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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 12/7/16

    Obey the law

  • Firefighters battle roof blaze at business

    A flue fire at Truck Services Enterprises Inc. in Galax on Monday a little after 5 p.m. left no damage or injuries, according to Capt. Mike Ayers of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    The problem was caused when a waste oil furnace “happened to malfunction just a little bit, and it caused a bit of a flue fire,” said Ayers. “A stovepipe got so hot it actually lit a little bit of the roof.”

    Along with extinguishing it, firefighters cut off the furnace and employees of the business stayed to make sure there were no further problems.

  • 'Save Our Towns' series focuses on Fries

    FRIES — The Town of Fries was recently chronicled in an episode of “Save Our Towns,” an award-winning web series that explores the history of various towns in Appalachia.

    An outreach project launched by Virginia Tech, “Save Our Towns” episodes explore these areas in “reality show” segments. It is produced by Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, and is now in its third year of production.

  • New I-77 signs warn drivers of danger

    FANCY GAP – Motorists will see a new type of speed limit sign on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area of Carroll County, which will allow for speed limits to be changed based on reduced visibility conditions.

    The signs will be placed between the 0 and 15 mile markers — an area where high winds and heavy fog have caused numerous crashes, some fatal — and will allow speed limits to be lowered below 65 mph when weather conditions reduce visibility.

  • Dance conservatory to present 'The Nutcracker'

    The magic and beauty of The Nutcracker will return to local stages Dec. 10 and 11 with The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre’s 12th annual production of this classic holiday ballet.

    The Nutcracker ballet is timeless; from the dancing, to the characters, to the famous musical score, to the costumes and set designs.

    Appropriate for children of all ages, the conservatory has always promoted its version of The Nutcracker as a ballet “for children, by children.”

  • Readers Hotline 12/5/16

    Many thanks
    This is a great big thank you to Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church from Harmony Village for the wonderful meal you delivered to us on Thanksgiving Day. It was delicious and greatly appreciated by everyone. Thank you so very much and may God bless each and every one of you.

    Vultures overhead
    When is Galax going to get rid of these vultures? We had Thanksgiving at my house and everybody was making comments about the vultures. They are nasty and it was very embarrassing. I think Galax needs to do something.

  • America must begin building

    The notion that a builder (President-elect Donald Trump) could combine with spenders (Democrats and a smattering of Republicans) on a massive infrastructure push has seized Washington’s imagination.

    “Here’s how President-elect Trump could unify a bitterly divided America,” announced James B. Stewart in a New York Times column. By providing “well-paying jobs to many of the millions of disaffected workers who voted for him, and lift the economy, stock market and tax rolls.”

  • Two injured in 3-vehicle crash in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A man faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, after a three-vehicle accident on Nov. 27. The wreck occurred on Airport Road in Carroll County.

    According to a report from Trooper C.M. Delp with the Virginia State Police, authorities were notified of a motor vehicle accident at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27. The accident had taken place on Route 743 (Airport Road), about one-tenth of a mile north of Route 958 (Witts End Road) in Woodlawn.

  • Galax stonewalled in semis

    Galax’s 63-21 loss to Riverheads in the Group 1A state semifinals Saturday could be analyzed a thousand different ways.

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.