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Today's News

  • Keeping us cool heats up AEP's profits

    Mike likes it hot.
    "Like most other reporting utilities this quarter, our best friend has been the weather," said Mike Morris, chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power.

    Morris spoke July 30 while discussing the utility's second quarter financial results. The three-month period ended June 30. AEP's subsidiaries include Appalachian Power Co., which serves Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

  • Most schools meet AYP targets

    It was a tough year for Virginia schools, as the state as a whole failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress targets for the 2009-10 school year, according to data released Aug. 12 by the Virginia Department of Education.
    No local school divisions met the criteria, either, though the majority of individual schools did in the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

  • Sylvatus Ruritans to hold flea market

    The Sylvatus Ruritan Club will host its annual Labor Day Flea Market, Sept. 3–6.
    Proceeds from the event go to support projects in the community.

  • Artist paints parkway every day

    Artist Janet Wimmer has dubbed herself Parkway Painter and Blue Ridge Daily Painter on her blog — and she intends to make that stick.
    Wimmer, who will have her artwork on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts beginning Sept. 9 and running through October, has set out to paint one picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway each day, Monday through Friday, for a year — and she has almost met that goal.

  • Tide zips to 45-0 win

     Tell your time of possession to shut up.

    Giving new meaning to the term ‘hurry-up offense,’ Galax showed some impressive quick-strike capability Friday night, opening the 2010 season with a 45-0 blanking of Northwood in a nondistrict game.

    The Maroon Tide’s six scoring drives averaged an entire 18 seconds in duration and less than two plays in length. Its final touchdown came on a marathon march of four snaps, dragging on and on for some three minutes and 15 seconds.

  • Blue Devils roll Trojans 34-14

     INDEPENDENCE - –– Alleghany scored the first and last touchdown in a game against the Grayson County Blue Devils last Friday night but what happened the rest of the game doomed the Trojans. 

    Behind a torrid defense, the Blue Devils handed the Trojans a 34-14 setback in a nondistrict game that was filled with penalties. 

  • Bassett boots Carroll County with last-second FG

     HILLSVILLE –– Zach Atwood’s 26-yard field goal as time expired spoiled a gutsy Carroll County effort and lifted Bassett to a 17-14 nondistrict win over the Cavaliers in the season opener for both teams Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Carroll County had knotted the score at 14-14 on Logan Hodges’ 1-yard run and Ulises Moreno’s PAT with 1:59 remaining. 

  • Moore wins Gear Jammer class at Elk Creek Dragway

     ELK CREEK –– One of the most beautiful weekends of the summer greeted fans and racers to Elk Creek Dragway this past weekend, and dealing with a few showers didn’t dampen the spirits of either.

    The Footbrake class kicked off action on Friday night with Robert Neal racing his Pontiac to the win with a 6.98 e.t. at 88 mph. Tim Douglas took the runner-up spot, also in a Pontiac, with a 6.98 e.t. at 90 mph.

  • Thunder in the Valley

    ELK CREEK — Brieanne Hash flips down the amber visor on her black racing helmet, shielding her sparkling blue eyes as she inches toward the starting line at Elk Creek Dragway.

    Her helmet matches her race car, a sleek 1:2 scale replica of the Top Fuel dragsters that run better than 300 mph on quarter-mile tracks across the country. Her machine is polished black with red graphics that appropriately resemble the outline of a bullet.

  • Fancy Gap visitors' center almost ready

    FANCY GAP — Rome wasn't built in a day, but the Romans probably could have taken a few cues from the Fancy Gap visitors' center work.
    Seeming to spring up next to the Pickin' Porch and an electronic kiosk on U.S. 52, first benches appeared as a Boy Scout Eagle and community service project.