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Today's News

  • Diner to feed anyone in need Christmas Day

    The West Galax Diner will be open Christmas Day to serve a very special clientele, says owner Tina Dowling.

    “We just started [planning] this last Sunday, because a girl who helps out on Sundays came in,” says Dowling. “She was looking for somewhere to volunteer [for Christmas] and couldn’t find anybody having a Christmas dinner. So I said, ‘We’ll do it.’”

  • Patients falling into healthcare 'coverage gap'

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    The army of counselors who help people sign up online for insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this open enrollment period face a range of reaction.

    The sessions usually end in gratitude — and sometimes insurance for someone who has been going without a safety net.

    But occasionally there’s frustration, even anger, from people who find the premiums and deductibles in the federal marketplace too much for their pocketbook.

  • Community comes together to help neighbors in need

    Santa’s elves are taller than you’d think: dozens of firefighters and citizen volunteers crowded into one of the Galax Fire Department’s bays to help pack Community Christmas Food Fund boxes for 550 needy local families on Dec. 18.

    Helpers of all ages loaded boxes onto a conveyor system, stocked the boxes with food and household items, kept them moving and stacked them when full. The boxes were delivered on Sunday.

  • Gladeville students make Christmas cards for soldiers

    This year, students at Gladeville Elementary School were given an important mission to spread holiday cheer to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who will likely not be home in time for the holidays.

    According to school counselor Judy Neal and art teacher Amy Jackson, who partnered for the project, around 70 Christmas cards were sent to a group of soldiers in an undisclosed location this year, thanking them for their service and wishing them a Merry Christmas.

  • Service animal policy causes board to pause

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board discussed a number of changes to school policies and program of studies this month, and tabled a policy about service animals on school grounds after one board member expressed concern over visitors being denied access to a school event.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette presented the changes at the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • Governor McAuliffe announces $1 million investment in Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that Thomas Automation Management (TAM), an automation firm that solves industrial IT problems for companies around the world, will invest $1 million to expand its operation in Carroll County, creating 15 new jobs.

    It was the fifth economic development announcement for Carroll County this year, officials noted as they spoke of the partnerships that have been developed for the sake of economic growth.

  • Galax hosts Grayson National event as holiday tournaments commence

    The Galax High School girls’ basketball program will host its second annual Grayson National Bank Holiday Classic, a three-day varsity-JV combo event starting scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

    The tournament will be made up of both a varsity and a JV bracket consisting of Galax, Grayson County, Christiansburg, Pulaski County, Patrick Henry, Marion, Mount Airy, N.C. and Forbush, N.C.

  • Larrowe, McGrady pick up VHSL all-state volleyball honors

    The high school volleyball season has been over for about a month but the honors keep coming in for two Twin County players.

    Galax’s Haley Larrowe was named to the first team of the Group 1A all-state team and Grayson County’s Camryn McGrady was selected as a second-team choice on the Group 2A all-state team in voting released recently by the Virginia High School League.

  • State Line comes up short in repeat bid

    ROANOKE –– The State Line Rush returned to the championship game but couldn’t defend its title, falling 50-48 to Wakefield in the Jingle Ball Tournament Saturday at North Cross School.

  • Tide girls win first; Cavs split

    CHRISTIANSBURG –– Galax got off the schneid after an 0-4 start, blowing away Christiansburg in the fourth quarter to take a 50-29 win in a nondistrict girls’ game Monday night.

    After the Maroon Tide jumped to an 11-3 lead in the first quarter, the two teams played evenly through the second and third until Galax smoked the Blue Demons 21-8 over the final eight minutes.