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Today's News

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention begins Friday

     

    The 44th annual Fries Fiddlers' Convention begins Friday at 6 p.m.
    and continues Saturday at 3 p.m., beginning with the youth event.
    The convention will be held on the Fries Ball Park. Camping is available.

  • Education, with style

    CANA — Laid off from teaching cosmetology at Mitchell Community College, Peggy Haynes set out to style her own business.
    "I decided I need to create my own job," she explained to The Gazette. IStyle Hair Salon on U.S. 52 in Cana was the result.

  • Houston leaves pregnancy center

    Courtenay Houston (second from left) has resigned as executive director of the Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center to take a job with Carroll County schools and to study to become a teacher.

    Board members of the Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center recently wished her farewell and presented her with a gift certificate.

    The pregnancy center, a non-profit organization, was restarted in 2005 with a budget of $500. Since then, it has served 5,000 clients and  more than 400 babies.

    The center is supported by area churches and community donations.

  • Testerman graduates from banker school

    Hank M. Testerman, assistant vice president and managing officer of the East Galax office of Carter Bank & Trust, graduated Aug. 6 from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
    Testerman ranked in the top 10 percent of the 2010 class.
    Testerman is a native of Mouth of Wilson and a graduate of Grayson County High School.
    He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Organizational Management from Radford University.

  • Former Galax football coach dies of cancer

    Former Galax High School head football and baseball coach William G. “Bill” Bryant died Monday in Bristol, Tenn., after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
    Bryant was a sports standout at Emory & Henry College, where he was an all-American football player, standout baseball player and was inducted into the college’s sports Hall of Fame in 1971.
    He began his career as a coach and teacher at Galax High School in 1965.
    His Galax teams’ successes included multiple district championships and state runner-up honors.

  • Officer's hunch about car leads to suspect

    An officer's hunch and some thorough police work led police to a suspect in the Aug. 4  robbery of Woodforest National Bank inside of Walmart in Galax.
    Debra Lynn Graveley, 54, was arrested without incident Saturday at her home in Ivanhoe.

  • 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.