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Today's News

  • House, Senate conferees agree on state budget

    RICHMOND — House and Senate budget conferees have agreed on a 2 percent pay raise for state employees, restoration of $30 million in funding to local governments that had been cut and a deposit of nearly $130 million to the rainy day fund, Republicans said on Monday.

    They said a vote could be held in each chamber as early as Thursday.

    In a statement, House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) and Senate Finance Chairman Walter Stosch (R- Henrico County) said the budgets approved by each chamber earlier this month were already in close alignment.

  • Gwyn sentenced on federal drug charges

    ROANOKE ― A Cana man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Roanoke following a guilty plea for a federal charge of possession of a Schedule II drug.

    Robert Lee Gwyn Jr., 40, of Cana, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II drug, with the intent to distribute, according to Brian McGinn, a public affairs specialist of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Western District of Virginia.

  • Commission nomination controversial

    You have to wonder what Sulphur Springs District Supervisor Bob Martin was thinking when he nominated Billy Mitchell to serve on the Planning Commission last month.

    Mitchell, a former county administrator, was convicted 17 years ago for embezzling more than $400,000 from the Carroll and served time in federal prison.

    Martin has gone on record with his belief that Mitchell has been paying his dues and deserves a second chance.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: February 22-28

     2010

    Jose Rojas and Darian Sizemore won individual state championships and Edu Rojas placed second as Galax finished second in the team standings at the Group A state wrestling tournament.

  • Maroon Tide’s win streak, season come to end

    HILLSVILLE –– After being able to squeeze in a conference quarterfinal game Monday between salvos from Mother Nature, the hopes in Galax were that the Maroon Tide girls would have a little more polish to their game than Fort Chiswell, which hadn’t played a game in nearly two weeks.

    The Pioneers may wish to consider scheduling a 13-day break in the regular season now and then if Wednesday was of any indication.

  • Galax clamps down on Fort

    HILLSVILLE –– For a team so adept at knocking down the 3-pointer, Galax is remarkably competent at not needing to live or die by it.

    The Maroon Tide repeatedly caught a chasing Fort Chiswell defense out of position and scored at will in the paint Wednesday, putting that together with an overwhelming defensive effort, all leading to a dominant 53-25 win over the Pioneers in the semifinals of the oft-delayed Conference 46 tournament at Carroll County High School.

  • State police field 801 calls during snowstorm

    RICHMOND - Since midnight Tuesday, Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers statewide have fielded 801 calls for service statewide.

    During the period statewide, Virginia troopers responded to 238 traffic crashes and 191 disabled vehicles. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. There have no reported traffic fatalities.

    Between midnight and 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the VSP Division IV office in Wytheville — which covers Galax, Carroll and Grayson — answered 78 total calls for service, including 15 crashes and 33 disabled vehicles.

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  • Staples, Frazier to marry

    Morris and Dreama Staples of Hillsville announced the engagement of their daughter, Elaina Staples, to Matthew Frazier.

    He is the son of Tony and Sherry Frazier of Galax.
    A June wedding is planned.

  • Nelson, Rippey exchange vows

    Ashley Nicole Nelson and William Matthew Rippey were united in marriage Sept. 13, 2014, at Cliffview Church of God in Galax.
    Pastor Ron Hill presented a welcome and prayer. The Rev. D.G. Fox, former pastor of the bride, officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Harold and Judy Nelson of Galax and the granddaughter of Porter and Bonnie Noblett, Mary Nelson and the late Billy Nelson, all of Independence.