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Today's News

  • Elk Creek man dies in crash

    A 44-year-old Elk Creek man died in a single-vehicle crash Friday on Stones Chapel Road in Grayson County.

    Virginia State Police identified the victim as Arnold J. Brown. According to a report by Trooper J.M. Sowers, Brown was operating a 1993 Chevy S-10 at the time of the accident, which occurred at 6:25 p.m., about 1.5 miles west of Powder Mill Road.

    Brown lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road and ran off the road to the left.

  • Rising above politics

    The recently-passed health care reform legislation will affect every American citizen.

    On a matter of this broad scope, it is essential that members of Congress place the interests of their constituents first and rise above political party interests where necessary to do so.

    It is clear both from Rep. Rick Boucher’s vote and from the reasons for his vote that our congressman understands this necessity.

  • Free Clinic moving to new home

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties began moving last week to its new location at 140 Larkspur Lane, Suite C, in Galax.

    The clinic opened its first physical location in August 2007 at 300 W. Oldtown St. in Galax.

    “Many thanks go to Danny Cockerham, who leased the building to the clinic for almost three years,” said Dina Slusher, director of the clinic. “The need for more space became apparent as more patients began to need assistance.”

    The new location will offer 2,250 square feet of space.

  • Grayson to hold budget hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents will have one final chance to plead for a lesser tax rate when the supervisors hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010-11 budget next week.

    The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 10, during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

    With a proposed tax increase of 44 percent, the real estate levy will jump to 49 cents next year.

    The increase comes as the county looks to crawl out of a deep financial hole, which includes an estimated tax anticipation note of more than $3.5 million next year.

  • Groups join to develop Wildwood

    HILLSVILLE — The regional economic development authority has taken on a new partner in the pursuit of developing the Wildwood Commerce Park at Interstate 77's Exit 19 — the regional solid waste authority.

    Both groups — Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and Carroll-Galax-Grayson Solid Waste Authority — met at Countryside restaurant in separate meetings Thursday to have breakfast and vote on motions to collaborate in an economic development project.

  • Carroll County rallies past Tazewell 3-2

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth off of fireballing Tazewell lefthander Zak Wasilewski and held on for a 3-2 win in the Southwest District baseball tournament semifinals Tuesday at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Reavis to play football at Emory

     HILLSVILLE -- It’s always pretty much seemed like a given that Tyler Reavis would be playing something, somewhere, once he graduated from high school.

  • Tide peppers Narrows, 12-0

    MAX MEADOWS -- Some basketball teams aren’t this proficient shooting free throws. Galax attempted 22 shots on goal and connected on 12 of them, thoroughly dismantling Narrows 12-0 in a Mountain Empire District tournament semifinal Tuesday at Fort Chiswell High School. The top-seeded Maroon Tide (10-5-1) advanced to Thursday’s championship match against No.

  • Junior clinic, City Championship headlinr GMGC June events

    Galax Municipal Golf Course will host two special events during the month of June, beginning with a junior clinic and followed by the Galax City Championship. The junior clinic will be June 14-17, and any boy or girl under the age of 15 is invited to attend. The clinic will cover all phases of the game, including putting, chipping, driving and fairway woods.

  • Emily’s Wagon rolls on

    HILLSVILLE -- Living our daily lives and going about dealing with our daily challenges, it’s not terribly difficult to let slip from our minds one of the most powerful and most meaningful characteristics of the mountain community. In communities like this, if you don’t know someone, you know someone who does. And in communities like this, when one stumbles, a thousand hands are extended.