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Today's News

  • Jay Allen signs off at WBRF

    Long-time WBRF-98.1 FM bluegrass radio host Jay Allen said goodbye on Friday to his listeners.
    Twenty-three years ago, Allen began his career at 98.1 by filling in at the studio during the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
    “At the time, I was just doing odd jobs,” said Allen. “WBRF manager Zane Bennett called and asked if I could fill in during Old Fiddlers’ Convention week. After a few days, I thought that would be it.”

  • Storm damage cost could raise APCo rates

    It’s too soon to calculate the costs of restoring electricity to customers of Appalachian Power Co. who were left in the dark by last month’s ferocious windstorm.
    The bill might come next year, in the form of a rate increase.
    An APCo spokeswoman declined to say last week whether the utility will pass the costs of power line repair along to its customers through higher monthly bills.

  • Scam alert: President Obama will not pay your bills

    The Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program is warning of a scam involving utility bills and an alleged federal government assistance program.
    There is no such utility payment assistance program.
    This scam has affected older residents in the Eastern Shore region of Virginia, and thousands of complaints are being reported nationally.

  • Carroll names new finance director

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County announced Friday that Catherine Dalton has been named finance director for the county.
    Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe noted that six qualified individuals went through the rigorous interview process.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/16/12

    Many thanks
    I have a Good Samaritan story. My husband and I were traveling Saturday June 30 — a very hot day — from Martinsville to Fries. Our car broke down in Hillsville at the intersection of 58 and I-77. We were assisted all afternoon by Randy Wilson, Donald Wilson and Ricky Wilson. They repaired our car, got us on the road. We can’t thank them enough for helping us out. When they stopped to help, they didn’t know we were friends. They just made a goodwill gesture. We live in Spencer, Va.

  • Galax, Carroll National advance in O-Zone

    Galax and Carroll County National were the last two teams standing after four days of the Dixie District 1 O-Zone baseball tournament at Mountain View Park.

    Galax entered Tuesday’s round the lone unbeaten in the original field of eight teams of 11- and 12-year-olds, while Carroll National advanced to Tuesday with one loss, needing to defeat Galax twice to win the district.

    DAY 1

  • Galax defends home turf

     Galax completed a perfect 5-0 run through the area’s best 12-year-old baseball teams and claimed the championship in the Dixie Boys’ District 1 O-Zone tournament Tuesday at Mountain View Park.

    Galax defeated Carroll County National 12-2 in four innings to capture the title. Both teams will advance to the Dixie state tournament, beginning July 13 in Amherst.

  • Minors tourney down to two

     After 13 games, Galax and Carroll County American stood as the last remaining teams in the Dixie Boys District 1 Minors baseball tournament at Mountain View Park.

    Galax survived a pair of extra-inning scrapes to reach the final pairing while Carroll American battled its way back through the bottom bracket after losing its second game of the event.

  • No minor victory for Galax

    Scoot, Chinquapin and Booger. Bubba, Grasshopper and Train. The nicknames were almost as good as the baseball. And for a bunch of kids, some of whom still count their age in the single digits, the baseball was pretty darn good.

    Galax came out on top in competitive outings against two Carroll County teams on the final two days of play to win the Dixie Youth District 1 Minors tournament Tuesday at Mountain View Park. The host team will now hit the road, advancing to the state tournament for 9- and 10-year-olds in South Hill beginning July 20.

  • No minor victory for Galax

    Scoot, Chinquapin and Booger. Bubba, Grasshopper and Train. The nicknames were almost as good as the baseball. And for a bunch of kids, some of whom still count their age in the single digits, the baseball was pretty darn good.

    Galax came out on top in competitive outings against two Carroll County teams on the final two days of play to win the Dixie Youth District 1 Minors tournament Tuesday at Mountain View Park. The host team will now hit the road, advancing to the state tournament for 9- and 10-year-olds in South Hill beginning July 20.