Today's News

  • Galax's mandolin reign comes to an end

    At this year’s Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, 491 mandolin players who stood in line, registered, waited in the sweltering heat and then played four songs together, left proud in the knowledge that they had helped set a new Guinness record for “World’s Largest Mandolin Ensemble.”

    Though paperwork had to be verified, nothing seemed any different from the last time the record was broken in 2012, also at the convention.

    Unfortunately, however, this year the Guinness World Records officials chose to disagree.

  • Supervisor wants to increase board pay

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has discussed the possibility of a pay increase for continuing and incoming supervisors, beginning next year.

  • Cana fire results in fatality

    CANA – A fire in Cana claimed the life of a man on Nov. 13.

  • VHSL playoff stuff – The Cliff notes version

     I’ll be honest with you here…I was kinda hoping for a road game Friday.

  • Hurley next up for Galax

    The second round of the Region 1A West playoffs are upon us, and for the most part, the usual suspects make up the eight remaining teams on this side of the state.

    Haysi and Clintwood are absent, of course, having consolidated into 2A Ridgeview, but many of the teams still alive entering tonight – George Wythe, Radford, J.I. Burton, Galax, Honaker and Rural Retreat, are no strangers to postseason football.

    The two exceptions are Bland County and, as far as second-round action is concerned, Galax’s opponent tonight, Hurley.

  • Readers Hotline 11/18/15

    Passing judgment

  • Ministry brings hope to prisoners

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correction Center recently hosted a five-day prison ministry event to share a religious message with inmates who seek guidance from a higher power.

    Kairos, a prison ministry, sends volunteers to the facility twice a year for this event. Their recent visit took place from Oct. 21-25.

    (“Kairos” is a Greek word that means an opportunity or decisive moment.)

  • Break-in, grand larceny among Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    A break-in, an assault and a grand larceny were among the incidents investigated by the Galax Police Department last week, according to a police report.

    Kevin David Liddle, 33, of Galax, was arrested for breaking into the home of his former girlfriend, who had called 911.

  • Woman wins $1M jackpot at Food City

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — When Tamara Furr and her husband left for a weekend of seclusion in the Virginia mountains, the last thing they expected was to take home a $1 million souvenir.

    But, the odds were apparently in their favor when Furr purchased a ticket for the Virginia Lottery Scratcher game Green at Food City in Independence.

    According to a news release from the grocery chain, Furr discovered her win in the passenger seat while her husband was driving away from the store.

  • Galax meets tough academic standards

    The statistics are in and they all point in one direction: Galax City Public Schools are meeting both state and federal accreditation standards, partly due to the remediation classes that take place during each semester’s intersession week.

    “We have some really significant accomplishments here,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill, who particularly attributed Galax’s success to the teachers.