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Today's News

  • Speed limit petition quickly gains signatures

    Galax citizens are working together to express their frustrations over the recent change in speed limits throughout the city.
    Posts about an online petition have been circling on social media. The petition asks the city to reverse the speed limit changes on portions of U.S. 58 that were recently lowered to 35 mph from 45 mph. Other streets in the city, like West Stuart Drive, were lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.
    The petition was created last Wednesday, and by Friday afternoon it had already reached 156 signatures.

  • Funding needed for prison chaplain

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the recently established River North Ministry Council (RNMC) has made it their mission to install a prison chaplain at River North Correctional Facility by the day the first inmate arrives, but the biggest challenge facing the group is finding individuals and groups to pledge funding for the position.
    RNMC, including pastors and residents of the Twin Counties and surrounding areas, met Aug. 22 at Independence First United Methodist Church to elect an executive council and discuss other new developments.

  • Galax-Grayson EMS wins award

    Also: Governor names EMS chief to state advisory board

  • Thousands flock to flea market

    The annual Labor Day Gun Show & Flea Market was in full swing this weekend in Hillsville.

  • Urban archery season begins Sept. 7 in Galax

    The Galax Police Department is aiming to remind the public that its new urban archery season will begin Sept. 7.
    This action was voted on by Galax City Council earlier this year, in order to help control the overpopulation of deer in the area.
    The department’s public notice, issued last week, touched on important rules for the community to keep in mind when the season begins:
    • Deer hunting and/or the discharge of archery equipment on city property are prohibited.


  • A Tribute to Audrey Hash Ham

    by Walter T. Messick, Mouth of Wilson

  • 2013 PREVIEW - Galax looking at another deep run?

    Coming off of a 14-win, Division 1 state runner-up season in 2011, Galax lost what was probably the most athletically gifted – and certainly the most highly-decorated – senior class in its history.

  • 2013 PREVIEW - New field in place for old contender

    INDEPENDENCE –– Wrapping up a lengthy realignment process that culminates in the rollout of its new six-classification system this fall, the Virginia High School League has gone to great lengths to level the playing field.

    Grayson County High School has done so in a much more literal but not quite as far-reaching sense of the word.

    The Blue Devils won’t open the home portion of their schedule until Sept. 20, but when they do, they will trot out onto the re-graded, re-sodded and much more horizontal playing surface of Bill Strong Field.

  • 2013 PREVIEW - Tough slate awaits in Cavs' new home

    HILLSVILLE –– Just four times in the 14 years under the direction of Tom Hale has Carroll County finished a football season with a losing record. In those 14 seasons the Cavaliers have finished at .500 or better 10 times, which is once more than in the program’s first 29 years.

    But two of those four losing records have come in the past two years.

  • 2013 PREVIEW – VHSL goes under the knife

    You may not need to forget everything you ever knew about district, region and state alignment among Virginia’s public high schools. For those who have grown up around the old three-group system, which has been in place since 1970, it’s nigh on impossible anyway.

    But a new day is dawning in the Commonwealth as the Virginia High School League rolls out its shiny new 6A classification system this fall.

    One’s take on the whole thing depends largely on what colors one wears.