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Today's News

  • Galax woman sentenced for fraud

    ABINGDON — Tamara Parnell, 36, of Galax, recently was sentenced to four months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $34,899 in restitution after pleading guilty to Social Security fraud.

    The sentencing was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon. After waiving her right to be indicted, Parnell had pleaded guilty in May 2014 to two counts of knowingly and willfully converting to her own use Social Security payments to another person for whom she was the representative payee.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A near crash involving an Alleghany County, N.C., deputy sheriff has led to drug charges against a Galax woman and a Hillsville man.

    Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines said that, in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, Deputy C.R. Williams was on routine patrol on U.S. 21 south when a car crossed over the center line into his lane. Williams swerved to miss the oncoming car.

  • New officer would reach out to at-risk youth

    “Youth at risk” is a phrase that’s familiar to parents, teachers and anyone who works with students and young people in general.

    It can mean they’re at risk for anything from drugs and alcohol to not getting critical life skills to unemployment after graduation to general delinquency.

  • More cuts likely for Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE – Teachers in Grayson County won’t take home any additional pay next year and may be missing a few of their co-workers when the new school year begins, after what looks to be another tight budget for administrators.

    Grayson Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a first draft of his budget priorities for the 2015-16 school year during the school board’s regular meeting this month, and things don’t appear to be getting any better for a division struggling to make up a large deficit in this year’s budget.

  • Scammer posing as AEP threatens late fees, disconnects

    Local authorities are warning citizens about a potential phone scam in the area, following several reports of a scammer claiming to work for Appalachian Power Company (APCo) or American Electric Power (AEP) and demanding immediate payments from customers over the phone.

  • Single-car wreck on Glendale

    A single-car wreck on Glendale Road on Tuesday afternoon left the vehicle resting against a tree around 2:13 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 across from Monta Vista Cemetery.

    According to Galax Police Captain James Cox, A 2004 Ford Focus, operated by Brook Williams, 23, of Galax, was traveling west on Glendale Road. The vehicle left the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned, said Cox.

    Williams, along with a passenger, Gary Williams, 22 , were both transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Cox said.

  • Two-car accident on Glendale damages cars, no people

    A two-automobile wreck on Glendale Road on Galax left no apparent injuries but some damage to both vehicles at about 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20.

    According to Galax Police Captain James Cox, a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country van, driven by Barbara Knowles, 72, of Meadows of Dan, was entering Glendale Road from Valley Street, when she pulled into the path of a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500, operated by Charles Delp, 54, of Galax.

  • Fire damages Galax garage

    A garage owned by Thelma Russell on Longview Lane in the Baywood area, caught fire around noon on Jan. 15.

    Family members were home, but not in the garage, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    The small, detached masonry outbuilding had a woodstove inside and was in use as a two-car garage. The roof collapsed at the Galax Fire Department’s arrival, said Hankley.

    He said the woodstove is suspected as the cause.

  • Brock Funk was one of us. And one of a kind

    Should there be a Mount Rushmore of Twin County sports greats, Brock Funk would be on it.

    Through his parents, Tiny and Roxanna Funk, Brock was the confluence of two sports families in the great baseball town of Fries. He was the first grandson of the Funks and the Moores, a blending of genes that would produce the exceptional.

  • Readers Hotline 1/19/15

    Excessive homework
    My daughter, who is an honor roll student at one of the schools, has a problem. The math teacher gives so much homework every single night — five or six pages each night. It’s a struggle. She can never get in bed until really late, besides having to do homework from other classes. She sometimes falls asleep before getting it all done. She already has hours of math each school day. Why would the teacher give the class this much homework? I am really annoyed.

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