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Today's News

  • Walmart larceny suspect arrested

    Galax police say they have charged one half of a duo that allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart stores in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
    On Sept. 29, two people left the Galax Walmart with $4,000 in stolen merchandise, according to a police report. A security camera photo shows the two subjects leaving through the garden center with a cart overflowing with stolen electronics.
    The Galax Police Department sent the photo to law enforcement agencies around the region seeking information, and discovered the pair was wanted for similar crimes in three states.

  • Carroll girls overpower Tide

    HILLSVILLE –– Galax put up a fight for the better part of the first half before Carroll County turned up the defensive heat and pulled away for a 43-28 nondistrict win Thursday.

    The win was the Cavaliers’ third straight after opening the season with back-to-back defeats. Galax fell to 1-2 with the loss.

    Carroll County held the Maroon Tide to a single point over the final five minutes of the first half, and though the Cavaliers were only able to pull out to a six-point lead, the mini-run set the tone for the second half.

  • Cavaliers end long dry spell

    HILLSVILLE –– In their one and only meeting last year, Galax and Carroll County swapped the lead 20 times before the Maroon Tide pulled away late to take its 16th straight win.

    Thursday, one lead change was all it took.

    Carroll County built a 10-point lead on its first bucket of the second quarter, eventually expanded its lead to 21 points and never allowed the Maroon Tide within 14 the rest of the way, taking a 48-31 nondistrict win in a noisy, energetic packed house.

  • Galax police warn of check scam

    If you've won a real prize, you will never have to pay a fee to claim it, police say.

  • Lions Clubs' vision for the future

    Eye-opening improvements have been made in vision screening technology over the years, and Twin County Lion’s Clubs see a need to upgrade their equipment.
    Obtaining the new digital technology made available by the Spot vision screening device means the clubs could move away from the “PhotoScreener” that uses Polaroid film and needs to take two pictures of the eyes.

  • Eminent domain makes citizen feel helpless

    By Sandra J. Felts, Woodlawn

  • Readers' Hotline 12/10/12

    Making spirits bright
    The Highland Camerata concert was phenomenal Friday night at Brush Creek Hall in Independence. When I closed my eyes I felt if I were in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the [Mormon Tabernacle], listening to the choir. If the Highland Camerata had just sung the Hallelujah Chorus, I would have been sure I had been transported to another place. Thanks to all the Camerata members. It was wonderful. Thank you for making spirits bright.

    Blame for debt

  • Reward offered for suspicous fire info

    FRIES — The owner of a building that burned down in October is offering a reward for information about the suspicious fire.
    The Virginia State Police and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the fire that occurred shortly before midnight on Oct. 28. The fire totally destroyed the old Stevens Creek School building at 205 Pine Ridge Lane in Fries. The damage was estimated at $100,000.

  • Bill would change electoral voting in Va.

    After a few densely populated localities turned the whole state blue in the 2012 presidential election, a state senator has submitted a proposal to the General Assembly to revamp the way Virginia’s electoral college votes are awarded.
    Many of the rural areas of the state turned red as most voters there, including those in Southwest Virginia and the Twin County area, supported Republican Mitt Romney in his bid to become the next president of the United States.

  • It's official: musicians set new world record

    Hundreds of who gathered in Galax this summer to play the most mandolins at once will be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.