Today's News

  • Deer feeding now illegal in Virginia

    It is illegal statewide as of Sept. 1 to feed deer in Virginia until Jan. 6, 2013.
    The regulation does not restrict planting of crops such as corn, wildlife food plots, and backyard habitats.
    It is intended to curb artificial feeding of deer that leads to negative consequences.
    Problems with feeding deer include: unnaturally increasing population numbers that damage natural habitats, increasing the likelihood for disease transmission, and increasing human-deer conflicts such as deer/vehicle collisions and diminishing the wild nature of deer.  

  • Town to readvertise police chief position

    HILLSVILLE — At the same time as Hillsville Town Council members voted to readvertise for the police chief vacancy with different educational requirements, they also set a special meeting to consider the applications for the town manager position.
    “I’ve been getting a lot of telephone calls, people anxious for us to hire somebody,” Mayor Greg Crowder reported to the council and the audience Monday.
    The positions of town manager and police chief have been vacant since Larry South and Steve Williams decided to resign in June.

  • Bedsaul Road fire under investigation


  • New River Trail work resumes


  • A Bryton shining example

    Bryton McKinney never really liked dogs.

    “I’ve got a phobia,” said the 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior defensive lineman.

    One canine encounter nearly cost the Galax senior his life, though you’ll not find a bite mark on his entire body.

  • A warning about flea market traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Shoppers by the thousands are expected to descend on the Hillsville gun show and flea market, as well as the Sylvatus flea market and numerous yard sales, this weekend.
    Roads in the vicinity are expected to be clogged with shoppers galore, so the Virginia Department of Transportation issued the following traffic advisory.
    Travelers heading to the annual Labor Day weekend flea market should be prepared for considerable traffic delays.

  • 500,000 could collect for flea market

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show will transform Hillsville from a quiet town of 3,000 to one of the largest retail venues in the Southeast during the four-day holiday weekend.
    The number of vendors of new, used and collectible stuff nearly equals the number of town residents — and attracts an estimated crowd of around half a million shoppers.
    Just two miles from Interstate 77, shoppers can find virtually everything — old, kitsch, useful or totally useless.

  • Gravely, Hauslohner to wed

    Austin David Hauslohner and Shannon Michelle Gravely of Galax announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

    Gravely is the daughter of Kern McCoy Gravely Jr. and the late Kathy Ann Gravely of Galax. She is a 2005 graduate of Galax High School and is employed as floral manager at Food City in Galax.

  • Barkers celebrate 50 years

    Edward and Phyllis Barker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 18.

    A celebration brunch was held at 104 Main in Galax with children, grandchildren and siblings.  
    The Barkers moved to Galax in 1967, where Ed worked as a pharmacist for People’s Drug Store.
    They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

  • Worrells celebrate 50th anniversary

    Charles and Wilma Worrell of Woodlawn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 14.

    They have one son and daughter-in-law — Charles David and Carol Jean Worrell of Woodlawn.