Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 4/9/14

    Employer’s fault
    This is for “did no wrong,” who lost his job because of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Said he lost his job because his employer got rid of him because of the insurance. That wasn’t insurance’s fault. That was the employer’s fault because he didn’t want to pay the employee or the insurance. Just like older people blame the new HMOs on Obamacare that came out a long time before Obamacare came out. They think it’s Obamacare insurance. People are very uneducated in this area.

  • Greene runs for sixth council term

    After 20 years of service to the community as a member of the Galax City Council, Vice Mayor Willie Greene has decided to run for a sixth term.
    He is one of five candidates — four incumbents and one newcomer — competing for four available seats this year. Election day is May 6.

  • Governor vetoes school prayer bill

    RICHMOND — Legislation codifying public school students’ rights to engage in religious activities at school, and let them express their views at school events and ceremonies, has been vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    The legislation was introduced by Rep. Sen. Bill Carrico. (R-Grayson County.)

  • Plea deal delays trial for man shot by deputies

    INDEPENDENCE — A man charged with assaulting police officers in Grayson County could be working out a plea deal with the court.
    Randy Lee Anders, 34, was shot four times by Grayson deputies after he allegedly resisted arrest on a fugitive warrant and pulled a gun on them. Anders had previously made threats to harm law enforcement if he was arrested, police said.

  • River North prison now at full capacity


  • Allen home now in historical society's hands

    HILLSVILLE — The audience for the “Thunder in the Hills” dramatic adaptation of the 1912 courthouse shootout last Saturday got to witness a new milestone in relation to a prominent participant in the incident that left five dead and seven wounded and sent two Allens to the electric chair.

  • HoustonFest is one of Stanley's last stops

    This year’s HoustonFest music festival in Galax’s Felts Park will feature two distinctive sounds from the beloved “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” film soundtrack.
    In 2001, both Ralph Stanley and The Whites were hand-selected from among bluegrass music’s finest to participate in the soundtrack and appear in the film. Both artists took home Grammy awards when the soundtrack won Album of the Year.

  • Database chronicles history of local veterans

    The organizing committee for the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial and American Legion Post #245, in partnership with ProNets Business Computer Solutions, have launched a free database chronicling the history of the area’s veterans.

  • Cavaliers vs. Tide inconclusive

    Galax and Carroll County maintained a furious pace for nearly the entire 80 minutes of regulation, working to set up the one goal that would make the difference. In the end the difference – or lack thereof – was a pair of goals that all but set up themselves.

    Each team scored a ‘well why not’ goal but neither could otherwise penetrate the other’s defense as the two settled for a 1-1 draw in a nonconference boys’ game Thursday at Galax High School.

  • Carroll girls pick up first win

    It’s called the beautiful game. In that respect, Carroll County girls’ soccer coach Wayne Edmonds was 100 percent half-right.

    After a nondescript first half, Carroll County put together what Edmonds described to his players afterward as “a beautiful half of soccer” as the Cavaliers defeated Galax 3-0 in a nonconference game at Galax High School.