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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 4/8/13

    Lights on
    I’m calling about the fog in Fancy Gap and Galax and everywhere else around. It is a law in Virginia to have your lights on and there are a lot of cars that don’t drive with their lights on in the rain and the fog. If the police would start ticketing them, maybe we wouldn’t have so many wrecks.

    Show of respect

  • Surprise snowstorm leads to 67 wrecks

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Local police officers were busy on the roads during the surprise snow storm that shocked the Twin Counties last Thursday afternoon.
    No one saw it coming, not even meteorologists, and no one was prepared to drive on the slick, slushy roads on April 4.
    According to every forecast, the worst everyone was expecting was a little rain, maybe some sleet.

  • Church Sisters join Galax musical community

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Church Sisters, a bluegrass gospel group from Danville, are picking up and moving to Galax to further their music career and become more involved with the local music scene.
    It all began in 2006, when aspiring singer Savannah Church entered a talent competition. “It was just me and my dad, who played guitar,” she said. “I didn’t make it in myself. I thought I was a good singer, but evidently not!”

  • HoustonFest 2013 set for May 3-4

    HoustonFest organizers have announced their lineup of top bluegrass, old-time and country performers that will play at this year’s HoustonFest, “A Celebration of Song and Service,” on May 3 and 4 at Felts Park in Galax, according to a news release for the event.

  • Ray Burnette and The Moonlighters secure place in Galax history

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Friends, family and fans gathered to celebrate with the members of Ray Burnette and the Moonlighters on March 30, as a display following the band’s history was unveiled at the Jeff Matthews Memorial Museum in Galax.
    Ray Burnette and the Moonlighters formed in the late 1960s and performed until the early 1980s.
    They were a variety band, “playing country, country rock, rockabilly, bluegrass, gospel or whatever people wanted to hear,” said drummer Jim Doane of Galax.

  • Laurel school office fills with smoke

    It appears a HVAC fan motor is to blame for filling the office at Laurel Elementary School up with smoke Friday afternoon.

    While the Hillsville Fire Department and Carroll Sheriff's Office personnel responded, teachers evacuated the students to the Laurel Rescue Squad building.

    School officials say that the students evacuated the building calmly.

  • Lawsuit filed in 2011 wreck on 77

     

    HILLSVILLE — A lawsuit filed in Carroll Circuit Court seeks $3.5 million in damages from the Virginia Department of Transportation, related to a March 2011 wreck blamed on high winds on Interstate 77.

  • Galax schools will offer raises, hire teachers

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Members of the Galax City Council discussed several upcoming changes at their March 25 meeting, including the school budget, the demolishing of a long-abandoned building next to the New River Trail access on West Stuart Drive and a golf cart ordinance allowing the recreational vehicles on certain roads.
    School Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the board with the 2013-014 school budget, which was balanced and included enough funds left over to cover several extra expenses.

  • Despite warnings, drivers didn't slow down in fog

    HILLSVILLE — Ramesh Sangheni said he and his family are lucky.
    The local hotel owner was driving south on Interstate 77 on Easter Sunday with his family when they were involved in a massive chain-reaction pileup of 97 vehicles that closed the highway for hours.
    His car was damaged but no one was hurt.
    “I thought I was going to die,” he said on Monday.

  • First responders reflect on deadly I-77 crash

    HILLSVILLE — More than 100 police, fire, medics, tow truck operators and road crews responded to the scene of the mass collision that killed three and injured around 30 more people unfortunate enough to be on fog-bound Interstate 77 on Easter Sunday afternoon.
    The incident hadn’t claimed any more lives as of press time on Wednesday, according to emergency officials.