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Today's News

  • Chambers wins links title

     LORTON –– Brad Chambers’ 300-plus mile trek from Galax to Northern Virginia proved to be well worth the journey.

    The 29-year-old southwest Virginian won two of the final three holes in the championship final to score a 2-up victory over Greg Morrison, 42, of Centreville to claim the 7th Virginia State Golf Association Public Links Championship Aug. 30 at Laurel Hill Golf Club.

  • Maroon Tide runners fare well at Bristol

     BRISTOL, Tenn. –– Galax placed fourth in the girls’ team standings and fifth in the boys’ results at the Bristol Cross, held Saturday at Steele Creek Park.

    The Maroon Tide placed all seven of its girls' runners among the top 60 scoring places in the field of 93 runners, with the top five counting toward the team score.

  • 'Choice Bus' shows students paths life could take

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the new school year is underway, Grayson County Public Schools hosted the Choice Bus on Sept. 22 to enable students to better understand the power of education and some of the long-lasting consequences of dropping out of school prior to graduation.

  • Commission to consider Hillsville annexation

    HILLSVILLE — The Commission on Local Government will hold its November meeting in Hillsville to gather more information about the voluntary boundary adjustment between the town and Carroll County.
    The commission will hear feedback from citizens and tour the affected area.

  • Pastor retires after 32 years (WITH VIDEO)

    LAUREL FORK — A long-time pastor at Gladesboro Lutheran Church will establish a ministry in new pastures — specifically, to use his insights to make places of worship more welcoming to the visually impaired.

    Pastor Duane Steele, who is legally blind, has prepared for this his final sermon this Sunday after preaching from the piano and the pulpit there for 32 years.
    In that time, he's delivered more than 1,500 sermons.
    His last message is called "Mustard Seed Faith."

  • Carroll schools not funded

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Carroll officials who expected to get $26.7 million to expand two county schools from Rural Development got a shock Wednesday, when federal officials announced projects funded through the Community Facilities Program.

     

  • Memorial garden to be dedicated at TCRH

    After years of planning and months of planting, a memorial garden at Twin County Regional Hospital is ready to open.

  • New River Trail Outfitters relocates

    New River Trail Outfitters, formerly Ice House Bikes, has relocated from the former Wachovia building on North Main Street to 103 N. Main St. in downtown Galax.

  • Police finding small meth labs more often

    Southwest Virginia police are finding methamphetamine labs at the fastest pace in five years as makers of the illegal stimulant switch from complicated laboratories to soda bottle mixes of supermarket ingredients.

  • Board has no authority to consider Oracle appeal

    INDEPENDENCE — A Board of Zoning Appeals hearing involving The Oracle Institute was brief and confusing for about 20 citizens in attendance last week.
    Citizens filed into the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom, many of them holding handwritten or typed notes, thinking they would have an opportunity to speak. However, the Sept. 23 hearing focused on whether the Board of Zoning Appeals has jurisdiction to hear Oracle's appeal of the Board of Supervisors' June denial of the permit.
    According to Virginia law, it doesn't.