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Today's News

  • Auto parts, cash taken in larceny

    The Galax Advance Auto was the subject of a crime last week, as employees discovered on April 14 when they came to open the business that, between closing and opening, someone had forcibly entered the business through a rear door, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that investigation revealed that the burglar alarm had been disabled. Once inside the store, the suspects stole about $4,000 worth of auto parts and cash.

  • Wired Road to expand broadband access

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Galax on Monday to announce that The Wired Road would receive a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant that will pay for connecting two existing broadband networks in the Twin Counties and providing internet access to more local residents.

    The governor said the project will remedy unreliable telecommunications in the area and expand broadband internet service to Wildwood Commerce Park, the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market and fairgrounds, the Carroll County Industrial Park, 30 existing businesses and approximately 140 households.

  • Readers' Hotlline 4/18/16

    Tiny print
    The people that publish the telephone book, are they the size of germs? They say it is larger print. It’s small print and you can’t even use a microscope or a magnifying glass to make it large enough so you can read it. I have 20/20 vision and I can’t read it.

    Rock rocks

  • Students learn rules of the road

    INDEPENDENCE — Sixteen years and three months: this is the minimum age requirement set by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver’s license, which makes 16 an age of important milestones for both teenagers and their parents.

    This is a time when students begin taking on important responsibilities for the safety of themselves and others, while parents simultaneously begin to step back and trust their kids to handle these responsibilities.

  • Police chase suspect to be evaluated

    HILLSVILLE – The Michigan man involved in an April 10 police chase in Hillsville now faces an additional charge and will be sent for an evaluation on his mental competency.

    Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich., was charged after a chase through Hillsville that resulted in the total loss of a Hillsville Police Department vehicle. After law enforcement met with Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, an additional felony charge of attempted malicious assault on a law enforcement officer was placed against Broderick on April 15.

  • Bauguess pleads guilty, receives reduced charge

    HILLSVILLE – A North Carolina man charged in a March 1 breaking and entering incident in Cana appeared in court on Friday and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge.

    Brandon Lee Bauguess, 37, of Ararat, N.C., was charged with breaking and entering and damaging property on March 1 after he allegedly threatened residents of a home in Cana with a hammer, according to police reports.

  • Grayson working to close budget gap

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials have spent long hours poring over their upcoming budget, finding creative ways to cover expenditures without sacrificing the main objectives and goals for the county.

    The budget will prove to be a challenge this year; after using a variety of strategies and resources, the county still has a deficit. Expected revenues for this budget total $19.6 million; while requested expenditures totaled $20.5 million.

  • Galax sets end of school, graduation date

    The Galax School Board voted unanimously to set the last day of school at June 10 and graduation day at June 11.

    Additionally, the first day of the fall semester will be Aug. 15.

    There was a little discussion at the April 12 meeting about proper placement of the last day of school; according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill, “That would give us two days short of what we originally planned for. Thanks to [Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell], she spent some time calculating the hours.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: April 10-16

     2011

    *Marleigh Durham scored two goals as Galax extended its season-opening win streak to four matches with a 4-1 defeat of Rural Retreat.

    *Galax outshot Carroll County 22-8 and had 12 corners to the Cavaliers two but the two teams finished in a 2-2 draw in boys’ soccer. Junior Espinosa and Luis Turcios scored for Galax, goals that were countered by Carroll on scores by Matt Hawks and Cody Jones.

     

    2006

  • Grayson, Galax girls’ tennis teams maintain collision course

    Galax picked up a pair of easy wins in girls’ tennis over Wythe County teams early this week, blanking Fort Chiswell 9-0 on Monday and following with an 8-1 win over George Wythe on Tuesday.

    The wins set up a battle of unbeatens yesterday (Thursday) against 4-0 Grayson County.