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Today's News

  • Eclipse watching in Galax

    Hundreds of students filled the football field and bleachers at Galax High School on Monday to view the solar eclipse, with safety glasses provided by Virginia State Parks.

    Over the stadium’s PA system, science teachers gave updates as the moon passed in front of the sun and the afternoon turned dark. Galax was not in the path of totality, but experienced about a 90 percent eclipse.

    This was the first eclipse visible all across the United States in nearly 100 years, and the last visible in the Twin Counties for a long time.

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  • Lineberry in court for charge of manslaughter

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Tanisha Ann Lineberry, charged in the vehicle death of her son, three year-old Jaylen Lineberry, was appointed legal counsel at a hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court on Aug. 17.

    According to court records, Lineberry has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and abuse of a child resulting in serious injury.

    Her trial date is scheduled to be set on Oct. 27. According to the circuit court office, attorney J. Tompkins will represent Lineberry.

  • Alward named new hospital CEO

    Staff Report

    Dale Alward has been named the new CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH), effective Aug. 28.

    He will serve as the fourth chief executive in TCRH’s 44-year history.

    Alward replaces interim CEO Agnes Smith, who is also the hospital’s chief nursing officer. She has been serving in dual roles since the departure of Jon Applebaum earlier this year.

  • Warner hears from Galax community

    “I can’t think of a time when there’s been more unease in our political system than right now,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) at a meeting with local leaders Aug. 16 in Galax.

    “It’s almost like our democracy’s being tested at this point.”

    Warner, U.S. Senator from Virginia and its former governor, was late to arrive at The Crossroads Institute, but stayed over to answer a few extra questions when prompted by his aides to leave.

  • Crossroads to host eclipse viewing party

    Staff Report

    Things will be looking up at Wytheville Community College on Monday.

    Actually, people will be looking up — at the solar eclipse that will be visible from the Twin Counties that afternoon.

    WCC will hold solar eclipse viewing parties at all three campuses (Wytheville, Marion and The Crossroads Institute in Galax) from 2-3 p.m.

    There will be eclipse ice cream and projection viewers at each location.

  • Hate, not heritage, in the streets of Charlottesville

    Kerry Dougherty is a columnist for The Virginian-Pilot.

    One dead. Dozens injured.

    It’s time to stop calling what transpired in the streets of Charlottesville on August 12 a white supremacist “rally” and say what it really was:

    A riot.

    A brutal clash between protesters and counter-protesters swinging clubs and baseball bats, throwing bottles and spewing expletives.

    And finally, a car plowing into a crowd of pedestrians that left one person dead and 19 injured.

  • Free clinic to hold 25th anniversary open house

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties is hosting a 25th Anniversary Open House this Saturday from 5-7 p.m., according to Director Melissa Dill.

    The event will involve raffles, refreshments and live music, and will hopefully serve as a fundraiser to garner donations for the clinic, as well, said Dill.

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties was founded 25 years ago by Dr. Ohlen Wilson and Dr. Robert Pryor, along with members of the First Baptist Church of Galax, to give those who could not otherwise afford medical care a chance at professional treatment and service.

  • Musical Passages: a tribute to Joe Wilson

    During the week of the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, a special showcase titled “Musical Passages: A Tribute to Joe Wilson” honored the late luminary of Americana.

    Led by his wife, Kathy James, and featuring several of his friends and cultural compatriots, the 90-minute event at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts was a loving tribute and raucous recall of Wilson’s life and times.

  • Grayson plans school renovations

    INDEPENDENCE — The county and school boards continued to clash over the school budget this month, when a request to approve funding for renovation projects at the high school was tabled, pending a presentation of the school’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan.