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Today's News

  • BBQ contest fires up again in Galax

    This year’s 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship looks to be another landmark competition.

    This year’s contest is July 17-18 in downtown Galax. Teams from all over the country come to Galax to compete. For spectators, there’s live music and food vendors with barbecue (of course) and much more.

    According to Twin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Brannock, this year’s competition has drawn upwards of 40 teams, the highest number of competitors since Smoke on the Mountain’s beginning.

  • Oak Hall to hold job fair

    INDEPENDENCE — Oak Hall Cap and Gown will hold a job fair on July 17, as it works to fill positions at a new operation in town.

    The event will be held from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

    “This is a very reputable company, a leader in their industry, all made in America labels and materials, so this is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Grayson County Administrator Jonathon Sweet at a July 9 meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors.

  • Traffic stop yields multiple drug arrests

    Three people were arrested July 8 on multiple drug charges, following a traffic stop in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Deputy Trevor Carico made numerous drug arrests in connection with a traffic stop at the intersection of Crooked Creek and Klondike roads. The stop resulted in three arrests for drug violation charges.

    Meth, Oxycodone, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized, he said.

  • Grayson PSA's first meeting focuses on water projects

    INDEPENDENCE — The new Grayson County Public Service Authority (PSA) met for the first time last Thursday to introduce members — by default, the Board of Supervisors makes up the authority for now — and begin discussions about county projects.

    From the members present (Supervisor John Brewer was absent from the meeting), nominations were made for PSA chair, vice chair and clerk.

  • Galax names new tourism assistant director

    Jessica Milby, the City of Galax’s new assistant director of tourism and community development, has already been hard at work, even though it’s only her second day on the job.

  • Forest service pauses Mount Rogers trail realignment

    The USDA Forest Service is stepping back from trail realignment efforts in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Grayson, Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties.

    “We realize we must do a better job of engaging our trail users on this project,” said Area Ranger Beth Merz.

  • Confederate flag raises controversy

    HILLSVILLE — The ongoing debate over the Confederate flag has been a hot and divisive topic throughout the country for weeks now, and recent discussions could bring the argument before Carroll County government, as well.

    The recent disputes over the Confederate flag developed shortly after the tragic incident in Charleston, S.C., where a white gunman who espoused racist beliefs shot and killed nine black churchgoers.

    Despite this recent catalyst for taking down the flag, some say that the change was a long time coming.

  • Multiple injuries in U.S. 58 crash

    WOODLAWN — A two-vehicle collision injured four, with two removed by air transport, at 3:44 p.m. on July 9 at Faddis Hill on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn.

    According to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek, a black 2003 Ford Expedition, driven by Dominique Reeves, 27, of Galax, pulled out of Glendale Road, making a left onto 58, and struck a red 1995 Dodge Dakota, driven by Thomas Sturdivant Jr., 37, of Woodlawn, traveling westbound on 58.

  • Van overturns at shopping center

    A two-vehicle accident resulted in one of them overturning on East Stuart Drive next to the upper entrance of the Galax Plaza Shopping Center parking lot on Tuesday, at around 4:30 p.m.

    A white 2010 Ford Transit Connect van driven by Robert Rosenbaum, 22, of Austinville, turned onto East Stuart Drive into the path of an oncoming tan 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by Ruth Turner, 88, of Woodlawn, who was heading west, said Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    According to Cox, Rosenbaum thought Turner was making a left into the lot, but this was not the case.

  • Readers Hotline 7/8/15

    Question of fairness
    A caller said was racism to say that you hate President Obama, but does that mean that it is not racism to say that you hate George Bush because he is not part of a protected minority? And, all this talk about the police officers being prosecuted for arresting blacks, where is the fairness in this country? If they arrest a black then the police are going to be prosecuted? I can understand why there are less people being arrested now.

    Friend and foe