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Today's News

  • Grayson, Hill bounce back

    INDEPENDENCE –– Whether it’s a bicycle or a horse, it’s always best for one to get back on as soon as possible after having been thrown off.

    A pitching mound is no different.

  • Galax delays new school decision

    Galax City Council has voted unanimously to hold over the request for a decision on the school board’s conditional use permit for a new school until September.
    In the meantime, council plans to meet with the school board and and continue discussions.
    The motion at council’s May 27 meeting also included an agreement consider other sites for a new elementary and middle school building.
    A related issue addressed at the council meeting was the alleged conflict of interest regarding members of the Galax Planning Commission.

  • Crowder named Hillsville Citizen of the Month

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council member David Young named Nelson Rufus Crowder as May’s Citizen of the Month at council’s May 12 meeting.

  • Beekeepers' warning: don't hinder swarming

    Since May and June are typical swarm months for honeybees, several Twin County residents are finding bee hives on their property.
    Bees can be perceived as a threat because of their sharp stingers, but local beekeepers and the Virginia Cooperative Extension are stressing how important these bees are to the ecosystem.

  • Mohawk defended against EPA claims

    HILLSVILLE — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators wants to clear the air about companies like Mohawk Industries in Hillsville that have worked to reduce pollution.

  • Home destroyed by Memorial Day fire

    Firefighters responded to a home at 2813 Beamer’s Knob Road in Fancy Gap on May 23 during Memorial Day Weekend.

    The house was fully engulfed by the time the fire departments arrived on scene, according to Carroll County Emergency Services Director Mike Mock.

    Carroll County Fire & Rescue and the Hillsville Fire Department worked together at the scene to douse the flames.

    No further information about the fire was available on press time Wednesday.

  • Two more indicted in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Indictments against two more suspects were unsealed last week following arrests by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    The Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury met April 25 and returned several indictments that were sealed until arrests could be made.
    They included:
    • Nickie C. Vaughan, 39, of Fries, who was charged with possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance (meth);
    • Jeremiah James Caudill, 24, of Galax, who was charged with possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance (meth).

  • Play weds physical and verbal comedy

    Things I did not know about tying the knot before seeing the comedy “Dearly Beloved,” the Galax Theatre Guild’s newest production:
    1. There’s nothing wrong with exchanging your vows outdoors between a crepe myrtle and a propane tank.
    2. Gospel trio sister acts are welcome entertainment at Texas weddings.
    3. Seven-layer dip sometimes has a life of its own.

  • Bill endorses medical marijuana use

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has introduced a bill, HR 4498, in the U.S. Congress that would have the federal government legally allow the states to move towards an appropriate use of medicinal marijuana.
    Griffith, whose 9th District includes Galax and the Twin Counties, said Virginia passed a medical marijuana statute for glaucoma and cancer treatment in 1979 in the anticipation that one day, federal law would allow it.

  • Seized property pays for crimefighting

    When police officers in Virginia get new equipment, weapons or body armor, they often have criminals to thank.
    The way Virginia law works, convicted felons are paying for the fight against crime.
    Virginia law enforcement has been empowered to use money and items seized in drug busts for local police funding since the late 1980s, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.