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Today's News

  • Origins of 'Hillbilly' music found in Galax area

    There’s no short answer to explain how “hillbillies” invented American music, local music historian Joe Wilson says.

    It’s “all the pieces of the truth that fit together” that allow him to tell the story of where hillbilly music — old-time and, later, bluegrass — came from in about an hour, but the story is much deeper.

  • Teens involved in Carroll crash

    State police and emergency officials responded to a single-vehicle accident involving four juveniles on July 2.

    Police received a call at 9 p.m. to Pleasantview Road in Carroll County, after four juveniles in a pickup truck ran off the side of the road, struck a tree and overturned.

    According to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, one of the juveniles was ejected from the vehicle. "One had some fairly serious injuries, but the others I don't think were injured as badly," he added.

  • Police searching for suspect who held man at gunpoint

    UPDATED 8/7/14: The Grayson County Sheriff's Office reports that Anderson is now in custody. We'll have more details when they are available.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday was searching for John David Anderson, 43, of Independence, who is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, abduction and brandishing a firearm.

  • Abducted child found, alert canceled

    FANCY GAP — Local authorities joined in a search for a missing child from the Critz area of Patrick County on Wednesday, after a tip led authorities to believe that the child and his abductor were at a residence in Fancy Gap.

    Tommy Lee Able Engle, age 3, had been missing since Monday evening, according to the Virginia Amber Alert website. The alert was issued Tuesday at 6:10 p.m., and then cancelled Wednesday afternoon after the child was safely located in Pikeville, Ky., according to a news release from Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith.

  • Hillsville man charged with meth possession

    A Hillsville man was arrested Aug. 3 in Galax on drug charges.

    According to the Galax Police Department, Harley David Phillips, 34, was arrested and charged with violating the Drug Control Act.

    Phillips was charged by Officer Chris Hines, who had responded to a residence on Petty Road in Galax. During Hines’ investigation, he discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, according to a police report.

    “Phillips admitted that he had distributed a portion of the substance before it was discovered by Hines,” the report said.

  • Grayson approves commercial recreation events

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County supervisors have unanimously approved a special use permit that will allow various recreational events in Fries after a trial event went off without any issues earlier this year.

    Crystal Leonard applied for a permanent special use permit for a parcel of land that is zoned Rural Farm Zone, after a successful ‘mud bog’ event held earlier this year was successful.

  • Charges issued in chain-reaction crashes

    Names and charges were released Monday morning as the result of multiple accidents that occurred within two-tenths of a mile of each other on Interstate 77 in Carroll County last Friday.

    According to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, the string of incidents began at 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 1, in the southbound lane between mile markers 2.6 and 2.8.

  • Tomorrow's talents take the stage

    The 79th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention opened Aug. 4 with youth competition, showcasing the best up-and-coming artists in bluegrass and old-time music.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/6/14

    Harassing orangutans
    We had to pay the Indian people for taking their property. I think the people in the rain forest taking the orangutans’ land where they won’t have any place to go, need to pay big-time, too, or made completely to stop harassing the orangutan animals.  

    Seats for Grayson

  • Ramey, Adams to marry

    Melissa Mullins of Galax announces the engagement of her daughter, Alisha Ramey, to Mark Adams Jr. of Galax.

    Ramey is a graduate of George Wythe High School and attends Bluefield College.
    Adams was graduated from Galax High School and is employed with Hill’s Trucking Co.
    A September wedding is planned.