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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Family's objection stalls bridge work

    Construction of a bridge over the New River to replace the Carico Memorial Bridge is continuing, but a problem has arisen over moving electrical lines.
    Michelle Earl, public relations spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said Monday that, since the bridge will cross the river, an environmental permit is required before Appalachian Power Co. can move the power lines.

  • Crossroads celebrates first 5 years

    “We had nothing but an idea,” said Crossroads Institute Executive Director Dr. Oliver McBride, whose organization celebrated its fifth anniversary on Monday at the renovated Lowe’s facility in Galax. “But the response to that idea was just overwhelming.”

  • Felts Park stage dedicated (with VIDEO)

    State and local officials gathered in front of thousands at the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention on Saturday night to celebrate the new addition of a permanent stage constructed in Felts Park in honor of the event's 75th anniversary.

  • Grayson to resume original tax schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson residents will once again have their entire real estate taxes due in December.
    Supervisors unanimously approved a change to the county’s tax collection ordinance after much discussion during the budget season.
    Prior to the 2009-10 budget year, supervisors approved a change to twice-a-year taxation to help offset cash flow problems.