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Today's News

  • Snead wins 4.99 class at Elk Creek

     ELK CREEK –– It was another exciting weekend of racing at Elk Creek Dragway, with a card that kicked off with the popular ATV race on Friday. Wayne Horton of Hillsville took the win with a final-round 12.93 e.t. at 42 mph. Travis Hash of Independence was in the runner-up spot with a 10.17 e.t. at 51 mph.

  • Con man went to church to prey

    MOORE COUNTY, N.C. — A man who scammed the pastor and congregation of a Galax church out of money with a made-up tale of woe could spend 36 years in prison.
    David Oneal Twitty, 46, visited the Assembly of God in Galax, pulling parishoners' heartstrings with his tried-and-true story of personal tragedy.

  • Galax downtown project nearing completion

    The City of Galax is beginning to see the pay-off of a $2.7 million downtown revitalization project that has spanned three years, as construction wraps up within the next couple of months.
    Between a Community Development Block Grant program, funded by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, city funds and contributions made by business owners, $2.7 million has been invested in downtown Galax.

  • Honeycutt Dam water project breaks ground

    Two long-standing community projects in Carroll County have reached milestones, leading to two celebrations of their progress and the federal funding that got them there.
    Residents in the Honeycutt Dam Road, once frustrated by years of delay on a public water project as their wells went dry, welcomed news of construction beginning at a groundbreaking on Monday.

  • Big event, but relatively uneventful

    Tens of thousands of musicians and fans of bluegrass and old-time music were in Galax last week, most packed into the confines of Felts Park, but police report that the crowd at the 75th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention was relatively peaceful.

  • Play traces Blue Ridge Parkway's origin

    HILLSVILLE — The bucolic origins of the Blue Ridge Parkway arise more from myth that from fact, playwright Frank Levering finds.
    When Levering put a play on the Cherry Orchard Theater's schedule, "Riders in the Sky," he admits he did so out of a sense of obligation.

  • Montgomery to serve 3 years

    ROANOKE — A Galax man indicted on two illegal drug charges last November received a three-year federal prison term in sentencing proceedings Monday.
    Timothy Matthew Montgomery was originally charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute.
    In March, he entered a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge, which carried with it a maximum penalty of a $2 million fine and 40 years in prison, according to the plea agreement.

  • Tuggle headed to Chile on mission trip

    An Elk Creek man will travel to Chile for about two weeks as part of a Gideon International Mission Trip.
    Ralph Tuggle — who will celebrate his 73rd birthday mid-flight during a trip that begins today, Friday — is one of 23 Gideons from the U.S., Australia and Finland traveling to Chile. The volunteers will work alongside 75 to 100 Chilean Gideons to place Bibles and scriptures there in different venues.

  • Joy Fest to feature balloons, Lookadoo

    HILLSVILLE — Things are looking up for Joy Ranch as the children's home approaches its 50th anniversary, says development coordinator Brent Carrick.
    Organizers have lots to celebrate at Joy Fest on Aug. 28, as the facility gets ready to kick off a commemoration of a half-century of operation.

  • Cavaliers hit the field

     HILLSVILLE –– During a conversation the day before Carroll County’s first scrimmage of the year, Cavalier coach Tom Hale expressed some real concerns about the inexperience of his offensive line.

    If Saturday’s go-round with Rural Retreat is any indication, progress is definitely being made.

    Carroll County moved the ball well on the ground, averaging a little less than seven yards per rushing attempt, as the two teams went at it for three hours on a cool, damp morning at Tommy Thompson Field.