Today's News

  • Save Her A Seat

    Fans attending the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention over the years might remember Ann Boyer, an energetic woman with short white hair and boundless energy and enthusiasm, good humor and friendly personality.

  • Thousands arrive for Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention

    Staff Reports

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this week. Felts Park opened its gates Sunday morning for the 82nd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens tonight, Monday, and lasts through Aug. 12, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers showed up Sunday to set up.

  • Readers Hotline 8/7/17

    Sidewalks a necessity
    The City of Galax needs to build a sidewalk on both sides of U.S. 58 going toward the cinema, toward Walmart and toward Crossroads Institute. Lots of people walk along the sides of the road. Many people do not have transportation. Others would like to ride their bicycles. I also see women pushing baby carriages. Galax definitely needs sidewalks on both sides of 58 so that citizens and tourists can walk and bike through that area to the shopping center and to Crossroads. This would serve many people and is a necessity.

  • Woman charged in son's death

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A Fries woman now faces charges after an investigation into the death of her son earlier this year.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded to a call on April 30 at 286 Adder Lane in Fries, in reference to a child being struck by a vehicle.

    “Upon their arrival, the officers discovered that Tanisha Ann Lineberry, 24, ran over her three-year-old son, Jaylen Lineberry, while moving her car in the driveway,” according to a news release from Vaughan.

  • Fries building town into fun, welcoming destination

    The recent success of the first-ever LandCare Rocks the River outdoor event in Fries is just one notable example of how the little riverside community has stepped up its level of appeal to tourists and locals alike.

    Organizers expected around 150 people for the LandCare celebration, which was put on to celebrate our many local, natural resources used for livelihood, as well as recreation (the river, the trail, etc.) The final total not only met this goal, but went over by 500 more.

  • Wired Road, Microsoft look at ways to provide rural broadband

    A recent announcement from Microsoft about a new effort to bring broadband internet to rural Americans closely mirrors local initiatives to provide more internet coverage in the Twin Counties.

  • Motorcyclist dies in Carroll crash

    Staff Report

    A man from Ararat died Aug. 1 after police say he tried to elude police on his motorcycle.

    The fatal crash in Carroll County at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday was first handled on scene by Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney, according to a report issued by the Virginia State Police.

    A 2013 Suzuki Motorcycle, driven by Winfred S. Dawson, 31, of Ararat, was traveling south on Wards Gap Road (Route 679). The police report said Dawson refused to stop for a Carroll County deputy and continued on Wards Gap.

  • Carroll deputies respond to 'shots fired' call

    UPDATED 8/4/17

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man was arrested for drug violations and another man faces charges after an incident initially reported as a shooting.

    On Aug. 3 at 9:35 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call of “shots fired with possible multiple victims” near Stone’s Grocery on U.S. 52 North, according to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Galax receives $1.1M for streets, sidewalks

    The City of Galax is getting about $1.1 million in Virginia Department of Transportation grants, which will pay for street and sidewalk improvements.

    City Manager Keith Barker told city council members about the grant awards at their July 10 meeting.

    The first grant, at $294,028, is for sidewalk replacement on MacArthur Street, from Anderson to Swanson streets; the second, at $392,052, is for traffic signal replacement at MacArthur and Swanson streets; and the third, fourth and fifth, totaling $437,210, are for paving on East Stuart Drive.

  • Readers Hotline 8/2/17

    Cold case
    I’m a graduate of Galax High School. On the issue of the new field house, instead of naming it after Deputy Bartlett, it seems to me like everybody has forgotten about Brandon Billings [who was slain in 2002].

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