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Today's News

  • Armed robbery suspect arrested — twice

    Police arrested an armed robbery suspect twice for the same crime this week, after the sheriff’s department was unable to get felony warrants placed against him the first time.
    Hunter Wayne Dixon, 18, of Grammar Lane in Galax, is now in custody again, and charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, for allegedly pulling a gun on a teenager in a Dec. 31 incident.

  • Tractor trailer causes multiple wrecks on I-77

    Local rescue squads, fire departments and police aided Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad after a series of accidents on Interstate 77 last Saturday.
    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, a total of 15 vehicles, two of them tractor trailers, were involved in seven separate accidents, said a representative of Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad.
    "From what we could determine, the cause was a tractor trailer that lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned," said First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.

  • Electric bill scam targets Hispanic community

    The Galax Police Department has received reports of a scam targeting the Hispanic community.
    According to a police report, several Spanish-speaking citizens have reported receiving phone calls from subjects stating that their AEP electricity bill is overdue.
    “They are asking citizens to go to Walmart and purchase a prepaid card and call them back with the information to pay their electric bill,” the report said. “This is a scam. Always pay utility bills as you would any other time.”

  • Galax getting new Dollar General store

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Galax is set to get a second Dollar General Store, and grading work for the site has already begun on South Main Street.
    Recently, a former restaurant building and a car wash were torn down on South Main, making way for the new store.
    Dollar General’s public relations manager, Crystal Ghassemi, says that the new store will open in the spring.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker confirmed the plans for Dollar General, but noted that construction is still in its early stages.

  • Red Cross director retiring after 23 years

    Maybe Joan Isom can go back to enjoying snow again after the New Year arrives, instead of fearing the worst of traffic snarls happening on Interstate 77.
    In the past, Isom — as executive director for the Woods River Chapter of the American Red Cross and as the manager for disaster services — had been responsible for finding places for the stranded motorists to stay if the interstate got shut down and if their vehicles broke down.

  • Localities could win their jail gambit

    It’s about time someone turned the tables on the state.
    Lawmakers and the governor for the last few years have shifted costs onto localities while reducing state funding.
    It was almost certainly with some small amount of pleasure, then, that several New River Valley communities said enough is enough.
    Carroll and Grayson counties are among the New River Valley Regional Jail Authority’s member localities, along with the city of Radford and the counties of Pulaski, Giles, Wythe, Bland and Floyd.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/31/12

    Idiots on the road

  • Hate to break it to you 2012, but your 15 minutes are up

     In Wednesday’s paper I’ll have a look back at what was a pretty good 2012. For the next-to-last sports page of this year, let’s take a look forward.

    There is 365 days’ worth of stuff to anticipate in 2013, and though we have no idea what most of it will be, there is quite a bit that we do know will happen, and some of that will begin happening as early as the second day of the new year.

  • Carroll County girls shut down Magna Vista

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County held Magna Vista to 11 points over the final three quarters and pounded the Warriors 50-24 in a nondistrict girls’ game Friday.

    The Cavaliers (6-4) led 17-13 after the first quarter and blanked Magna Vista in the second period to take a 31-13 halftime lead.

    Ten different Cavaliers found their way into the scoring column, led by Machala Hash’s 12 points.

     

    Magna Vista..........13    0    4  7––24

  • Patrick spoils Galax comeback

    SPARTA, N.C. –– It’s not exactly the halfway point of the season, but with district play looming, the Christmas break marks the point between when a team needs to get better and when it ought to be better.

    If Thursday is any indication, Galax is a lot closer to the latter than the former.

    Facing what has traditionally been one of the stronger programs in Region IV, the Maroon Tide overcame a double-digit Patrick County advantage in the fourth quarter to briefly take the lead, only to fall 54-49 at Alleghany High School.