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Today's News

  • Flea market will bring thousands to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Tens of thousands of people will head to Hillsville over Labor Day weekend to experience flea market shopping heaven, creating the potential of traffic hell for others.
    The Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market will open for business Friday at 7 a.m. and wrap up Monday at 5 p.m.
    While Hillsville does its best to accommodate crowds estimated at more than half a million in the past, the Virginia Department of Transportation has issued its annual statement, warning those who might not want to be ensnared in the shopping bonanza to steer clear.

  • Art school awaiting final state grant

    It has been a busy year for Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, as staff has worked tirelessly with Galax grants administrator Brenda Marrah to secure enough funding for a woodworking studio in the downtown district.
    As the school draws close to submitting its final request to the Virginia Tobacco Commission for $125,000, CCSA Executive Director Chris Shackelford approached the members of Galax City Council on Aug. 12 to request their support one more time.

  • Independence buys McKnight lot

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council has finally reached an agreement with the McKnight family to purchase a lot in the middle of town.
    Town Manager Jerry Hughes said the purchase price for the less-than-an-acre McKnight lot is $90,000.
    Hughes said town officials and town council have been negotiating with Tommy McKnight, the son of Gene T. “Fuzzy” McKnight.
    The town has been using the lot for several years for different festivals and the weekly farmers’ market.
    Hughes said uses for the corner were “unlimited.”

  • Hillsville mayor faces charge in Bristol

     

    RICHMOND — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder faces a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law-enforcement officer, placed by Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control, according to ABC officials and court records.

  • Galax rolls, 44-3

     Galax scored 28 points in the second quarter and rolled over Carroll County 44-3 in the two teams' annual benefit game Saturday night in Galax.

    The Maroon Tide, which opens regular season play Friday at Glenvar, led 13-3 when it scored four touchdowns in the final 8:09 of the first half. Charles Harris got the ball rolling with a 38-yard scoring run and Jonathen Reyna booted one of his five PATs fora 20-3 Galax lead.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/26/13

    Questions about hospital
    Regarding Twin County Regional Hospital, how long is third floor going to be closed? How many positions have been eliminated since Duke LifePoint took over the facility? How many long-term managers have been required to reapply for their jobs? When is the community going to get the money from the sale of the asset that they owned? It has been 15 months or greater.

  • TCRH adjusts to challenges of healthcare industry

    By Twin County Regional Hospital Administration

  • Belton named Grayson chairman

    INDEPENDENCE – Kenneth Belton has been named chairman of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors following the passing of former Chairman Mike Maynard.
    Supervisors had previously left the position open in honor of Maynard, but County Administrator Jonathan Sweet pointed out during the board’s regular meeting this month that it was in the county’s best interest to fill the vacancy.

  • Life Center celebrates anniversary, expansion

    The staff of the Life Center of Galax opened the doors to friends and supporters last Thursday to celebrate 40 years of helping patients overcome substance abuse.
    The gathering served a dual purpose of acknowledging the facility’s anniversary and showing off its recent expansion.
    “This is truly a dream coming true today and, as most of you here know, it’s been 10 years in the making,” said Executive Director Tina Bullins at the start of the open house ceremony.

  • Area schools' SOL scores rise and fall

    While state education officials note that math scores as measured by the Standard of Learning tests have started rising again, those in reading, writing and science took a hit this year in Carroll County.
    Galax and Grayson County both saw similar results with their test scores this year, with higher scores in math, and dips in reading and writing tests.
    The Virginia Department of Education posted the pass rates for SOLs on Tuesday, but schools are waiting until late September for school accreditation and federal accountability results.