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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 12/12/16

    Pleasures in Galax
    The Galax Christmas parade was absolutely fabulous. A huge thank you to everyone that participated. The church floats were wonderful. All floats. Everyone did a wonderful job. A huge thank you to one of the oldest churches in Galax, the Galax Friends Church. Thank you for the cookies, the coffee, the hot chocolate. Thank you for serving the City of Galax, and all of those that participated in the parade. What a huge blessing it was. Wow, we have such pleasures here in Galax. Looking forward to our next parade.

  • Man pleads guilty to distributing veterinary medicine

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – The former store manager of the Carroll County Cooperative pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA].

    Marlin Webb, 58, of Woodlawn, appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on Dec. 9, where he waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy.

  • House fire under investigation

    A residential fire on Greenville Road last week is under investigation.

    The early morning fire on Dec. 8 left massive damage but no injuries or deaths, according to Chief David Hankley of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. No one was home at the time.

  • Nelson retiring as Galax rec director

    Galax Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson, who will retire on Dec. 31, recently took a few minutes to discuss his career and what he’s loved about the job.

    “Thirty-seven years and one month is what’ll it’ll be,” said Nelson. “I came here as the sports and athletic coordinator in 1979. The director at that time was Richard Black.”

  • 'Mountains of Music' to expand

    Staff Reports

    The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, announced its third annual Mountains of Music Homecoming event will take place June 9-17, 2017, in more than 50 communities throughout 19 counties in Southwest Virginia.

    Galax’s two-day HoustonFest is one of the featured performances, and Hillsville will host one of the celebration’s new “feastivals,” which combine farm-to-table food with live music.

  • Community Food Fund passes halfway mark

    Staff Report

    The Community Christmas Food Fund Live Radio Broadcast and Auction Fundraiser on Dec. 4 at Walmart was a successful start to the fundraising effort.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase food to fill 1,100 food boxes for 550 area families in need. These families live in the eastern side of Grayson County, the City of Galax and the western side of Carroll County.

  • Give from the heart this holiday season

    One of the warmest feelings this time of year is sitting down for dinner with family and friends and celebrating the season.

    But, not everyone has the means to provide a hearty Christmas dinner. Unemployment, disability, sickness and the infirmities of age are the Grinches that so often rob this time of cheer.

    That’s where some true holiday heroes come in.

  • United Way providing students weekend meals

    Staff Report

    In Southwest Virginia, one in four children live in poverty and more than half are on a free or reduced lunch program, according to data shared by United Way of Southwest Virginia.

    To assist these students, the organization partners with sponsoring organizations to provide nutritious weekend meals.

  • Millions of taxpayers face refund delay in 2017

    Staff Report

    As many as 15 million taxpayers could have their refunds delayed until at least Feb. 15 next year, according to an analysis by tax preparation company H&R Block.

    The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act now requires the IRS to hold refunds for returns claiming the earned income tax credit (EITC) and additional child tax credit (ACTC) until Feb. 15. Approximately 30 million taxpayers claim these credits, with half filing early, H&R Block said in a news release.

  • Power out after driver hits AEP pole

    A single-vehicle accident left the driver with apparently minor injuries after hitting a street sign and a power pole in the 100 block of Oldtown Street in Galax at 4:58 p.m. on Monday, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Lorene Jean Cline, 32, of Galax, was driving a 2013 Nissan Titan heading east on West Oldtown Street when she drove off the right side of the road, hitting a “No Parking” street sign and an AEP power pole, destroying it and leaving a live wire down.