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Today's News

  • Gift establishes scholarship for technical skills

    When Anne Vaughan of Galax had trouble finding a plumber and a bricklayer, she realized that the area needs a workforce trained in technical skills.

    She decided to do something about that, by donating $200,000 to Wytheville Community College for a new scholarship.

    Vaughan, widow of the late John Vaughan of Vaughan Furniture, presented the gift in a public announcement held at the Crossroads Institute last week.

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.

  • Suspect captured, charged with abduction and robbery

    INDEPENDENCE — The second suspect in an armed robbery and abduction was captured Nov. 29 in Carroll County.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, David Alan Rutherford has been charged with armed robbery, abduction by force, possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

  • Lewis heads to court for homicide, assault

    MARION — Two charges in the fatal hit-and-run death of a Fries woman and the vehicular injury of an Ivanhoe man have been continued by the Smyth County General District Court.

    John Randolph Lewis, 34, of Wytheville is charged in the first-degree murder of Heather Copeland Clontz, 35, and the malicious assault of Samuel D. Lawson. According to the court’s online database, Lewis will appear in court Dec. 8 for the assault charge and one charge of failure to stop for an accident.

  • Carroll recognizes students, teachers

    HILLSVILLE – Many special recognitions and accomplishments were praised at the November meeting of the Carroll County School Board. In addition to announcing the county’s finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year, several other teachers and students were recognized and presented special projects they had done.

    An update was also provided on the AmeriCorps tutoring program in Carroll County schools. Tonyia Gibson, AmeriCorps Director, oversees 32 AmeriCorps tutors for Carroll County and 13 tutors in Floyd County.

  • Dog saved from burning building

    In an unexpected turn of events, man proved to be dog’s best friend in the course of a structure fire on Pipers Gap Road at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, when members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department rescued a dog from a burning outbuilding.

    Firefighters arrived on scene to find a 500-square-foot detached garage with fire blowing out of the front and left sides. Two hoses were pulled from an engine to put the fire out.

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    Many thanks
    This is a great big thank you to Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church from Harmony Village for the wonderful meal you delivered to us on Thanksgiving Day. It was delicious and greatly appreciated by everyone. Thank you so very much and may God bless each and every one of you.

    Vultures overhead
    When is Galax going to get rid of these vultures? We had Thanksgiving at my house and everybody was making comments about the vultures. They are nasty and it was very embarrassing. I think Galax needs to do something.

  • America must begin building

    The notion that a builder (President-elect Donald Trump) could combine with spenders (Democrats and a smattering of Republicans) on a massive infrastructure push has seized Washington’s imagination.

    “Here’s how President-elect Trump could unify a bitterly divided America,” announced James B. Stewart in a New York Times column. By providing “well-paying jobs to many of the millions of disaffected workers who voted for him, and lift the economy, stock market and tax rolls.”

  • Carroll boys clamp down on Floyd

     FLOYD –– Carroll County limited Floyd County to eight points or fewer in all four quarters and presented Tee Jackson a win in his first game as the Cavaliers’ head coach as Carroll stymied the Buffaloes 42-23 in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.

    Carroll County led just 17-13 at halftime but pulled away in the second half by holding the Buffaloes to 10 points after intermission.

    Garrett Haynes led all scorers with 13 points for the Cavaliers and Caden Hodges added 11.