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Today's News

  • He's one

    Zandon Jax McCrary turned one on April 16. He celebrated his birthday April 17with an Elmo party at his home with family and friends. His parents are Jimmy McCrary and Megan Hayes.

    His grandparents are Alan and Jeanette Alderman and Billy and the late Tonya McCrary. His great-grandparents are the late Jane Warsham and the late Jack Marshall, Martin and Sue Alderman, Mary Ann and Bill Jones and the late Bill McCrary and Agnes McCrary.

  • Turns one

    Brayden Scott Ramey celebrated his first birthday July 23 with a ball-themed party at Felts Park in Galax with family and friends. He is the son of Brian Ramey and Carri Davis of Galax.

    His older sisters are Maci and Hallie Ramey. Grandparents are Paul and Gwen Sawyers of Fancy Gap, Barry and Teresa Davis of Dugspur and Lena Mae and the late Junior Ramey of Galax. Great-grandparents are James Davis of Galax, Annie Burcham of Woodlawn and Andy and Mamie Sawyers of Fancy Gap.

  • Hill celebrates milestone with 100th birthday Aug. 21

    Glayds McCraw Hill celebrated her 100th birthday this month.
    She was born Aug. 20, 1910, and married Troy Hill on Aug. 26, 1928.

    They have two daughters, Irene Sumner and Vera McGrady. She has four grandchildren, six great and one step great-grandchild; five great-great and two step great-great-grandchildren. She is oldest of three living siblings.
    Hill has always been active in church, farming, cooking for her family and baking for the family restaurant until the late 1980s.

  • Power line objection withdrawn

    The Virginia Marine Resource Commission has approved a permit for Appalachian Power Co. to move power lines in the area around the new bridge over the New River, replacing the old Carico Memorial Bridge in Grayson County.

  • Local escapee found in N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A 36-year-old Galax man who escaped custody at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department last Monday has been apprehended in Statesville, N.C.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Sylvester Monroe Jackson came to the sheriff’s office after a warrant for domestic violence was sworn out against him.
    Vaughan said Jackson was appearing before a video magistrate and, when the magistrate said there would be no bond, Jackson allegedly ran from the building.

  • Free Clinic to host fundraiser

    Volunteers, staff and patients of The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties will host the monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser at Applebee's in Galax on Saturday from 8-10 a.m.
    The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and drink for $5 per person. Take-outs are available.
    Last month, the breakfast fundraiser had the lowest number of attendees since it started.
    This is an opportunity to help people in need. One breakfast purchased will buy one prescription for one patient.

  • Deer feeding illegal as of Sept. 1

    Effective Sept. 1, it is illegal to feed deer statewide in Virginia.
    The annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January.
    This regulation does not restrict the planting of crops, such as corn and soybeans, wildlife food plots, and backyard or schoolyard habitats. It is intended to curb the artificial feeding of deer that leads to negative consequences, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

  • Renovations won't improve older spaces

    HILLSVILLE — Most of the funds for the Phase III schools construction project will go toward adding new spaces to Carroll Intermediate and High schools.
    Not much will be left over to improve the older spaces.
    Carroll School Board members seemed worried during a presentation at their Aug. 10 meeting that some important renovation work would be left out of the $26.7 million project.

  • Keeping us cool heats up AEP's profits

    Mike likes it hot.
    "Like most other reporting utilities this quarter, our best friend has been the weather," said Mike Morris, chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power.

    Morris spoke July 30 while discussing the utility's second quarter financial results. The three-month period ended June 30. AEP's subsidiaries include Appalachian Power Co., which serves Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

  • Most schools meet AYP targets

    It was a tough year for Virginia schools, as the state as a whole failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress targets for the 2009-10 school year, according to data released Aug. 12 by the Virginia Department of Education.
    No local school divisions met the criteria, either, though the majority of individual schools did in the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.