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Today's News

  • Two charged for drug paraphernalia

    Two people were arrested in Galax last week after a police canine alerted on their vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Jeremiah Foutch stopped a vehicle operated by Ronald E. Byrd, 33, of Fries, for improper registration, according to a Galax Police Department report. The officer’s observations caused them to request Sgt. Jacob Vaughan and a police canine trained in narcotics detection.

  • Patsy Stoneman, mountain music pioneer, passes away

    Patsy Stoneman Murphy was born in Galax and ended up near Nashville, a life journey that almost mimics the evolution of the country music her father, Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman helped to bring about.

    Normally, uttering the words “Patsy” and “country music” turns the average American’s mind to Patsy Cline, the pioneering female country singer out of Winchester, whose life was cut tragically short in a plane crash at age 30.

  • Common sense is the best safety measure

    Interstate 77 has proven to be an asset to Carroll County and surrounding communities by bringing tourists and potential residents by the thousands.

    With the high level of traffic comes a more immediate responsibility to impose and enforce traffic safety measures.

  • Grayson Relay for Life raises $19,000

    FRIES — Although this year’s headcount for the Grayson County Relay for Life was small, the participants’ efforts were reflected in both their attitudes and the impressive amount of donations that were raised (almost $19,000) for the continuing fight against cancer.

    According to Dreama Underwood, the event chair for the relay, four teams raised a total of $18,893.76, as of last Friday. Money was still coming in this week.

  • Grayson's cut teachers can't reapply

    INDEPENDENCE – A recent policy change by the Grayson County School Board has drawn strong reaction from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA).

    Rebecca Absher, president of the GCEA, told school board members at a recent meeting that the board’s decision not to re-hire teachers who were on the reduction in force list was causing a lot of undue stress.

    “The policy is unfair to loyal employees who have given many years of their life to the school system and worked for five years without a raise,” Absher said.

  • Woman meets canine rescuer

    FRIES — A Fries woman is safe and sound thanks to search efforts from local authorities and a bloodhound’s skilled nose, after she went missing from her home earlier this month.

    On July 13 at approximately 8:40 a.m., members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police responded to Honey Dew Lane in Fries, to a report of a missing senior citizen.

  • Comic-con champions worthy causes

    HILLSVILLE — Cosplay, Magic card tournaments, action figures, stormtroopers… all of these features may seem reminiscent of the almighty San Diego Comic-Con, a four-day event in California that fans of video games, comic books, fantasy characters and the like flock to by the thousands each year.

    This event, and others like it across the country provide a safe haven for die-hard fans.

  • Truck crashes into barn on Cranberry

    A single-vehicle wreck in the 2000 block of Cranberry Road left no injuries but apparently extensive property damage on July 21 at 1:15 p.m. according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.

    A truck hauling an open trailer, driven by Randolph Shawn Turman, 42, of Dugspur, headed away from E. Stuart Drive, came around a curve too fast, the trailer jackknifed and pushed the truck off the road into a small barn, said Cochran.

  • Smoke on the Mountain 2015 Winners

    Galax hosted the 11th Annual Smoke on the Mountain state barbecue championship on July 17-18, with nearly 40 teams from all over the country competing, along with local cooks both amateur and professional.

    In addition to the state championship, the cookoff is a qualifying event for two major barbecue circuits, and the grand champion also earns entry into the World Food Competition.

    Winners and award sponsors included:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY CONTEST

    Chicken:

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life set for July 25

    HILLSVILLE — Walkers will go around the track in the battle against cancer when the 2015 American Cancer Society Relay For Life for Galax and Carroll County gets underway on Saturday.

    Teams made up of local volunteers will gather at Carroll County High School on July 25 from 4-11 p.m.