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Today's News

  • Seeing Galax through visitor's eyes

    By David Martin, Whiteville, N.C.

    I have to take a moment to say “thank you” to all the kind people of Galax.

    In May, I began a surprise search for a birthday gift for my wife of 45 years. July 1 was her 63rd birthday and I wanted to give her a big surprise. She has always wanted to go to Mount Airy, N.C., so I began by searching things to do in the area.

  • RipTide second in Blue Ridge meet

    Twin County swimmers broke eight conference records and racked up 21 event championships Friday and Saturday as the Blue Ridge Swim Conference wrapped up its 2014 season with its conference meet at the Galax Recreation Department.

    Elkin came away with the team championship, amassing 1,953 points in 86 events to outdistance runner-up Galax’s 1,544. Dobson (1,194) placed third and was followed by Wytheville (1,035), Reeves Community Center (983) and the Carroll Wellness Center (545).

  • Multiple wrecks cause backup on I-77

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a series of four accidents that occurred within two-tenths of a mile on Interstate 77 early Friday.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the string of incidents began at 5 a.m. in the southbound lane at mile marker 2.8 in Carroll County. A flatbed tractor-trailer carrying aluminum framing for solar panels was traveling southbound when rain caused a passenger car in front of the tractor to hydroplane.

  • Friends pitch in for memorial

    In 2006, Gazette reporter Christopher Brooke snapped a photo of 15-year-old Jamie Lineberry of Hillsville, airborne on his skateboard.

    There, his friends and family say, was his favorite place to be — in the air, with his trusty board beneath him.

    That same photo is just one of the ways his loved ones now keep him immortalized in their hearts.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse gets makeover

    INDEPENDENCE — For the first time in 20 years, the exterior white trim on the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence is being completely repainted.

    Phillip Osborne of Hemlock Construction has begun the job using two different kinds of lifts to reach the highest points on the building more than 50 feet above ground.

  • Testimony reveals more about Anders shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — Testimony at Randy Lee Anders’ trial on July 24-25 revealed more about the night that Grayson County deputies confronted the wanted fugitive.

    The incident ended with deputies shooting Anders four times.

    Following the trial, Anders, 33, was convicted of five charges — including felony assault on two police officers — and sentenced to five years in prison.

    He will be formally sentenced in September.

  • Fiddlers will flock to Galax this weekend

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 79th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 9.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • Virginia holding sales tax holiday this weekend

    Virginia’s popular sales tax holiday for back to school items is in effect through Sunday.

    The sales tax exemption applies to most school and office supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and pairs of shoes priced at $100 or less each.

    Qualifying items will be exempt from Virginia’s 5.3 percent state and local sales tax.

    For example, if you spend $500 on qualifying items during the sales tax holiday, you’ll save $26.50 for tax-exempt purchases.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/30/14

    Securing the border
    President Obama doesn’t even know how to protect our borders. The governor out of Texas is doing the right thing by sending the National Guard. Obama is working against the American people. At least Gov. Perry is trying to do something about the border when our president is doing nothing about anything.

    WWJD

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 20

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on 32 charges on July 25.

    Carolyn Brittney Caviness led the list with six indictments, three for forgery and three for uttering a forged document.

    Other indictments included:

    • Timothy Eric Clontz – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

    • Kenneth Neil Carico – driving after being found to be an habitual offender.

    • Donny Lee Moore – possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.