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Today's News

  • Fiddlers' convention history revealed

    "Let's try a musical program." With those immortal words in 1935, the Galax Moose Lodge launched a legendary annual event that has grown to the world's largest gathering of bluegrass and old time musicians and fans.

    Fiddlers' conventions have branched out to other areas over the years, but Galax is still revered as the oldest and largest convention in the world.

  • Brady's killer seeks medical clemency

    RICHMOND — A woman serving a 33-year prison sentence for the 2004 murder of Carroll Countian Donald Brady has asked the Virginia Parole Board for medical clemency.
    Elva Rosemary Nixon, 56, had been found guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court in the Jan. 5, 2004, robbery and shooting that led to Brady's death in the Keno section of the county.

  • Fries woman faces malicious wounding charge

    Grayson County deputies arrested Bridgette Monique Brewer, 45, of Fries, after finding a wounded man at her residence on July 20.

  • Woodlawn man wanted by federal officials

    ROANOKE — Federal officials have an interest in the activities of a Woodlawn man whom Hillsville police recently charged with several misdemeanors and one felony after a July 22 traffic stop on U.S. 58.
    Ronald Lee Davis, 49, of Woodlawn was due in Carroll County General District Court on a bond hearing related to charges arising from the incident in which he fled from town Investigator Alan Gravley. He was pulled over in a 1999 Misubishi Mirage for improper registration.

  • DMV warns customers about water damaged vehicles

    With rampant storms and flooding this summer, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reminds vehicle buyers to inspect for water damage before buying used or new vehicles.

    The dangers of water-damaged cars are often hidden, the DMV said.

    Aside from mold and rust, electrical systems could erode and fail over time. Computer sensors could be damaged, and safety protections like air bags could fail in a crash.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/5/13

    Speed trap
    After you drive through Galax a few times you are going to have to go have your brakes lined. The focus should be on breaking and enterings and drug problems we have in Galax instead of setting a speed trap for everybody. Try making 25 mph going down a hill and see if your speed doesn't pick up and then you have a police officer waiting there to pull you over to write you up. Oh, but I forgot, Galax is supposed to be such a safety place. Well, good luck.

    Put to a vote

  • Property seizure presents problems

    By Sandra Felts, Austinville

  • Fiddlers' contestant registration holds steady

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down only 17 contestants overall from 2012, the smallest drop in registration numbers in several years.
    The registration figures were released by the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 78-year-old event, the world’s largest gathering of bluegrass and old-time fans and musicians.

  • Pennsylvania man charged with assault, kidnapping

    HILLSVILLE — A 40-year-old man from Vandergrift, Pa., faces charges of kidnapping and assault from an Aug. 1 domestic dispute at Best Western, according to Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen.
    First Sgt. Robby Martin and officers Billy Anauo and Josh
    Edwards responded to a report of a domestic dispute at about 2 a.m., the chief said. Authorities also received a call from a female who reported she was being held against her will in her motel room.
    Upon the officers' arrival at the Best Western, they found a boyfriend and girlfriend in the room.

  • A bolder kind of exercise

    MOUTH OF WILSON ― Park officials, volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts gathered at Grayson Highlands State Park on Saturday to introduce the Split Rock Trail, a new 1.3-mile loop trail that offers both hiking and climbing opportunities to the public.