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Today's News

  • Galax powers into playoffs

    Mathematically, Grayson County was still alive for a Region 2A West playoff spot entering Friday’s regular season finale at Galax. All the Blue Devils needed was a win over the Maroon Tide, a Carroll County victory over 5A Patrick Henry-Roanoke, a monumental upset by Bland County over Fort Chiswell plus a half-dozen or more other games to fall perfectly into place.

    All that math can be hard, but was rendered moot by the fact that 42 is greater than 14.

  • Vaughan wants to carry on predecessor's school goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim at-large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the at-large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning in 2017.

  • Readers Hotline 11/7/16

    Editor’s note: We have grouped election-related Hotline comments into today’s edition in order to get them out of the way before Tuesday’s election. Calls received about other topics will appear in the Hotline on Wednesday. If you call to react to political comments below, your call may not be published if it’s more rehash. Because when it’s over, it’s over.

    Worst mistake

  • Medicaid expansion would cover additional 3,000 locally

    Galax City Council has approved a letter of support for Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which would make hundreds of additional citizens eligible for healthcare coverage in the city.

    Democrats in the General Assembly and Gov. Terry McAuliffe have been pushing for expansion, but Republican legislators oppose the move.

    Twin County Regional Hospital CEO Jon Applebaum and Galax Director of Social Services Susan Clark spoke at council’s Oct. 24 meeting about Medicaid expansion and how it would affect citizens. Both stressed the need for such expansion.

  • Dog mauling death suspects headed to court

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – Two Grayson County residents charged in the dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl have pending court dates.

    A Grayson Circuit Court grand jury met on Oct. 28 and indicted Terra Lynn Connell and John Terry Underwood on charges involving the January death of Payton Lyrik Sawyers, who was killed by the couple’s dog, according to police reports.

  • ON THE BALLOT: NOV. 8, 2016

    Staff Reports

    The debates are history. The barrage of TV ads is almost over. The signs will not sway much longer in your neighbor’s yard. You’ve (hopefully) made up your mind by now.

    Tuesday is Election Day. Finally.

  • Two injured in Hebron Road wreck

    A two-vehicle accident on Hebron Road in Galax on Thursday afternoon at 4:18 p.m. left multiple injuries but no fatalities, according to Virginia State Trooper Charlie Delp.

    A 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Dennis Matthew Higgins, 21, of Woodlawn, pulled out of Mount Zion Road onto Hebron Road when his vehicle was struck by a 2006 Pontiac Vibe driven by Mary Lucille Wyatt, 58, of Independence.

    Wyatt and a passenger were transported from the scene for treatment of what Delp described as moderate injuries. Both vehicles were totaled.

  • Voters will decide on labor union amendment

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia has had a right-to-work law since 1947 governing organized labor.

    The law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

    Republicans in the General Assembly want to go a step further, and Virginia voters will decide Tuesday whether to make that provision of state law part of the state constitution.

  • City council recognizes coach, police officers

    At the Oct. 24 Galax City Council meeting, special recognition was presented to a Galax High School coach and three Galax Police Department detectives.

    Veteran theater coach B.J. Carroll was lauded for her induction into the 2016 Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. Carroll is the GHS coach with the most wins, leading theatrical teams to the state championships six times and coaching numerous state best actor award winners.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A North Dakota man was charged in a single-vehicle accident after overturning a tractor-trailer along the New River Valley Parkway on Nov. 1.

    According to a report from Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson, Anthony Lee Smith, 60, of West Fargo, N.D., was operating a 2000 Camp Peterbilt tractor trailer along the parkway when he ran off the right side of the roadway, hit an embankment and overturned into a fence. The accident occurred around 5 p.m.