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Today's News

  • Gambill sentenced on firearms charge

    ABINGDON — A 42-year-old Galax man will serve more than six years in federal prison on a gun charge.
    Joe Jackson Gambill was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2010 for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
    The charge arose from a traffic stop and sobriety check in August 2009.
    Gambill was found guilty by a jury in U.S. District Court in Abingdon in August 2010, and he was sentenced Dec. 28, 2010, to serve 78 months in prison at a facility in Beckley, W.Va.

  • Christmas wreck leads police to stolen property

    If you break into a church — on Christmas, of all days — expect things to not go your way.
    That appears to be the case for two people arrested Dec. 25 in Grayson County, after their car wrecked in the snow while leaving the church and police discovered stolen property inside.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded to an automobile accident on Snow Hill Road in Fairview, but when they arrived, the driver and a passenger had fled on foot.

  • I-77 safety an ongoing effort

    SALEM — The foggy and windy stretch of Interstate 77 in Carroll County requires vigilance — not only from speeding drivers, but from the state and local officials that oversee its safety.
    Virginia Department of Transportation officials have taken a long, hard look at the accident-prone highway and put into place numerous safety improvements over the years, starting with a weather station in the mid-1990s.

    As severe and sometimes fatal pileups continue to occur during poor weather conditions on Interstate 77, VDOT is not standing still.

  • 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.