Today's News

  • Maroon Tide takes 27-7 win

    RURAL RETREAT –– During the preseason, Galax coach Mark Dixon referred to the 2015 club’s 1-4 start and how those four close losses revealed flaws that easy wins against lesser foes may not have shown. He quipped that he would have been a lot more comfortable being exposed without losing all four of those early games.

    The 2016 Maroon Tide is rolling up the wins, but the coach doesn’t seem much more comfortable about it this year than last.

  • Minor injuries in sideswipe wreck

    FRIES — A two-vehicle accident on Fries Road at 12:40 p.m. on Friday saw three people transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    A 2011 Cadillac SUV, driven by Jane Elizabeth Akers, 26, of Fries, was headed towards Galax when it crossed the solid yellow dividing line and ran into the path of a Dodge Caravan SUV, driven by John Michael King, 54, of Fries, headed towards the town.

    Alderman called the incident “a pretty significant sideswipe.”

  • 'Show for Joe' features all-star band

    An all-star lineup of traditional music greats performed Sept. 2 at the Joe Wilson Memorial Festival at the Blue Ridge Music Center, including a “supergroup” consisting of Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas and The Whites.

    All shared stories of Wilson, a longtime music promoter and historian who lived in Fries after his retirement, and how he worked to preserve American roots music.

    “Joe’s heart and soul is in this place,” said Skaggs.

  • Clontz remembered, suspect in court

    MARION ― As John Randolph Lewis was arraigned for a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Heather Copeland Clontz, the woman’s family is remembering her.

    Clontz, 35, of Fries, was a graduate of Grayson County High School and worked as a waitress at Porky’s restaurant in Galax.

    Following the news, family and friends have shared heartfelt tributes and posted messages of love on Clontz’s Facebook page.

  • Galax staff to explain new stormwater fee

    The Galax city staff is preparing to meet with business owners and residents so they view a new stormwater program’s requirements, including a fee that will come due in December.

    There will be public information sessions in September for people who have questions about the new stormwater fee.

  • Galax offers small business loans

    Staff Report

    Have you been dreaming of starting your own business?

    Do you have a business in Galax you want to grow or expand?

    The City of Galax and the Galax Industrial Development Authority are eager to assist Galax businesses in starting or growing with money to lend below the prime interest rate. Loans are now available for $500 to $5,000.

  • Federal judge accepts Nofsinger's plea agreement

    ABINGDON — At a brief plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon in Western District of Virginia U.S. Court in Abingdon, Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography.

    He faces between 15 and 90 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

    “The actions this defendant took were perverse and obscene and his punishment will be severe, but just,” said U.S. Attorney John Fishwick in a statement after the hearing.

  • First-time festival brings musical mix to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Music lovers were entertained during Labor Day weekend in Hillsville at the first-ever Hillfest music festival.

    Created by Brian and Laura Beth Parnell with Parnell Productions, the event featured such bands as The Church Sisters, The Hackensaw Boys and Annabelle’s Curse.

    A variety of local, regional and nationally known musicians took to the three stages during the three day festival, which featured camping, arts vendors, crafts, food, children’s activities and hot air balloon rides

  • Police: suspect assaulted officer after pursuit, crash

    A Dugspur man was arrested in Grayson County last week on multiple charges after he reportedly attempted to elude law enforcement on his motorcycle, crashed the vehicle and then fought with the officer.

  • Readers Hotline 9/7/16

    Help the middle class
    I don’t think anybody understands anything anymore. People are not taking from the government and stealing from one another to give to one another at all. All they are trying to do is ask millionaires to pay their fair share of taxes so the middle class don’t get stuck with higher taxes to pay for those who are not paying anything. That is not stealing. That is only fair and trying to help the middle class. That’s the ones being stolen from – the middle class.