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Today's News

  • McDonnell, wife found guilty of corruption charges

    RICHMOND — In a historic verdict Thursday, a federal jury convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on felony corruption charges. It’s the first time a Virginia governor has been found guilty of crimes in office.

    Bob McDonnell was convicted on 11 of 13 counts and Maureen McDonnell on nine of 13 counts, mostly centering on their relationship with businessman Jonnie Williams, with whom they conspired to promote his diet supplement business in exchange for more than $177,000 in loans, gifts and luxury vacations.

  • 9/11 memorial service to be held in Galax

    “There were people in their homes who were terrified that this was the end of the world. I mean, this was it for us, you know? It was a scary time.”

    Stephanie Rinehart recalls her life on Sept. 11, 2001, when she was a Washington, D.C., resident.

    “Greg was actually at work near the Pentagon. It’s always been a kind of very emotional thing for us,” she said, referring to her husband. “I remember I was at home the morning it happened, and living that close to D.C., we thought we were under attack.”

  • Galax should consider new school plan carefully

    By John P. Kapp, Galax

    In most controversies there are points in favor of both sides.

    In the controversy over whether to move the elementary school to a rural residential area away from its present location and build an entirely new facility, every point is against and no valid point is in favor of doing it.

    Galax has good schools now. The schools have worked well together for many years. They can share facilities and use city‑owned recreational facilities and exercise facilities near the combined school complex.

  • With declining enrollment, now is not the time to expand city schools

    By Dr. Joseph D. Ray, Galax

    The Galax City School System is full of excellent teachers who care about kids. They work hard, countless hours to educate and guide them to become productive citizens.

    They are caring, loving, and nurturing to students and have their best interest at heart as they teach them not only academic lessons, but lessons about life.

  • Hiss-teria? Snakes reported in store

    FANCY GAP — The Dollar General store in Fancy Gap has re-opened after reports of snakes being found inside the business on Labor Day weekend resulted in the store closing for a day and a half.

    Reports on social media claimed that employees had found everything from a few rat snakes to a den of copperheads. However, representatives from the chain would not comment as to what kind or how many snakes were actually found.

  • Firefighters respond to Weddle St. blaze

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville and Galax firefighters teamed up against a structure fire on Weddle Street in Hillsville on Wednesday afternoon.

    Fire and rescue teams were dispatched to 294 Weddle Street around 1 p.m. for a possible structure fire. On arrival, teams found heavy smoke and flames showing.

    Carroll County EMS was the first group to arrive on scene, according to Hillsville Fire Department Chief Donnie Spangler. A primary search of the residence found no signs of anyone inside the home.

  • Water park idea doesn't float in Fries

    FRIES — Despite a positive initial reaction from town officials, it appears a proposed water park and foster home will not fit with Fries’ master plan and the town’s former mill site next to the New River.

    The woman spearheading the project expressed surprise at Fries Town Council’s change of opinion, after she spent several months planning it out.

    Moving into a new term, members of the Fries Town Council and the town’s new mayor, Richard Farmer, had a lot to tackle at their Sept. 2 meeting.

  • Hillsville man wins $5M in Virginia Lottery

    HILLSVILLE — Imagine being able to choose between receiving a total of $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or a lump sum of $2.7 million before taxes.

    Kenny Sharpe of Hillsville didn’t have to imagine it. That’s the choice he won when he scratched a winning ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s $5,000,000 Cash Blowout game. He selected the cash option.

    Sharpe became the game’s first top-prize winner with a ticket he bought at E-Z Stop, at 105 West Stuart Drive in Hillsville.

  • Grayson participates in food drive

    INDEPENDENCE — AARP Virginia and organizations across Virginia are calling upon communities to help supply food banks during a statewide community food drive September 8-15.

    Grayson County TRIAD and the Grayson County Extension Office will collect food at Food City in Independence on Sept. 12 from 8-11 a.m. for local food pantries to help combat hunger.

  • APCo sets Grayson power outage date

    Appalachian Power has scheduled a power outage for several areas in Grayson County on Sept. 14.

    Customers in the Grayson County region can expect an outage lasting as long as 12 hours, while line crews perform repairs and upgrade critical equipment.

    During the outage, some Appalachian customers will lose service for approximately six hours, starting at 6 a.m. that day. Others could lose power for up to 12 hours.