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Today's News

  • Virginia 620 widening project begins

     

  • SWVA Training Center honors volunteers

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 10 at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center sang the praises, quite literally, of community services provided to the residents there.
    Andrew Shannon, director of volunteer services and gospel singer himself, conducted the mostly musical recognition of more than 400 volunteers much like a revival.

  • Diverse bands come together to celebrate life

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Edward “Conway” Tobler still has the bullet from his suicide attempt, a reminder of the self-inflicted tragedy that he survived and learned from.
    Six years later, Tobler is dedicated to the prevention of suicide and child abuse.
    On April 4, through the non-profit organization Live for Life, Tobler and several local bands hosted the first-ever “Live for Life: Don’t Hasten Death” music festival at the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville.

  • Troutdale considers canceling election

    TROUTDALE – A May 6 election for seats on Troutdale Town Council will still be held this year, after some discussion about whether to cancel the election last week.
    According to Grayson County Registrar Cody Wingate, the current council had considered canceling the election, after realizing that the town’s charter was amended by the General Assembly in March 2012 to state that “members of council shall serve for terms of four years,” instead of two.

  • Stormwater fee no longer part of city's budget plan

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker is confident that the 2014-2015 city budget will allow the city to move forward with a number of projects next fiscal year, without placing the burden of added fees or raised taxes on the community.
    A notable example in this year’s budget was the city stormwater program.
    The state-mandated program was introduced last year, and city officials believed the only way to pay for work to address these flooding and run-off problems was to charge citizens a stormwater fee.

  • School calendar changes, but not 'year-round'

    Students in Galax won’t be going to class year-round, but educators have spent nearly all this school year developing a new schedule.
    After months of discussions, research and drafted proposals, the Galax City School Board has approved a final calendar proposal for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Governor amends bills to add catch

    RICHMOND — In the shadow of the ongoing budget showdown, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been busy signing deadline bills — with a twist.
    The Democratic governor has quietly amended at least 11 bills — mostly Republican — so they wouldn’t take effect until Virginia has a budget, an assertion of authority by McAuliffe.

  • Man treated for gunshot wound

    HILLSVILLE — A 39-year-old Cana man was injured Sunday when his gun accidentally went off, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sgt. Bobby Lyons responded to a home in Cana on a call reporting a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the evening hours, according to a news release.
    “[Lyons] arrived and spoke with victim, sitting on the front porch, who said he was attempting to clean his handgun. It went off, striking him in the left leg.”

  • Maroon Tide squeaks past Pulaski Co.

    Ally Bartlett’s single in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in Brooklyn Key with the eventual winning run as Galax claimed a 6-5 nonconference softball win Wednesday over Pulaski County at Mountain View Park.

    Galax (3-6) trailed by three runs until Kylee Hill slammed a three-run home run in the second.

    Lauren Garvey held the Cougars to six hits and struck out six in a complete game effort.

  • Devils rally late, nip Buffaloes

    INDEPENDENCE –– Perhaps Grayson County has been going about this whole thing the wrong way.

    Unable to hold a lead midway to late in either of its first two games – both of them losses to Auburn – the Blue Devils instead rallied from a seven-run deficit over the final two innings Wednesday and edged Floyd County 8-7 in a nonconference game at the Grayson Recreation Park.