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Today's News

  • A celebration of song, service

    People often refer to the Twin Counties' collective pool of talent as a "family" of musicians, and at no time is that description more apt than when one of their own is in need.
    You see it all the time, when performers volunteer their time to play for benefits for those in bad health or who have lost their homes.

  • Backstage Pass to the Fiddlers' Convention

    It's good management, hard-working people and tons of planning that ensures the world's oldest and largest fiddlers' convention grows each year, as thousands of people pack Felts Park in Galax.  

  • HoustonFest will unite late musician's passions

     

    When 18-year-old banjo prodigy Houston Caldwell died in a motorcycle crash earlier this year, his loss was felt by the entire community.
    Gone too soon was a gifted musician, a born leader, a soldier, a firefighter, a brother and a son.
    But four months later, Houston's parents and friends in the traditional music world aren't mourning — they're celebrating his life by creating a legacy that unites his passions.

  • Crossroads changed these 3 students' lives

    PART 3 — THE STUDENTS
    When the Crossroads Institute opened in Galax in June 2005, among its objectives was giving Twin County residents easier access to rapidly expanding Wytheville Community College.
    In those five years, WCC at Crossroads enrollment has grown to approximately 700 full- and part-time students. This past year, 661 were in programs WCC offers exclusively at Crossroads.

  • Hazmat team examines Galax garbage truck

    HILLSVILLE — Emergency workers approached a Galax garbage truck with caution Tuesday after two city workers had health complaints.

  • 4 arrested on drug charges

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department arrested three individuals last week during its annual marijuana eradication. 

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a National Guard helicopter was used in the air search for marijuana plants and Virginia State Police assisted ground crews.
    Cole Allan Beynon, 49, of Troutdale, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Sawyers to serve 15 years

    ROANOKE — The first defendant to be sentenced, among several Twin County residents caught in a federal drug sting, has received 15 years in prison.

    Michael Samuel Sawyers of Galax was the first of five locals to be sentenced for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine.
    Sawyers appeared before Judge James Turk in the U.S. District Court Monday after entering a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge.

  • New Felts Park stage to be dedicated

     

    Construction crews met substantial completion of the new, permanent Felts Park stage a couple of weeks ago, and it is set to be dedicated on Saturday at 8 p.m. during the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention. After the annual Poor Man's Dinner, which includes visits from various politicians, state representatives and local leaders at the picnic shelter at Felts Park, officials will take a tour of the new stage, which was built in celebration of the convention's 75th anniversary.

  • Fiddlers' Convention Celebrates 75 Years

    No one remembers exactly who first suggested it, as members of the Galax Moose Lodge No. 733 sat around a coal stove in the old Matthews Hardware building in 1934, brainstorming ideas for a new fundraiser.
    At some point, five words signaled the beginning of an event that has become known worldwide — “Let’s try a musical program.”

  • Tide's best second best

     DRAPER –– Turning in a team total of 300 at Draper Valley would be good enough to win a state championship most years. But not on Mondays.

    Led by brothers Ryan and Jake Monday, Blacksburg obliterated the team scoring record and claimed its first championship in the fifth annual Draper Valley Prep Classic, held Monday at the par-72 Draper Valley Golf Club.

    The Bruins finished with a four-man total of 293, whacking 15 strokes off of the previous low team score of 308, set two years ago by Graham.