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Today's News

  • Folklorist digs deep into the origins of 'Hillbilly Music'

    There's no short answer to explain how “hillbillies” invented American music, local music historian Joe Wilson told a crowd at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts during the first of several lectures at the school.
    It's “all the pieces of the truth that fit together” — and about an hour of lecture time — that allows him to tell the story of where hillbilly music came from.

  • Woodlawn School showing its age

    WOODLAWN — Carroll County’s oldest school got a little more decrepit during the summer. Educators plan to abandon the facility within a couple of years.
    Woodlawn School displays, on close inspection, a growing number of infirmities of age.
    That’s one of the reasons Carroll educators chose to leave it out of Phase III school improvements as they prepare to shift students there to another facility.

  • AG: Police can investigate immigration status in Virginia

    Much like their counterparts in Arizona, Virginia police can investigate the immigration status of people they detain or arrest, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a recent legal opinion.
    This ruling could be of particular interest to police in the Twin Counties, which has a large Hispanic population.
    According to Weldon Cooper at the University of Virginia, Galax has the third-highest Hispanic population (per capita) in Virginia, close to 16 percent.

  • Grayson Highlands open at last

    An open house and ribbon cutting was held at the new Grayson Highlands School in the Grant community Aug. 3, giving students, parents and members of the community the opportunity to tour the new facility.
    School Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas said this was the first new school built in the Wilson District since 1930.

  • GALAX OLD FIDDLERS' CONVENTION 2010 WINNERS (WITH VIDEO)

    CLICK THE LINK AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF FIRST-PLACE BLUEGRASS BAND HOUSTON DRIVE OF HILLSVILLE.

  • Warriors no easy opener

     RIDGEWAY –– It could have been better, it could have been worse. All in all, it was about what Galax coach Mark Dixon expected.

    Although the final tally sheet showed a somewhat misleading five Magna Vista touchdowns to none for Galax, the Maroon Tide (3-7 last season) held its own for the better part of the two-team friendly against last year’s Region IV Division 4 runner-up.

  • Grayson wins state

     YORKTOWN –– Grayson County  captured its first ever state title in Little League fastpitch softball recently with a 7-1 win over McLean in the 10-11 division at the York County Sports Complex.  

    Grayson County entered the week-long event as the District 1 champion and began pool play against Northhampton on July 16.

    Kassie Hawks and Jenna Holdaway combined to pitch a perfect game, while Grayson hitters rolled up 13 runs with Emily Hart leading the way with a 3-for-3 game at the plate in a 13-0 victory.

  • Elk Creek hosts Junior Dragster Summer Nationals

     ELK CREEK –– The Junior Dragster Summer Nationals, presented by Bales Tool Co., headlined what turned out to be a fantastic weekend of racing at Elk Creek Dragway.

    Jason Halsey of Independence drove his dragster to a final round 7.96 e.t. at 68 mph to win the title over fellow Independence drive Corey Pack, who posted a 9.26 e.t. at 63 mph.

  • Galax Police report busy week

    At least four people were arrested through Thursday during the week of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.
    Aug. 7, Miranda Mario Cruz, 32, of Woodlawn was arrested by Galax Police Officer Jason Hawks and charged with DUI, reckless driving and possession of a firearm by an undocumented alien.

  • McDonnell: give State Police immigration authority

    Some members of the Virginia State Police could enforce immigration laws and play a role in the deportation of illegal aliens if federal officials grant a request for that authority from Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    McDonnell announced last Thursday that he has formally asked the Department of Homeland Security for a 287(g) agreement, named for a section of federal law that permits some immigration powers to be given to state and local police departments.