Today's News

  • APCo gets OK for rate boost

    Home electricity customers will be charged about a half-percent more for service in 2012 as Appalachian Power Company makes up for investment in two out-of-state wind farms, the company said.
    The increase is the result of the State Corporation Commission’s approval for Appalachian Power to recoup $6.3 million in renewable energy programs — in this case wind farms in West Virginia and Indiana. The SCC said on Thursday that it approved the raise.

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments


    INDEPENDENCE  — Two Galax men were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on malicious wounding charges.
    Jason Lee Hill, 27, and Matthew Harris Brown, 23, accused each other of malicious wounding.
    The grand jury met in Independence on Oct. 28.
    An indictment indicates that the grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.
    Other indictments handed down were:


    Two rules of playoff football are (1) never look past your next opponent, and (2) it’s impossible to obey rule No. 1.
    According to the official VHSL pairings released Sunday evening, No. 1 Galax will host No. 16 Holston on Friday night in the opening round of the Division 1 Western Section playoffs, while No. 2 Grayson County will host a rematch with No. 15 Graham in the Division 2 first round Friday.

  • A first of its kind, and it sure didn’t disappoint.

    No doubt about it – Galax got lucky Friday night.

    But then, so did Grayson County.

    You could have said that long before a football ball was ever in the air, and it had nothing to do with the final numbers on the scoreboard.

  • Voters may still vote without new voter information card

    While 4.2 million voter information cards generated by the Virginia State Board of Elections were given to the postal service on Oct. 22, there may be voters who do not have their new cards to take to the polls on Tuesday.
    Eligible voters who do not have their new voter information card may still vote using alternate identification such as a valid Virginia driver’s license.
    A few localities individually mailed their own voter cards.

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  • And then there was one

    All year long, Galax has been listed above Grayson County in the district standings merely by reason of alphabetical prominence. The Maroon Tide stays there by virtue of its record.

    Amid a festival atmosphere featuring a battle between to undefeated teams as the main attraction, Galax got a pair of big-play second-quarter touchdowns and rode a stellar defensive effort the rest of the night to take a 21-6 win over Grayson County on the final night of the regular season.

  • Police: drunken driver caused power outage

    Police say a drunken driver caused a power outage that lasted throughout Friday morning, after she struck and split a utility pole at New River Trail State Park in Galax.
    Ashley Millway, 25, of Galax, was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. She was taken to New River Valley Regoinal Jail.
    One of three passengers in Millway’s vehicle was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital. The passenger was treated and released.

  • 19th District campaign takes personal tone


  • 20th District a critical battleground