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Today's News

  • Oracle Institute programs to explore eco-spirituality

     INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute has invited representatives from the Federation of Damanhur — a resilient agricultural community in northern Italy — to a local seminar to speak about their 30-year experiment with a model of sustainable spiritual living.

  • New hardware store opens Oct. 16

    MOUTH OF WILSON — A new business will open in the western end of Grayson County on Saturday.

    Highlands Hardware and Building Supply will open in a building formerly used as a garage on U.S. 58 at 3386 Highlands Parkway. A grand opening is set for Saturday with food provided for customers and free prizes from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    The new business is owned and operated by James and Melissa Hayes.

    Melissa said the store would offer a complete line of hardware items, lumber and much more. Delivery will be available.

  • DQ lifts Galax to state championship

      HARTFIELD, Va. -- For the second day in a row, no one at the VHSL Group A state golf tournament played better than Giles' Tanner Carbaugh.

    As a result, the Spartans' senior wrapped up his high school career by winning the individual title at Piankatank Golf Club.

    Carbaugh followed up his 2-over-par 74 in Monday's first round with a 73 to beat runner-up Ryan Baughn of Essex by five shots.

  • Good news, bad news

    Carroll officials had to learn to take the bad with the good in education news in recent weeks.
    While standardized testing and attendance reports show that the schools continue to realize respectable results, school and county officials received a major reversal of fortune as they tried to plan for future facility needs.
    Educators would have finally been able to wrap up the more-than-a-decade-long facilities improvement program by adding the ninth grade to the high school and the sixth grade to the intermediate.

  • Carroll PSA tries to quell smell

    HILLSVILLE — Adding two chemical agents to the sewage system at Woodlawn may reduce the odor that residents have been experiencing, Carroll Public Service Authority officials hope.
    Several citizens attended September's PSA meeting to vent about the rotten egg smell that lingers over their neighborhood after the installation of the new sewer system.
    The hardest-hit area appears to near the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Grandview, not far from Woodlawn School.

  • Suspect arrested in firearms theft

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man in connection with a break-in and theft at a vacation home.

  • Furniture company continues China fight

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. of Galax was one of several furniture manufacturers with the American Furniture Manufacturers’ Committee for Legal Trade testifying before the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., last Tuesday.
    Furniture makers testified in an all-day hearing that an order should be renewed that places duties on Chinese imports due to China's illegal “dumping” of wooden bedroom furniture, hurting the U.S. market and injuring furniture companies.

  • History: According to Gooch

    WOODLAWN — It's tempting to say that Gooch Harmon, who presides over his complex of clothing stores on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn, pulled himself up by his bootstraps, but the foundation of his commercial success stems from his decades selling cars.
    After all, Harmon still spends much of his time in the "Boot Capital of Virginia," where the store moves several thousand pairs a year.
    But his time as a car salesman preceded the launch of his retail boot business and other clothing outlets by about 15 years.

  • Galax to host Volley for the Cure night

     Galax High School’s volleyball program is thinking pink.

    The Maroon Tide and Narrows varsity and JV teams will be competitors on the floor but teammates for a cause Thursday as Galax hosts the Green Wave for a ‘Volley for the Cure’ game at the GHS gymnasium.

    The Mountain Empire District match will begin at 6 p.m. with the JV game, and the varsity will follow.

  • Tide posts solid results at Charlotte

     CHARLOTTE –– Galax enjoyed one of its best-ever visits to the Wendy’s Classic on Oct. 2, earning just its second top-15 individual finish by the boys’ team as well as its highest team finish ever by the girls.

    The Maroon Tide placed 16th out of 28 girls’ teams, led by top-100 finishes by Megan Boyles (57th, 21 minutes, 23 seconds), Lindsey Ayers (92nd, 22:25) and Marleigh Durham (93rd, 22:26) in a field of 196 runners.