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Today's News

  • Sawyers project an excellent example of home-grown growth

    Local governments spend an enormous amount of time and resources trying to recruit new businesses and industries to come to the area, sowing seeds of future growth by flying in CEOs and cultivating relationships with potential employers.
    Whether these efforts bear fruit is unpredictable, so it is always encouraging when a local idea sprouts, without the labor-intensive process of recruitment.
    Such was the case with the new owners of the old Sawyers Furniture plant in West Galax, a building that had sat vacant for 15 years on Kenbrook Drive.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/11/12

    On deaf ears
    Talking about nobody speaking up at meetings and stuff about taxes — we have spoken and talked until we were blue in the face for years. It doesn’t do a bit of good. I guess people have about given up trying.

    Flat out broke

  • Autopsy shows man died of farm-related injuries

    HILLSVILLE — Police now characterize the death of a 54-year-old Woodlawn man as the result of a farm accident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    A search began for Claude Gardner (no relation to the sheriff) after family members reported him missing June 5. The search was called off after midnight due to bad weather to resume the next morning.
    But family members found Gardner’s body in a creek on his farm, about a quarter-mile from his home on Woodlawn Road at about 7 a.m. on June 6, before the searchers returned.

  • Republican primary is Tuesday

    A statewide Republican primary on Tuesday will select a nominee for U.S. Senate for the Nov. 6 election.
    Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Four candidates are on the ballot for the U.S. Senate seat: former Sen. George Allen of Mount Vernon; Del. R.G. “Bob” Marshall of Manassas; Tea Party candidate and pastor Earl W. Jackson of Chesapeake; and Jamie L. Radtke of Chesterfield County, a first-time political candidate and Tea Party leader.

  • Tracker training keeps skills sharp

     

  • Asphalt plant planned for Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A public hearing on a request to rezone property at U.S. 221 and Virginia 668 will come before the Hillsville Town Council and planning commission Monday.
    The rezoning request arises from a plan by Jeremy Hendrick to create a new asphalt plant on a portion of the property.
    This involves a potential new venture by Hendrick, who also is in business with Nehemiah Engineering.

  • Third burglary suspect arrested

    HILLSVILLE — Police say they’ve arrested a third person in connection with a string of burglaries at businesses and residences in Hillsville, according to Chief Steve Williams.
    On June 2, police charged Ashley Nicole Threatt, 19, of Hillsville with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a news release from the Hillsville Police Department.

  • Farm-related business sprouts in West Galax

     

  • Galax picked for state's 'LOVE' tourism artwork

    Love is set to pop up all over Virginia in many different and unexpected places as part of a new effort by the state tourism office to share the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.
    Galax is one of only 11 destinations across the state chosen by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) to create a giant LOVE artwork to bring more family travelers to Virginia.

  • Galax tunes up for Leaf & String