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Today's News

  • Toys for Tots begins annual mission

    Toys for Tots is bringing new toys to the children of economically challenged families in Carroll and Grayson Counties and the City of Galax, and local organizations and businesses are raising funds and collecting toys for the children.
    On Dec. 1 — before, during and after the Fries Christmas parade — toys will be collected at the new Fries Firehouse and along the parade route, said Bob Hines, coordinator of Twin County Toys for Tots.
    The Fries Volunteer Fire Department is also a toy collection site through the holiday season.

  • Federal cuts looming for school system

    Brian Spencer is chairman of the Carroll County School Board

  • Readers' Hotline 11/26/12

    Bring the soap
    I am calling about the new store [located omitted] with the young man behind the counter with the vulgar mouth. I thought he had straightened up. I have been in there a few times lately and nothing was ever said. But, I was in there the other day and everything [he said was offensive]. He really does need his mouth washed out with soap. I will not be back in that store.

    Grateful

  • Galax aims to allow urban archery season

    Galax City Council is considering joining many other communities in the state of Virginia in adopting an urban archery program that would allow for bow hunting of deer in residential areas within the city limits.
    While council members yet to take action on the matter, this subject has been discussed in some depth at their two most recent meetings.

  • Carroll could put offenders to work

    HILLSVILLE — Keeping minor criminal offenders out of jail through a day-reporting program may also be the key to unlocking savings for Carroll County.
    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner met with the board of supervisors Nov. 15 to report that several county agencies want to set up a new community service program.
    Modeled after similar efforts in Grayson County and Giles County, day reporting allows non-violent, non-sexual offenders to stay out of jail by agreeing to do local community service work projects.

  • Backpack Buddies feed the need

    Established in September 2009, Galax Backpack Buddies is a volunteer program that provides food to Galax City School children each week.

  • Christmas Chest project underway

    Following in the footsteps of the Magi, the Galax Y’s Men’s Club brings the gifts of the holiday season to those who are less fortunate.
    While most people at Christmas are concerned that their loved ones get what they want from their Christmas list, some people right here in the Twin Counties are struggling just to put food on the table.
    That’s where the Community Christmas Chest and the Galax Y’s Men come in, said Gene Cox of Galax, chairman of the program for the past 29 years.

  • Items stolen from Galax barn

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the theft of items from a barn off Cliffview Road that was reported on Nov. 16.
    According to a police report, the stolen items included two Circle SX2 saddles, two yellow rain coats, three horse bridles, two horse breast collars, two halters, one horse lead and one Textan saddle.
    Anyone with information about this theft or any other crime is asked to call Galax Police at 236-8101 or use the anonymous “Text a Tip” link on the police department’s Facebook page.

  • Tigers too tough for Tide

    HONAKER –– Galax was able to absorb a quick 1-2 punch by Honaker at the outset of its Western Section Division 1 second-round game. A similar salvo by the Tigers to close the first half proved to be too much to overcome.

    Honaker had two touchdowns before Galax had three offensive snaps, and the Tigers added two scores 16 seconds apart just before the half to advance with a 42-14 win Saturday at Fuller Field.

    The Western Section’s No. 1 seed, Honaker (11-1) will host No. 5 J.I. Burton (9-3) in the state quarterfinals this weekend.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/21/12

    Bible knowledge
    “I thoroughly believe in a university education for both men and women. But I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without the Bible.” — William Lion Felts, professor and one-time president of Yale University.

    What’s the rush?