Today's News

  • Mandolin players break world record in Galax (with video)

    For an hour, Danny Knicely quietly lurked around the registration table, often strumming on his mandolin or stopping to talk to old friends. But unlike the more than 300 other mandolin carriers at Felts Park on Tuesday afternoon, Knicely wasn’t wearing a numbered sticker.
    Then suddenly, he darted into a short line. Seconds later, he waved to a cheering crowd, wearing the number 384.

  • Dona Cox celebrates a century


    Dona Cox of Independence reached a milestone that many people never reach in their lifetime – she celebrated her 100th birthday on June 12 with a party attended by her many friends and family at the Log House Restaurant in Wytheville.
    During her lifetime, she has observed history in the making.
    When she was born in Macon, Ga., William Howard Taft was president of the United States.

  • Crooked Road could become heritage area

    The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail has been working for two years with federal officials on a proposal to designate the trail region’s 19 counties, four cities and more than 50 towns) as a National Heritage Area.
    The City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson Counties are in The Crooked Road region, and there are several local music venues on the trail, like the Rex Theater and the Blue Ridge Music Center; as well as events such as the upcoming Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

  • Disaster assistance approved for Virginia

    RICHMOND — FEMA has approved federal disaster assistance for Virginia to help Carroll County and 61 other local governments and the state recover from the severe storms and straight-line winds on June 29-July 1.
    Governor Bob McDonnell requested federal aid through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which reimburses local and state governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

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  • Chief: hiring panels offer unbiased opinions

    HILLSVILLE  — Typically, the only cost to a locality that asks the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police for hiring help amounts to a meal for the advisory panel, according to a local official who has served on one.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, who is president of the state chiefs’ association, has served on the kind of advisory panels that Hillsville Town Council members discussed at their meeting July 23.

  • Local crops resisting drought

    HILLSVILLE — People making jack-o-lanterns this fall may end up carving pumpkins from Southwestern Virginia, due to the drought disrupting crops over much of the United States, according to information from state agriculture officials.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that nearly 1,300 counties, many of them in the grain-producing Midwest, have declared disasters. Meanwhile, a number of severe thunderstorms have caused their own brand of damage, but they also brought rain totals up for the Twin Counties.

  • Pit bull uplifts owner, knocks down stereotypes

    After several falls that resulted in two major surgeries, Norma Jean Carico found the solution to prevent her from losing her balance.
    She trained her 2-year-old pit bull, Peanut, to become her assistance dog.
    Peanut is the love of her life. In fact, a necklace around her neck with Peanut’s picture on it is engraved with “True Unconditional Love.”

  • Allen, Kaine trade barbs at debate

    Virginia’s U.S. Senate candidates wasted little time igniting partisan fireworks in their first debate of the 2012 campaign season, setting the tone for a contentious contest in one of the country’s key political battlegrounds.
    Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine argued over tax and budget policies and accused each other of being excessively partisan during their clash at the Virginia Bar Association’s annual summer meeting last weekend.

  • New poll has Senate, presidential contests deadlocked in Va.

    Republican Mitt Romney has pulled into a dead heat with President Barack Obama in the battlegound state of Virginia, according to a new statewide poll released last week.
    Romney and Obama are tied at 44 percent in a survey conducted by Quinnipiac University. Obama led Romney by 5 percentage points in a June 7 Quinnipiac poll and by 8 points in a March survey.