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Today's News

  • Music center kicks off concert series

    Music will ring out from the foot of Fisher Peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway as the 2015 concert season begins at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

    The Music Center will showcase the talents of great performers, including Della Mae, The Sherman Holmes Project with Phil Wiggins, Marty Raybon, The Jeff Little Trio, Alice Gerrard, Steep Canyon Rangers, Wayne Henderson with Helen White and Herb Key, De Temps Antan, Rebecca Frazier, The Steel Wheels, and many more.

    Shows are Saturdays at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. In mid-September, Saturday showtimes move to 4 p.m.

  • Galax sets June 13 as graduation date

    Galax City Public Schools has set June 13 as the Galax High School graduation date.

    GHS 1997 graduate Sarah B. Hiza, Ph.D., has been selected as the graduation speaker this year. Hiza went on to obtain degrees from both Virginia Tech and the University of Akron and works in propulsion systems.

    In other action at recent meetings, the board:

  • Woolwine pleads guilty to second degree murder, hit and run

    HILLSVILLE — A Christiansburg man who pleaded guilty Monday to hit-and-run and the second-degree murder of his 4-year-old son faces the possibility of a 50-year prison sentence and a $102,500 fine.

    Christopher Woolwine was arrested on Halloween night 2014 after he left the scene of an accident on U.S. 52 and crashed his car a second time while attempting to evade authorities. Woolwine was traveling with his young son, who was killed in the second wreck, according to police reports.

  • Double duty for Strickland

    HILLSVILLE –– Like most kids who are into multiple sports, Cheyenne Strickland’s favorite has been the one that’s happened to be in season at the moment. The Carroll County senior still can’t decide. But she’s got four more years to try.

    Strickland committed to Ferrum College last week to play volleyball and softball, and while dual-sport athletes at the collegiate level aren’t exactly common, she relishes the thought of giving it a shot.

  • Devils zip to 18-5 win, Lady Cavs go 19-0

    WARDELL –– It’s a good inning when you can put up a crooked number. It’s a good day when you can put up a zip code.

    Grayson County borrowed the Palm Beach, Fla. postal ID for its line score – 33480 – and capped a 17-win regular season with an 18-5 win over the Blue Tornado in a nondistrict game Friday at Southwest Virginia Community College.

    The win avenged a 2-1 loss to Richlands in April.

  • Galax overtakes G-Men

    Galax boys’ soccer coach Troy Barkley has said it many times throughout the season: If his Maroon Tide can get a consistent effort for 80 minutes, his boys will be an awfully tough team to beat.

    They’re no easy nut to crack as it is.

    Despite the rarity of trailing in the second half, Galax finished its regular season with a 14-1 mark after rallying to overtake Graham 4-2 in a Mountain Empire District match and the season finale for both teams Friday at Galax High School.

  • Volunteers collect 1,325 bags of trash

    Motorists, bikers and hikers alike may have noticed by now that the roadsides in Carroll County are a lot cleaner than usual, thanks to a community effort.

    During the months of April and May, citizens were invited to participate in the county’s annual Roadside Litter Control Project. Individuals, churches, civic groups and other organizations volunteered to roll up their sleeves and bag up more than 1,000 bags of trash.

  • Trial to be set for Billings homicide suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — Both suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings are now being scheduled for hearings in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Chad Allen Reeves, 32, and George Albert Harper III, 41, have been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the death of high school student Billings — a case that is almost 13 years old.

  • "Give me liberty": Trausneck preserves Virginia patriot's speech

    HILLSVILLE — Guests who attended last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Hillsville might have spotted a familiar figure at the Grover King VFW Post during the festivities. Clad in familiar colonial attire, “Patrick Henry” took the stage last year to deliver his historic message to the community.

  • Readers Hotline 5/25/15

    Supports trades class
    When I moved my family to beautiful Grayson County, I thought, “how lucky.” Now, I wonder about my children’s education. The vocational programs — building trades were great. Now gone. How about us doing something stronger. The school superintendent and school board need an overhaul. Why lose what we have?

    Republican potholes