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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 8/8/16

    Late for Sunday dinner
    I am calling in because of these people at church. When church service is over, you need to leave. These people just pull their car up next to each other and just chit chat, chit chat, chit chat. Meanwhile, cars are backing up behind them. They can’t get out of the parking lot. It’s great you want to talk to each other. It’s wonderful that you go to church to praise the Lord but please be considerate of people trying to get out of the church parking lot.

    Children watching

  • Documentary puts convention in spotlight

    Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic (aka the Semones sisters) had lived away from their hometown of Hillsville for quite some time when their childhood memories of the Blue Ridge Mountains inspired the idea for a documentary film.

    The film, titled “Fiddlin,” is in the editing phase of post-production and will be submitted to film festivals around the world in the coming months.

  • School board will appoint member to fill Carico's seat

    UPDATE:

  • Tree falls on car in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN – A fallen tree landed on a vehicle driven by a Galax women on the morning of Aug. 3 near Jones’ Nursery on U.S. 58. The accident occurred around 8:45 a.m., according to officers.

  • Grayson could use leftover funds to pay for child abuse prevention

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Board of Supervisors have received a request from Tony Isom, chairman of the Grayson County Community Policy Team, regarding a possible use of end-of-year local funds tied into the Children’s Services Act and the Department of Social Services.

    The proposal Isom presented to the board at its July meeting was to utilize end-of-year local funds for programs such as child abuse prevention.

  • Voters, educate yourselves

    It is now official: we have our nominees for what could easily be called one of the most controversial presidential elections in our history; and the “Race for the White House,” as CNN so eloquently puts it, has begun.

    What the candidates do between now and November will be crucial in determining who better earns the trust of the majority of the country; that is, if we pay close enough attention.

  • CCHS wins appeal in latest VHSL makeover
  • Defense could question Nofsinger's mental status

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON — The defense in Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr.’s federal child pornography case is considering seeking an evaluation for mental competence to stand trial, according to a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

    Nofsinger faces state charges of the capital murder of Anastasia Alley, 21 months old, and the first-degree murder of her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, on March 10 in Galax. They were found dead in their home.

  • Fiddlers' registration stabilizing, with more than 1,500 signed up

    The registration numbers are in for next week’s 81st Old Fiddlers Convention, showing slightly lower numbers overall but nothing shocking, according to members of the Galax Moose Lodge #2212, which has sponsored the event since the beginning.

    Contestants had until July 15 to register, except for Youth Night, in which contestants register at the event.

    “The registration was good as far as I’m concerned,” said Tom Jones of the Moose. “Most held their own and some increased.”

  • Advocate for transgender rights to speak to school board

    INDEPENDENCE ― Transgender rights activist Kristin Plenger will speak at the Grayson County School Board meeting Aug. 8, to address recent changes the board made to the school system’s policy regarding restroom use.