Today's News

  • Salon, school owner fined, license revoked

    The state Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has revoked a cosmetology license belonging to Peggy Marie Haynes, after learning that her salon and cosmetology school in Cana, I Style Salon and Academy, was not properly licensed.

    The board made the decision to revoke Haynes’ license during their meeting on Nov. 17, during which they reviewed the investigative file, transcript and exhibits from an informal fact-finding conference and summary on Aug. 11.

  • Police chief serving on state drug task force

    RICHMOND — The Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse held its first meeting Nov. 12, in Richmond, to recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Virginia.

    In attendance was Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, who was appointed earlier this year as part of the 29-member task force. Clark is one of three municipal police chiefs across the state selected to serve.

  • Peaks pleads guilty to husband's shooting

    HILLSVILLE — Pamela Denise Peaks pleaded guilty to amended charges of unlawful wounding and the reckless handing of a firearm in the shooting of her husband, James Parnell “Crow” Peaks, in Carroll County Circuit Court on Nov. 13.

    Peaks was originally charged with aggravated malicious wounding, a Class 2 felony; and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.


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  • Tide, Haysi for semifinal berth

     Galax is fighting for another state semifinal appearance. Haysi is fighting to keep its program alive.

    In what may be the final game ever hosted by Haysi, the Tigers will welcome back the Maroon Tide in the third round of the Region 1A West playoffs Saturday at 2 p.m. on the thick, moist brown earth of the Sandlick Elementary School grounds.

  • Infection Prevention: Beyond the common cold & flu


    Chief Nursing Officer, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    With the advent of fall, cold and flu season arrives, which means it’s time to arm yourself and your loved ones with the proper preventive measures to stay well.

    Be prepared by making sure you and your family have had your annual immunizations, as well as taking sensible measures to avoid the spread of illness.

  • Readers Hotline 11/26/14

    Kid with a whistle
    I went to a game Saturday and could not believe my eyes when I saw that little kid trying to ref that game. What happened to the adult refs? They would call the games by the rules so our kids would learn how to play the game. This is ridiculous. We want our kids to learn.

    No sympathy

  • Jones to be sentenced for murder conviction

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, 36, found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, has been scheduled for a sentencing hearing in January.

    Jones was found guilty by a jury after a three-day trial at Grayson Circuit Court last week.

    Proceedings began on Nov. 19 and ended after 10 p.m. on Nov. 21.

    According to evidence, George, 33, was strangled to death and her body was dumped by a road in Fries. She was missing for nearly a month.

  • Merchants concerned over parade plans

    HILLSVILLE — Downtown merchants expressed their concern to the Hillsville Town Council earlier this month after hearing about several changes that have been made to this year’s Christmas celebration.

    In previous years, the annual event began with the Christmas parade at 4 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony. However, this year’s plan includes a later start date, with the tree lighting slated for 5:15 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m.

  • Police: witness drove stolen car to court


    INDEPENDENCE — While a Galax man was in court testifying in a murder case last week, police in Independence discovered that the car he drove to court was stolen from West Virginia.

    Now, two Galax residents are facing charges.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner said he was investigating a suspicious vehicle call at the Independence Post Office on Nov. 20 when he observed a man and woman walking in that area.