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Today's News

  • Gun show compromise rejected

    RICHMOND — A Senator’s attempt to reach a compromise on gun show background checks was shot down by a Senate committee, taking fire from members in both parties.
    By a vote of 11-3, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed Sen. John Edwards’ last-ditch effort to settle a long-running debate over the so-called “gun show loophole,” which allows private sellers at gun shows to sell firearms without a criminal records check on the buyer.

  • Welfare drug testing bill defeated, and other General Assembly action

    RICHMOND — On a party line vote, the Virginia Senate has killed legislation that would require local social services agencies to screen welfare recipients for possible drug use and subject some to drug tests.
    Senate Bill 721 is sponsored by Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County).
    The bill died on a 20-19 vote, with all of the Senate’s Democrats opposing it. One Republican senator was not present for the vote in the evenly split Senate.

  • Plea for help is a scam in disguise

    If you receive an e-mail from a friend who says they were mugged on a vacation trip, you are actually the one being shaken down for money.
    The Galax Police Department reports that scam e-mails are circulating that claim they are from friends who have lost everything on a trip to the Philippines.
    The scammers are using real names of your friends and real e-mail addresses, police caution. But, the situation is false.

  • Local driver welcomes son to racing circuit

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    For Randy Harmon of Galax, life has almost always been on a fast track. From motocross to race car driving, he has worked to leave quite a memorable impression on the circuits long after the dust clouds settle.
    To continue what seems to be a growing family tradition, Harmon is now shifting more of his focus on to the next generation. His son, Derek, is now following in his father’s tire tracks, and it has already been said by some that he could someday qualify against the titans of racing — NASCAR.

  • Galax man wins $200,000 in Virginia Lottery

     

    William Jones was on his way back to work and just wanted to pick up a soft drink when he bought a Win It All Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery.

    Instead, he walked out of the store with a $200,000 top prize-winning ticket.

  • Pedestrian hit in Cana

    CANA — A pedestrian who was on scene at a vehicle accident on U.S. 52 Wednesday suffered injuries after she stepped into traffic, according to Virginia State Police.
    Angela Jones, 47, of Cana and her husband received a call from her son, saying that he had been in an accident Wednesday morning, according to investigating Trooper S.M. Phillips.
    The couple found an accident at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Flower Gap Road.
    (It turned out that this incident was not her son’s accident.)

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  • Galax firefighters get grant for gear, air packs

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Imagine the anticipation and nervousness that Galax Fire Chief David Hankley felt when he first saw the e-mail from FEMA in his inbox.
    After a month of hard work put into writing a grant that would help assist the department in getting replacements for outdated equipment, it call came down to one click of the mouse.

  • Mom promotes awareness of congenital heart defects

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    FRIES — After hours upon hours of waiting and worrying, Emily and Johnathan Moretz received the news that they had been praying for.
    Their youngest daughter, Peyton, was out of surgery and doing fine.
    Not only was she fine, but the next day she was rolling over in bed  — something she had never done before.
    Three or four days later, she was sitting up and smiling.

  • $14.3 million in budgets for Grayson prison

    Key committees in the General Assembly have advanced proposed revisions to Virginia’s two-year budget that include opening a mothballed state prison in Grayson County.
    The original request called for opening the prison by 2014, but a House of Delegates committee wants it to be operational later this year.
    Republican-controlled budget committees from the Senate and House of Delegates produced plans on Feb. 3 that build upon Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendments to the state’s two-year, $86.5 billion budget.