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Today's News

  • Music center now open

    The Blue Ridge Music Center will open on Saturday, and live music at the amphitheater will begin on May 28.

    The center on the Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates Virginia’s mountain music heritage with exhibits, concerts, presentations and daily musical performances.

    The summer concert series for 2010 will include a special weekend of performances celebrating the parkway's 75th anniversary in September.

  • McDonnell nixes police prayer policy

    To the delight of some faith groups and the dismay of other activists, a Virginia State Police directive that instructed chaplains to deliver nonsectarian public prayers when representing the law enforcement agency was rescinded at the behest of Gov. Bob McDonnell.

    That reversal on Wednesday enables troopers who serve as chaplains — a volunteer aspect of their job — to deliver faith-specific prayers at government-sanctioned public events.

  • Cana man charged with robbing 'Thelma Lou'

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Fans of The Andy Griffith Show will see the irony right off: "Thelma Lou" became the victim of robbery April 25 in the city that inspired the bucolic television town of Mayberry.

    Mount Airy police have charged a 45-year-old Cana man, identified as Shirley Walter Guynn, in the case.

    The victim in the case was Betty Lou Lynn of Mount Airy, according to the police report.

  • Galax man dies in motorcycle accident Friday

     An 18-year-old Galax man died at the scene of a Friday motorcycle accident on Virginia 722, according to a Virginia State Police report.

    The two-vehicle accident involved Houston Kyle Caldwell, who was driving a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle at about 8:24 p.m., less than a half mile from Virginia 791, when he attempted to pass another vehicle on a double solid yellow line, according to the report.

    While passing the other vehicle heading east, Caldwell met a 1996 Ford Taurus going west, the report states.

  • Walmart shooter dies, victim improves

    UPDATED 5/6/10

    Rita Carico, 57, of Galax, was in good condition Monday at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, after being shot in the face and chest while working in the dairy section at Walmart on Saturday night, according to a spokesperson at the hospital.

    A.G. Anderson, who police say shot the Walmart employee and then turned the gun on himself, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said the department received the 911 call at 9:54 on Saturday evening, saying there was an active shooter at Walmart.

  • Emergency volunteers' needs must be addressed

    HILLSVILLE — Included among the missions and goals of Carroll's Emergency Services Board, one member wants to see more of the volunteers' problems solved.

    Members of the advisory board spent considerable time at their April 22 called meeting poring over a mission statement requested by the county supervisors, but Markel Cochran believed the proposal did not address concerns he's heard from volunteers.

    "This is good," Cochran reacted after hearing the proposed goals and objectives. "You've put a lot of work into it, and it's a waste of time."

  • Galax candidates participate in forum

    A “Get to Know Your City Council” candidate forum held last Wednesday at the Crossroads Institute allowed attendees to become more informed on the issues facing the city and prepared voters for Tuesday's election.

    City council candidates spoke about their backgrounds, and answered questions that were submitted ahead of time.

    Among the candidates are incumbents C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene, John Garner and Derrick Davis and newcomer and downtown business owner Margaret “Margo” Crouse.

    Election day is Tuesday.

    The Candidates

  • Who's on the ballot Tuesday?

    Polls open Tuesday in municipal elections across the Twin Counties.

    Five candidates will vie to fill four slots on Galax City Council, and the race in Hillsville is between Frieda Jessup and Billy Walls Sr. for the Sulphur Springs Ward on town council.

    There are just enough candidates to fill spots on Independence and Fries town councils.

  • Benefits take off at airport

    The economic impact of having an airport must be somewhat like flying through fog — sometimes it’s hard to see.

    But the recent award of the massive earth moving project to create the runway safe area can bring the impact of the Twin County Airport into sharper focus.

    Take, for example, the low bid supplied by local contractor Sowers Construction of a little less than $700,000 to grade the area around the runway into a flat surface.

  • Bond set for drug suspect

    HILLSVILLE — Prosecutors objected to granting bond for a man suspected of leaving the scene of an April 15 drug sting and leading police on a 15-minute chase, but a Carroll Circuit Court judge granted a $200,000 bond Thursday.

    That doubled bond for Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, of Galax, from what had been set in general district court.