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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 7/20/15

    Crows invasion
    Terrace Lane residents never had crows until the garbage receptacles were overloaded and overflowing onto the street. Crows are mean. They kill rabbits and birds and make a trashy looking street. Be sure your garbage container lid is securely closed.

    Deer will multiply

  • Plane crash cause still unknown

    A preliminary report was issued by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the crash of a Piper Cherokee Warrior on July 1 near the Twin County Airport.

    NTSB officials said that the final report on the crash may be more than a year away.

  • New generation sings for Caty Sage

    FRIES — A piece of local history was passed down to students at Fries School last month, when a local songwriter designed her own take on a locally-spun tale about a girl named Caty Sage.

    According to the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum’s online exhibit, “The Ballad of Caty Sage” was originally a poem written in the 1930s by Eva Boyer of Carroll County, and was later set to music by J.C. Pierce of Galax. Pierce performed it at the 1940 Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, and later recorded it on small commercial labels.

  • Harper trial to be set this week

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial date for George Albert Harper III, who is charged with the first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will be set in Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday.

    Harper is the second suspect to face a jury trial for the murder of Billings; a crime that took place in Grayson County nearly 13 years ago. According to police reports, Billings, a Galax High School senior and a member of the football team, was found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

  • Hillsville, VFW continue trash talk

    HILLSVILLE — The veterans’ organization that sponsors the annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market in Hillsville wants the town to pick up the fee for dumping trash after the event, which brings an estimated 100,000 people to the area over the holiday weekend.

    Hillsville Town Council’s agenda on July 13 was void of items, save for a few discussions requested by town citizens. Council members spoke with Andrew Bowman, the flea market manager for VFW Post #1115, who first brought the request to council in June.

  • A Patriot's Story

    By Lee Houston, Galax

    On July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of our nation declaring its independence, patriots Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died.

    They were the last signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass. I thought that it was no accident that God would call patriots home on the Fourth of July. At 7:30 p.m. on July 4, 2015, God called home Joe Bill Edwards, a farm boy from Grayson County. He, too, was a patriot.

  • City council honors student athletes

    Several Galax High School athletes were honored at Galax City Council’s July 13 meeting, including the state champion soccer team.

    The GHS Boys’ Soccer Team was recognized for winning its second consecutive State 1A Championship, finishing the year 20-1. Brian Estrada, Felix Medina and Edgar Guzman were congratulated for their First Team All-State recognition; Dominic DiGiacomo was honored for this, as well as winning state 1A Player of the Year.

  • Welch to represent Carroll in pageant

    Bethany Welch, 19, the 2014-2015 Miss Carroll County (another one will be crowned this September) says she is excited to go compete in the National American Miss Pageant.

    Welch is also a stylist and nail tech at Fifty Eight Salon in Woodlawn.

    “One of the things I’m going to do is go compete in the top model and runway contests,” she said. “You go in and literally have a photo shoot with professionals, and you’re judged on how well you do. You can be scouted, you can win money, you can win scholarships.”

  • Venzie's marimba playing takes listeners on musical journey

    Larissa Venzie started out playing the piano at age seven, but after hearing a marimba for the first time a few years later she knew that was her focus.

  • School board approves hirings, firings and transfers

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved the resignations of both varsity basketball coaches at its meeting Monday night, while the teacher of a popular building trades program was re-hired and a central office administrator retired after his job was eliminated.

    Head basketball coach Lucas Austin and assistant coach Landon Testerman resigned their positions effective July 14.