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Today's News

  • Halloween Events Planned: UPDATED

    UPDATED: Due to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy passing through on Wednesday and expected temperatures in the 30s, several Halloween activities — including those in Independence and Galax — have changed venues:

    Oct. 30: Grayson Children's Center

  • Storm has at least one Carroll victim already

    HILLSVILLE — Even in the quiet before the storm Hurricane Sandy struck, the winds blew over a tractor-trailer on Interstate 77 Monday morning, according to local authorities.

    Not a lot of information was immediately available, but Virginia State Police First. Sgt. Mike Musser described it as being like a usual wind-related accident at the 3 mile marker in the Lambsburg area.

    The place has a history of empty tractor-trailers falling victim to the wind in that spot.

  • Lundy tosses three TD passes in 36-18 win

     NARROWS –– Grayson County jumped out to a 29-6 halftime lead and rolled over Narrows 36-18 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at Ragsdale Field.

    Filling in for injured starter Max Rodgers, quarterback Tyler Lundy threw three touchdown passes in the first half as the Blue Devils (7-2 overall, 3-1 overall) never trailed.

  • Tide starts big, blasts Bland Co.

    Galax used 35 first quarter points Friday night en route to a 56-14 thrashing of district foe Bland County to pull even in Mountain Empire District play.

    The Tide (6-3 overall, 2-2 district) held the ball for a miniscule 1:08 during the first 12 minutes of the game and touched the ball only seven times before the clock began to run continuously.

    Bland County (0-9, 0-4) scored a season-high 14 points, but found little success with its triple option offense.

  • Marion surges past Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Marion used consecutive one-play scoring drives in the third quarter to break open a tight ballgame, and the Scarlet Hurricane dominated the second half to take a 35-6 Southwest District win over Carroll County Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Hillsville forgives part of church utility bill

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville church that had a hidden water leak over two billing periods received a $2,100 discount off its bill from the town.
    Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church did not realize that someone hooked a water pipe directly into a drain for the sewage system.
    This resulted in an outside spigot being turned on and running for a long time, creating a water and sewer bill that could have been as much as $14,323.74.

  • Road deaths and injuries down over past five years

    In 2007, the number of people who died on Virginia roads surpassed 1,000 for the first time in nearly two decades.
    That grim toll marked a turning point. Traffic fatalities statewide have exceeded 800 only one year since.
    Safety advocates point to a multitude of changes and trends in explaining the drop. Among them: stricter licensing for young drivers, anti-DUI laws, educational and law enforcement campaigns, increased seat belt use, safer roads and better vehicles.

  • Locals go Hollywood, on screen and behind the scenes

    A Ford Double Model A truck has carried a local antique car collector into the world of independent cinema, and he’s enjoyed the ride.
    Tom Littrell’s love of antique vehicles has seen him take off on the cross-country Great Race, made him a partner in Old Cranks Museum in Galax and now garnered him a bit part in the production of “Wish You Well.”
    The movie is a screen adaptation of the 2001 book of the same name by David Baldacci.

  • Readers' Hotline 10/29/12

    Catch the speeders
    Instead of the State Police having so many road checks up here at Pipers Gap, they need to set out radar. They could write 100 tickets a day, easy. I wish the mailboxes were on the same side of the road as houses at Pipers Gap. People in Pipers Gap think this is the Indianapolis Speedway and it is dangerous to even go to your mailbox.

    Public meddling

  • Technology keeps Galax students engaged

    Galax teachers are using the same technology that kids use for recreation to keep them interested in learning.