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Today's News

  • Woodlawn man wanted by federal officials

    ROANOKE — Federal officials have an interest in the activities of a Woodlawn man whom Hillsville police recently charged with several misdemeanors and one felony after a July 22 traffic stop on U.S. 58.
    Ronald Lee Davis, 49, of Woodlawn was due in Carroll County General District Court on a bond hearing related to charges arising from the incident in which he fled from town Investigator Alan Gravley. He was pulled over in a 1999 Misubishi Mirage for improper registration.

  • DMV warns customers about water damaged vehicles

    With rampant storms and flooding this summer, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reminds vehicle buyers to inspect for water damage before buying used or new vehicles.

    The dangers of water-damaged cars are often hidden, the DMV said.

    Aside from mold and rust, electrical systems could erode and fail over time. Computer sensors could be damaged, and safety protections like air bags could fail in a crash.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/5/13

    Speed trap
    After you drive through Galax a few times you are going to have to go have your brakes lined. The focus should be on breaking and enterings and drug problems we have in Galax instead of setting a speed trap for everybody. Try making 25 mph going down a hill and see if your speed doesn't pick up and then you have a police officer waiting there to pull you over to write you up. Oh, but I forgot, Galax is supposed to be such a safety place. Well, good luck.

    Put to a vote

  • Property seizure presents problems

    By Sandra Felts, Austinville

  • Fiddlers' contestant registration holds steady

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down only 17 contestants overall from 2012, the smallest drop in registration numbers in several years.
    The registration figures were released by the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 78-year-old event, the world’s largest gathering of bluegrass and old-time fans and musicians.

  • Pennsylvania man charged with assault, kidnapping

    HILLSVILLE — A 40-year-old man from Vandergrift, Pa., faces charges of kidnapping and assault from an Aug. 1 domestic dispute at Best Western, according to Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen.
    First Sgt. Robby Martin and officers Billy Anauo and Josh
    Edwards responded to a report of a domestic dispute at about 2 a.m., the chief said. Authorities also received a call from a female who reported she was being held against her will in her motel room.
    Upon the officers' arrival at the Best Western, they found a boyfriend and girlfriend in the room.

  • A bolder kind of exercise

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Park officials, volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts gathered at Grayson Highlands State Park on Saturday to introduce the Split Rock Trail, a new 1.3-mile loop trail that offers both hiking and climbing opportunities to the public.

  • Mayor leads Hillsville clean-up effort

    HILLSVILLE — One month after Hillsville Town Council updated an ordinance on clearing trash and brush off properties, the mayor indicated he plans to lead by example and clean up his own land.
    Council worked with Town Manager Travis Jackson in June to approve its ordinance on “removal of brush and trash by town,” and Mayor Greg Crowder said at the July 22 council meeting that having a good appearance could bring in benefits for Hillsville.

  • Fourth treasurer candidate enters race

    INDEPENDENCE — George R. “Dicky” Whitaker has officially announced his candidacy for the position of Grayson County treasurer.
    Whitaker said he will run as an independent. “I feel that the Lord has opened a door up for me to pursue,” he said in a press release.

  • Thousands of fiddlin' fans will pack park Sunday morning

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 78th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 10.
    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.