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Today's News

  • Cassell, Galax edge Pulaski County

    Galax got bookend one-run innings and rode an overpowering effort by pitcher Hayden Cassell to take a 2-0 nondistrict win Wednesday over Pulaski County at Mountain View Park.

  • Salem powers past Carroll

    HILLSVILLE –– Transportation issues Tuesday delayed the arrival of Salem’s baseball team until game time, pushing the first pitch back about 30 minutes. The Spartan offense more than made up for the lost time.

  • Readers Hotline 4/10/17

    Down on the court
    I’m starting to think we don’t need a Supreme Court at all. Telling people they can’t have prayer in school yet they’ve got the 10 Commandments hanging up right behind them on the wall. That is not right and God is higher than the Supreme Court. If it’s all right with the Lord, it is all right with me. There are a lot of other things the Supreme Court is doing that is not what it should be either. I don’t know why we are letting nine people tell millions of people what to do anyway.

  • Council plans road projects

    Road projects were on the agenda at Galax City Council’s March 27 meeting, including work on Cranberry Road, possible funding for street paving and a sidewalk extension.

    After several months’ negotiation with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city has signed engineering agreements with the Lane Group and the design of the Cranberry Road project has started.

    The road is to be widened and the curve straightened on the length of Cranberry that runs between Glendale Road and U.S. 58, beside the new Sheetz store.

  • Break-ins, assault among Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Two men are charged in separate incidents with breaking into Galax residences. One also faces an assault charge and the other allegedly broke in with the intent to commit assault, police said.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, James Oliver Johnson, 56, of Woodlawn, was arrested on March 27 by Sgt. Shawny Jones and charged with felony breaking and entering a dwelling at night, misdemeanor assault on a family member, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor intentional damage to a monument amounting to less than $1,000.

  • Lewis indicted on murder charge

    Copyright 2017, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — During its March 28 quarterly session, a Smyth County grand jury handed down four indictments for a Wythe County man accused in the August 2016 hit-and-run killing of his ex-girlfriend and the attempted malicious wounding of her companion.

    The incident left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz of Fries dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Baby injured in Dugspur wreck

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    DUGSPUR – A three-month-old baby was injured April 3 in a single-vehicle rollover accident that occurred on U.S. 221 in Carroll County near Dugspur.

    Virginia State Trooper S.M. Phillips said Kasey Fox, 25, of Floyd, was traveling north on 221 in a 2015 Subaru when she ran off the left side of the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.

    Fox was wearing her seatbelt and received minor injuries. Her 3-month-old son, who was strapped in a car seat, was injured.

  • Grayson faces more school budget cuts

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is facing a difficult budget year, as a lack of funding has lead members to consider some tough cuts; including money for the high school’s dual enrollment program, capital improvement projects and personnel reductions as staff retires.

    In addition to this year’s concerns, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore warned the board about potential cuts in federal funding with the next budget; meaning that the administrators will need to plan ahead and seek alternative sources for funding.

  • Nunn remembered as keeper of Galax's history

    For many years, anytime someone had a question about Galax’s past, the first thing they’d hear was, “Go ask John Nunn.”

    Galax’s unofficial historian and a deeply engaged citizen, Nunn offered plenty of facts and lore up from his encyclopedic knowledge for anyone who’d ask.

  • GHS production of 'Hairspray' opens Friday

    Anyone looking for high-low culture (and a good dance number) this weekend in the Twin Counties need look no further than the Galax High School auditorium, where students will be recreating Civil Rights-era Baltimore in the hit musical “Hairspray,” based on the John Waters film of the same name.