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Today's News

  • Our Parkway: A Milepost-By-Milepost Tour

    Millions of people from across the United States visit the Blue Ridge Parkway each year, drawn by scenic views and the attractions that preserve America's rural past.

  • Parkway anniversary activities abound this weekend

    The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival will span three days, two main venues in two states and four local communities, as the National Park Service celebrates its most-visited park.

  • Center preserves music of the mountains

    The Blue Ridge Music Center started as an idea shortly after the 50th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1985, and has since brought thousands to its concerts, jams, exhibits and visitor center.

  • Hearing set for Oracle zoning appeal

    INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute will have its appeal of a Grayson County Board of Supervisors' decision heard on Sept. 23.
    In June, the board denied a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District. Oracle President Laura George contends that the permit was denied based on county officials' religious beliefs, not on legitimate criteria that can be considered.
    George has also filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the county, seeking $300,000 in damages.

  • Red Cross helping fire victims

    Red Cross disaster workers were called to an evening fire at The Pine Crest Apartments on South Main Street in Galax on Aug. 29 to assist families affected by the event.
    Sharon Burns of the Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross said the agency was alerted that seven families housed in the 13-unit complex were in need of shelter, food and clothing.
    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, the department sent five trucks and 30 firefighters to the call and found heavy fire showing from a single ground floor apartment.

  • Firearms charge results in 4-year sentence

    ABINGDON — A 63-year-old Troutdale man will spend four years of his life in a federal prison for possessing weapons as a convicted felon.
    Jerry Melvin Jenkins appeared in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on Aug. 30 after having entered a guilty plea to a single count of possessing firearms and ammunition.
    This comes after Jenkins had been previously "convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and while being an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance," according to the indictment.

  • Protect Parkway Vistas

    Millions of recreational travelers drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway annually, spending roughly $300 in gateway communities like Galax, Carroll and Grayson on each trip.

  • Maroon Tide posts another shutout

     It may have been the kick-off of Bully Prevention Week at Galax High School, but the football players bullied their way to yet another dominating win Friday night at home.

    The Tide (2-0) started the season with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2002 with a second straight shut-out.

    Galax hosted neighboring Alleghany County (0-3) and dominated both sides of the ball, scoring on five of its first six possessions – including all three in the second quarter – to win 35-0.

  • Blue Devils thump Chilhowie 48-22 to improve to 2-0

     CHILHOWIE –– Grayson County zipped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and posted its most impressive win in at least three years Friday with a 48-22 pounding of Chilhowie.

    The Blue Devils, 2-0 for the first time since 2003, racked up 470 yards in total offense, including 295 yards on 48 rushing attempts.

  • Haynes dominates field for Carroll

     HILLSVILLE –– Kendall Haynes blew away the competition and led Carroll County to the team win in a Southwest District cross country meet Wednesday at the Carroll County Recreation Park.

    Haynes’ winning time of 19 minutes, 16 seconds was more than a minute ahead of runner-up David Ratliff of Grundy and nearly three minutes quicker than the third-place time of Zachary Burnett of Richlands.