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Today's News

  • DiMaggio takes slingshot dragster win at Elk Creek nostalgia show

     ELK CREEK –– It looked like old times Aug. 28 at Elk Creek Dragway with the bleachers packed and the safety standing area filled up from starting line to finish line.

    The reason for the full house was the Charlie Overfelt Nostalgia Show, with more than three dozen nostalgia cars from New Jersey to Daytona Beach on hand for the big event. In the Slingshot Dragster finals, Mike DiMaggio of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. ran a 5.16 e.t. at 121 mph to top Tommy Jackson of Montvale, N.C., who posted a 5.17 e.t. at 122 mph.

  • New website tracks local happenings

    An updated community Web site designed by Professional Networks in Galax allows visitors to view a calendar of events, plan their vacation and get directions to area happenings.
    The site tcvaevents.com was launched in June 2007 and has averaged 17,000 hits per month, as planners view events happening in Grayson and Carroll counties and Galax.
    Individual events listed on the tcvaevents.com site are getting high rankings on Google search engine lists for their respective topics.

  • Math class teaches real world skills

    HILLSVILLE — Just back to school, fifth-grade math students at Hillsville Elementary practiced writing out “six to the fourth power” exponentially, and third graders estimated the money they would need and calculated the change they’d get back while buying school supplies.

  • Guynn driven to help national park

    In the midst of a depression in the 1930s and ‘40s, there wasn’t much recreation going on in Galax — except for visits to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    Many people went to Cumberland Knob — where the parkway began in 1935 — to grill, picnic and walk the trails because it was free and beautiful, Mary Guynn recalls.

  • Our Parkway: A Milepost-By-Milepost Tour

    Millions of people from across the United States visit the Blue Ridge Parkway each year, drawn by scenic views and the attractions that preserve America's rural past.

  • Parkway anniversary activities abound this weekend

    The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival will span three days, two main venues in two states and four local communities, as the National Park Service celebrates its most-visited park.

  • Center preserves music of the mountains

    The Blue Ridge Music Center started as an idea shortly after the 50th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1985, and has since brought thousands to its concerts, jams, exhibits and visitor center.

  • Hearing set for Oracle zoning appeal

    INDEPENDENCE — The Oracle Institute will have its appeal of a Grayson County Board of Supervisors' decision heard on Sept. 23.
    In June, the board denied a special use permit for a spiritual retreat center in the Wilson District. Oracle President Laura George contends that the permit was denied based on county officials' religious beliefs, not on legitimate criteria that can be considered.
    George has also filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the county, seeking $300,000 in damages.

  • Red Cross helping fire victims

    Red Cross disaster workers were called to an evening fire at The Pine Crest Apartments on South Main Street in Galax on Aug. 29 to assist families affected by the event.
    Sharon Burns of the Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross said the agency was alerted that seven families housed in the 13-unit complex were in need of shelter, food and clothing.
    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, the department sent five trucks and 30 firefighters to the call and found heavy fire showing from a single ground floor apartment.

  • Firearms charge results in 4-year sentence

    ABINGDON — A 63-year-old Troutdale man will spend four years of his life in a federal prison for possessing weapons as a convicted felon.
    Jerry Melvin Jenkins appeared in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on Aug. 30 after having entered a guilty plea to a single count of possessing firearms and ammunition.
    This comes after Jenkins had been previously "convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and while being an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance," according to the indictment.