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Today's News

  • 2010 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    As we look back on 2010, two long-standing disasters remain poised on the threshold of being resolved.
    Jobs — at least some — appear to be returning to the Twin Counties, and Carroll County appears to be getting along with Hillsville.
    It boggles the mind.
    As everything is now hunky dory between Hillsville and Carroll County, a state commission is expected to approve the town boundary adjustment and water and sewer billing settlement.

  • He's two

    Braeden Ford Whitaker celebrated his second birthday Aug. 19, 2010, with family and friends with a Thomas the Tank Engine party at Felts Park.

    He is the son of Billy and Jessica Whitaker of Galax. His maternal grandparents are Henry and Joyce Ford of Galax and paternal grandparents are Charles and Kim Irwin of Sparta, N.C.

  • Turns 94

    Rita Bunn of Fancy Gap had her 94th birthday on Dec. 9.
    She celebrated at a meal at Flossies in Galax with her son, Joe Bunn; daughter, Joyce Bunn, and daughter-in-law, Ruth Bunn. Later she was serenaded in her living room by bluegrass band Jenny Leigh and the Boys (Jennifer Bunn, Harold Vass, Aaron Vass, and John Edmonds).

  • He's one

    Justin Tyler Chappell celebrated his first birthday Dec. 24, 2010, with family and friends.

    He is the son of Ashley Sexton and Joe Chappell. His grandparents are Lisa Waller and Barry Waller, Ricky Sexton and Jody Sexton and Cindy and Toby Chappell.

  • Tide finally finishes Trojans

     SPARTA, N.C. –– Galax saw a 21-point lead dwindle to two then grow again to 25 as the Maroon Tide took an 89-65 nondistrict win over Alleghany, N.C., Wednesday night.

    Galax (5-0) was about as good as it could be for the first 8:46 but slowly coughed up nearly every bit of a 21-point cushion before pulling away down the stretch.

  • Gambill, Alleghany down Galax

     SPARTA, N.C. –– Kennedy Gambill nearly outscored Galax by herself, pouring in 39 points to lead Alleghany past the Maroon Tide 67-40 in the Alleghany Showcase tournament Wednesday.

    Gambill, a junior guard, knocked down six 3-pointers and was 15-of-19 from the foul line as the Trojans improved to 6-3 on the year. Galax saw its record even at 4-4.

  • Grayson County holds off Carroll County in Wythe tournament

     MAX MEADOWS –– Carroll County’s work on the offensive boards was admirable. Grayson County’s was efficient.

    More than half of Carroll’s 47 rebounds were off its own misses, but the Cavaliers could turn only nine of those 25 extra chances into points Tuesday as Grayson County took a 68-60 win in the opening round of the First Bank of Virginia Tournament at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • The Year in Sports

     Well, we made it through another one.

     

    Or at least we can say that at midnight. Bob Feller, Don Meredith, Ron Santo, John Wooden, Sparky Anderson, George Blanda, Manute Bol, George Steinbrenner, Merlin Olsen, we wish you could have made it with us.

    Earl Weaver is still among the living, or at least that’s what he says, contrary to a recent political column in the New York Times that read, in part, “…somewhere in heaven, Earl Weaver and Ann Richards are comparing notes…”

  • Anti-fluoride group asks Grayson to omit chemical

    INDEPENDENCE — To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That is the question Grayson County leaders will have to make in the coming weeks for a new water system that will serve the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C.
    After citizens showed up in masses to both Alleghany County Commissioners and Sparta Town Council with 1,000-plus signatures on a petition against fluoridation, both N.C. governments voted against the procedure for the new water system being developed by the Virginia-Carolina Regional Water Authority.

  • Citizen alleges conflict

    ONLINE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

    Click on the links at the end of this story to view original documents, including the property deed, Gary Larrowe's financial disclosures and minutes of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority meetings. Also, click on the video link to see Mike Goldwasser speaking at the December meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.