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Today's News

  • Music center announces summer concert series

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Music Center will open its season on May 28, welcoming a weekly lineup of musicians to the venue for the 2016 Roots of American Music Concert Series. The season continues most Saturdays through September, and includes two fall heritage performances in October.

    The center at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway selects performers that carry on and interpret traditions of bluegrass, old-time, folk, gospel, Americana and country blues music.

  • Industrial vandalism case sent to grand jury

    Corey Dean Hodges’ case is set to go before a grand jury in Carroll County Circuit Court on June 20. Hodges is accused of vandalizing materials and equipment in the finishing tanks at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture’s Galax factory on Feb. 3, resulting in a weeklong plant shutdown and around a quarter million dollars in damage.

  • Scholarships opened doors for recipients

    Staff Report

    In the mid 1980s, a Galax School Board inquiry lead to a discovery that the ratio of the city’s high school graduates going on to college or another form of higher education was below both the national and state average.

    The board also found that this fact was significantly impacted by the financial limitations and expectations of parents and students.

  • Auto parts, cash taken in larceny

    The Galax Advance Auto was the subject of a crime last week, as employees discovered on April 14 when they came to open the business that, between closing and opening, someone had forcibly entered the business through a rear door, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that investigation revealed that the burglar alarm had been disabled. Once inside the store, the suspects stole about $4,000 worth of auto parts and cash.

  • Wired Road to expand broadband access

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Galax on Monday to announce that The Wired Road would receive a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant that will pay for connecting two existing broadband networks in the Twin Counties and providing internet access to more local residents.

    The governor said the project will remedy unreliable telecommunications in the area and expand broadband internet service to Wildwood Commerce Park, the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market and fairgrounds, the Carroll County Industrial Park, 30 existing businesses and approximately 140 households.

  • Readers' Hotlline 4/18/16

    Tiny print
    The people that publish the telephone book, are they the size of germs? They say it is larger print. It’s small print and you can’t even use a microscope or a magnifying glass to make it large enough so you can read it. I have 20/20 vision and I can’t read it.

    Rock rocks

  • Students learn rules of the road

    INDEPENDENCE — Sixteen years and three months: this is the minimum age requirement set by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver’s license, which makes 16 an age of important milestones for both teenagers and their parents.

    This is a time when students begin taking on important responsibilities for the safety of themselves and others, while parents simultaneously begin to step back and trust their kids to handle these responsibilities.

  • Police chase suspect to be evaluated

    HILLSVILLE – The Michigan man involved in an April 10 police chase in Hillsville now faces an additional charge and will be sent for an evaluation on his mental competency.

    Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich., was charged after a chase through Hillsville that resulted in the total loss of a Hillsville Police Department vehicle. After law enforcement met with Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, an additional felony charge of attempted malicious assault on a law enforcement officer was placed against Broderick on April 15.

  • Bauguess pleads guilty, receives reduced charge

    HILLSVILLE – A North Carolina man charged in a March 1 breaking and entering incident in Cana appeared in court on Friday and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge.

    Brandon Lee Bauguess, 37, of Ararat, N.C., was charged with breaking and entering and damaging property on March 1 after he allegedly threatened residents of a home in Cana with a hammer, according to police reports.

  • Grayson working to close budget gap

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials have spent long hours poring over their upcoming budget, finding creative ways to cover expenditures without sacrificing the main objectives and goals for the county.

    The budget will prove to be a challenge this year; after using a variety of strategies and resources, the county still has a deficit. Expected revenues for this budget total $19.6 million; while requested expenditures totaled $20.5 million.