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Today's News

  • Comic-con returns in new venue

    WOODLAWN – The Twin Counties’ own comic convention will take place this weekend, featuring a wide variety of artists, writers, publishers and toy and comic vendors. Khan-Con 2: The Wrath of Con will focus on all elements of sci-fi, superhero, comic book and pop culture.

  • At age 92, Frye recalls attending first fiddlers' convention

    Sitting in Felts Park at the First Baptist Church’s Good Samaritan tent (offering free nonalcoholic beverages for the weary, thirsty and just plain broke) at the 81st Annual Galax Old Fiddlers Convention is Imogene Frye, 92, a Galax native who can make a boast few can match: she attended and remembers the first-ever fiddlers’ convention.

  • Vaughan chosen to fill school board vacancy

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board announced Wednesday that Philip Vaughan will serve as an interim member of the school board; filling the At-Large seat that was left empty following the death of former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico in July.

    Vaughan will serve on the board for the rest of the year, and then a special election in November will determine who will fill the seat for the remainder of Carico’s unexpired term (three years).

  • Deskins wins Super Streets at Wythe

    RURAL RETREAT –– Michael Deskins and Keith Griffitts battled for the lead for most of the way in the 30-lap Super Street feature race Saturday at Wythe Raceway, with Deskins holding on for the win.

    Woodlawn’s Jason Johnson led the first lap before surrendering to Deskins, and Griffitts made the pass for the second spot on lap 5 and pulled up beside Deskins lap after lap, unable to make the pass.

  • Golfers off to soggy start

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax came home with a second place finish in the Woodford Classic golf tournament held at Wytheville Country Club last Wednesday.

    First place went to home-standing George Wythe, which posted a team score of 313 compared with 333 for the Maroon Tide.

  • A word or two (or 1,000) more on redistricting

     As you can tell by this column, which is about twice as long as it should be, there was a bit too much going on with the outcome of the recent VHSL appeals committee meeting to shoehorn it all into Monday’s story without having to go hardbound and put it on the shelves at Books-A-Million, so here are a few extra thoughts on the subject.

  • Galax gets back to work

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– Every year, every high school football team enters its first scrimmage with plenty of questions, and most walk off the field with a lot of them still lingering.

    One question unanswered after Galax’s scrimmage Wednesday at Mount Airy was, where does Isaiah Harrison want to go for his free dinner?

  • Overdose leads to drug investigation

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — On Aug. 4, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office investigators, members of the Twin County Drug Task Force and Independence Police arrested an Independence man following an investigation of a possible drug overdose.

  • Transgender rights debate continues

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson school leaders say that, despite hearing concerns, they will not change a policy prohibiting transgender students from using their preferred restrooms.

    Several county residents and people from surrounding communities on Monday evening addressed the Grayson County School Board about its recent adoption of a policy mandating use of a public restroom or locker room in accordance with the gender listed on a student’s birth certificate.

  • Readers Hotline 8/10/16

    Doing a good job
    What I am reading here in this column, it seems there are a lot of people complaining about this, that and the other. But, you know what, I know somebody who does a good job. There is this little restaurant right near the courthouse called the Dutch Oven. They are always friendly. The prices are good and their food is very good. Instead of complaining about things around here, I wanted to send out a comment and say “thank you, Dutch Oven” for doing a good job.

    North or south?