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Today's News

  • Driver leads police on chase

    A man, who was allegedly driving recklessly on South Main Street in Galax, led police on a chase into Alleghany County, N.C., on Monday afternoon.

    After crashing on Glade Valley Road, at the intersection of Barrett Road, in Alleghany County, Jonathan Scott Eggert, 25, of Grandview Drive, Sparta, N.C., was arrested and will be charged in Virginia with DUI, reckless driving, eluding police, leaving the scene of the accident and property damage for striking a stop sign at U.S. 58 and West Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Free Clinic needs cash injection

    With only $400 in its savings account, executive director Dina Clower is talking about the threat of closing the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties due to lack of funding.
    She walks through the new hallways of the clinic, which recently relocated from Oldtown Street to 140 Larkspur Lane in Galax for more space, during its open house tour last Thursday.

  • Worst Case Scenario

    An armed, angry man fires shots at the office workers at the Galax Elementary School and takes a hostage before barricading himself in the library with 20 students.
    The casualties mount as the man drags the hostage, a volunteering parent, looking for his wife throughout Galax Elementary School...

     

  • Public Safety Academy starts Oct. 19

    Have your ever wondered what it takes to become a police officer, a firefighter or an EMT-Paramedic?
    If you've ever wondered why they do the things they do or what’s required to work in the public safety profession, the Galax Police Department is offering an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and find those answers.

  • Old money discovered anew

    Ten years ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation was on a reckless spending spree, delaying payments on completed projects in order to start new ones. More than 160 projects had to be canceled to restore financial sanity.
    A new audit initiated by Gov. Bob McDonnell revealed last month that the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction.
    Today’s VDOT is paralyzed by bureaucratic rules intended to improve accountability that instead have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars sitting unused in more than 25 separate financial accounts.

  • New owners to reopen Davis-Bourne

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite reports to the contrary, The Historic Davis-Bourne Inn & Tavern will open under new ownership and management in early November.

  • Projects receive federal funding

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several Twin County improvement projects received federal facilities funding last Wednesday, including $200,000 to renovate the Carroll County Public Library and more than $170,000 for other community needs.
    Besides the Rural Development Community Facilities Program funds, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also announced $15 million in awards to 129 rural communities to specifically support library projects.

  • Smith, Loftin take River Run wins

     FRIES –– Carley Smith and Kevin Loftin were the individual winners while Galax swept the team competitions at the Grayson County River Run cross country meet, held Wednesday.

    Smith built a one-minute, 24-second lead over the field by the completion of the 5K run, finishing with a time of 20:28. Megan Boyles of Galax was second in 21:52 and Elise Zyvlosky of Carroll County took third in 22:41.

  • Hanks, Galax claim MED golf championships

     DRAPER –– Galax had three scores in the 70s and breezed to the Mountain Empire District golf championship, shooting a composite 311 Wednesday at Draper Valley Golf Club.

    The Maroon Tide and Grayson County will advance as teams to Tuesday’s Region C tournament, set for Wytheville Country Club.

    Galax’s Eddie Hanks and John Bryant finished regulation tied atop the leaderboard, each with a 2-over-par 76, and Hanks took the individual championship on the second playoff hole.

  • Radford runs over Devils

     INDEPENDENCE –– For the second week in a row, Grayson County was given the golden opportunity to make a heroic comeback from a three-touchdown halftime deficit.

    Pulling it off two weeks in a row was too much to ask.

    After giving up a score on the game’s opening series, Radford scored 43 unanswered points and rolled Grayson County 43-6 in a nondistrict game Friday at Bill Strong Field.