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Today's News

  • Ministry moving out of Galax, expanding services

    As of Jan. 1, PUSH Ministries is moving from downtown Galax to Fairview in order to offset operating costs and make more room in its budget for helping others, according to Jill Burcham, the organization’s pastor and founder.

    Sitting at her desk near the front door of their current location, huddled near a space heater, Burcham said that while the owner of their spot on Main Street had been very generous in donating the space for several years, they were now going to start charging rent.

  • Readers Hotline 12/11/17

    Keyless no more
    Thank you to the kind, thoughtful person who took time to pick up my lost post office box key and turn it in at the Hillsville Post Office. You were a blessing. Thank you.

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  • Tyson Ford's best day ever

    For one glorious day, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department had an extra firefighter at their side — 16-year-old Tyson Ford.

    Tyson, who has Down’s Syndrome, has been fascinated with firefighters since he was three, said his mom, Kyla.

    She and her husband, Steven, have been teaching Functional Fitness classes at the firehouse on Wednesday nights. The discipline is meant to incorporate moves the firefighters would naturally engage in as part of their jobs, and strengthen their ability to perform these actions.

  • Anthem policy change won't affect local patients

    Twin County residents can rest assured that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield policy changes coming in March 2018 will not affect their ability to access imaging services, according to Anthem media contact Scott Golden.

    Beginning in March, the insurance provider — which is the only one available in Southwest Virginia still participating in the Affordable Care Act federal marketplace — will require enrollees to go to free-standing facilities for MRIs and CT scans, instead of having the procedures done at hospitals.

  • Mailbox vandalism spreads to Carroll

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Mailbox vandalism has spread to Carroll County, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Gardner reported that his office has received several complaints from citizens in different parts of the county about mailboxes being destroyed in recent days.

    In Grayson County, the sheriff’s department is offering a $250 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone damaging mailboxes. Sheriff Richard Vaughan said all areas of the county have been hit.

  • Police link crashed car to burglaries

    Staff Report

    BAYWOOD — Two men were charged in connection with breaking and entering reports in the Baywood area of Grayson County last Wednesday, after authorities responded to a crash involving a car matching the suspect vehicle’s description.

  • Mental health funding still an issue in Virginia

    The legislative subcommittee examining Virginia’s mental health system registered a significant victory earlier this year when the General Assembly approved a bill expanding the mandated services provided by community services boards.

    It also has done well to address the systematic shortcomings illuminated by the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate. As a result, jailhouse deaths will now be investigated by the Board of Corrections.

  • Carroll burglary suspect to plead

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court this month, on multiple charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year.

    According to Circuit Court records, Wyndom Taylor Thornton will submit a plea to charges of entering a structure to commit larceny, assault and battery or other felony; grand larceny (greater than or equal to a $200 value); larceny with intent to distribute (more than a $200 value); and two charges of distribution of a Schedule II drug (second offense).

  • Three charged in Wythe County double homicide

    Staff Reports

    WYTHEVILLE — Three teens are charged in connection with a double homicide in Wythe County, after the two victims’ bodies were found this week.

    Raymond Lewis Rodriguez, 24, of Austinville, was one of two victims found Dec. 6 at a residence in Wythe County. The second victim was Aiden Dawson, 17, of Wytheville, who had been missing since Nov. 30. Both had been shot in the head, police said.

    In a statement to TV station WDBJ-7, Rodriguez’s sister described Rodriguez and Dawson as “best friends.”

  • Rite-Aid in Galax to become Walgreens

    The Rite-Aid in Galax will become a Walgreens on Dec. 13, according to a company spokesman.

    Walgreens’ Director of External Communications Jim Cohn fielded questions by phone about the change of ownership taking place next week. In September, a deal was struck for Walgreens to purchase 1,932 Rite-Aid stores across the country for $4.4 billion. Rite-Aid will still own a little over half of its stores.

    The Galax store is located at 425 East Stuart Drive.