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Today's News

  • Wagner charged with burglary at 58 Grocery

    Staff Reports

    A man has been arrested in connection with the burglary of 58 Grocery in Baywood.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Mico Davis was alerted to the incident at the business, located at 10009 Grayson Parkway (U.S. 58), on Feb. 7, during a business check. Davis alerted dispatch and deputies Eric Testerman and Brandon Phillips arrived to assist in clearing the area.

  • GVFD responds to electrical fire at Webb plant

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department put out an electrical fire at Webb Particle Board on Monday at around 5:30 a.m.

    Firefighters arrived to find that an electrical issue had caused a fire in the sawdust storage area of the facility, and spent about an hour putting out the fire in various spots around the electrical room.

    Five trucks and 20 firefighters responded to the scene. No injuries were reported. No damage occurred to the facility, except for the electrical device.

  • Plant recovering from vandalism

    In the wake of the vandalism at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture last week, some areas of the Galax plant are still closed, with the relevant employees able to file for unemployment through the Virginia Employment Commission until cleanup and repairs are complete, according to President Doug Bassett.

  • Farm fresh, never frozen

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market is up and running, even during the cold winter months.

    The online winter market has had $4,000 in sales since opening for the season on Oct 18. There are 14 vendors and two community fundraisers.

    Customers can place orders anytime from Friday afternoon until Wednesday evening. This gives the vendors time to prepare orders for customer pickup at the 1908 Courthouse on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon.

  • Prosecutor: pair plotted to kill teen

    Staff Reports

    Two Virginia Tech students charged with killing a Blacksburg teen and disposing of her body near Galax plotted the crime together, according to testimony at a Feb. 2 bond hearing in Christiansburg.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, was killed and her body found on Jan. 30 off Route 89 in North Carolina, about seven miles south of Galax and just 1.25 miles over the border from Grayson County.

  • Wreck damages ambulance, VFW fence

    HILLSVILLE – A Dugspur man collided with an ambulance in Hillsville last week, which resulted in damages to the fence around VFW Post 1115.

    According to police reports, the Hillsville Police Department responded to an accident on Main Street in Hillsville around 8:40 a.m. on Feb. 2.

  • Dori Freeman: Rising Star

    The video on YouTube is arresting. A slender, pale young woman in a tank top and jeans, sitting partly in a shaft of light, leans back into her seat, pulling the hand that turned the camera on down to rest on her thigh before she kicks into the song.

    It’s a hard-luck tale of the kind so prevalent in American folk and old-time mountain music, about poverty and its accompanying hardships. She sings it a cappella, accompanying herself only with rhythmic slaps against her denim-clad legs.

  • Conference basketball tournament schedules

     

    CONFERENCE 24 GIRLS

    Monday

    #5 Salem at #4 William Byrd

    Pulaski County 47, Bassett 37

    Wednesday

    William Byrd-Salem winner at #1 Carroll County

    Pulaski County at #2 William Fleming

    Thursday

    Championship at highest remaining seed


    CONFERENCE 24 BOYS

  • REMEMBER WHEN

     1986

    Independence poured in 34 third-quarter points and hammered Mount Rogers 94-59. Kelly Haga had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Kirk Goodson contributed 14 points and 14 boards while Ashley Haga dished 10 assists.

    Galax remained atop the MED volleyball standings after a four-set win over Independence.

    1981

  • Tide swimmers advance to region

    BRISTOL –– Galax finished third in the boys’ team standings and fifth among the girls’ teams at the conference swim meet at Virginia High.

    The host Bearcats swept the team titles, with the boys’ team earning 237 points to runner-up Marion’s 213. Galax was third with 124, followed by George Wythe (98) and Patrick Henry (61) in the top five.