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Today's News

  • Cavaliers end long dry spell

    HILLSVILLE –– In their one and only meeting last year, Galax and Carroll County swapped the lead 20 times before the Maroon Tide pulled away late to take its 16th straight win.

    Thursday, one lead change was all it took.

    Carroll County built a 10-point lead on its first bucket of the second quarter, eventually expanded its lead to 21 points and never allowed the Maroon Tide within 14 the rest of the way, taking a 48-31 nondistrict win in a noisy, energetic packed house.

  • Galax police warn of check scam

    If you've won a real prize, you will never have to pay a fee to claim it, police say.

  • Lions Clubs' vision for the future

    Eye-opening improvements have been made in vision screening technology over the years, and Twin County Lion’s Clubs see a need to upgrade their equipment.
    Obtaining the new digital technology made available by the Spot vision screening device means the clubs could move away from the “PhotoScreener” that uses Polaroid film and needs to take two pictures of the eyes.

  • Eminent domain makes citizen feel helpless

    By Sandra J. Felts, Woodlawn

  • Readers' Hotline 12/10/12

    Making spirits bright
    The Highland Camerata concert was phenomenal Friday night at Brush Creek Hall in Independence. When I closed my eyes I felt if I were in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the [Mormon Tabernacle], listening to the choir. If the Highland Camerata had just sung the Hallelujah Chorus, I would have been sure I had been transported to another place. Thanks to all the Camerata members. It was wonderful. Thank you for making spirits bright.

    Blame for debt

  • Reward offered for suspicous fire info

    FRIES — The owner of a building that burned down in October is offering a reward for information about the suspicious fire.
    The Virginia State Police and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the fire that occurred shortly before midnight on Oct. 28. The fire totally destroyed the old Stevens Creek School building at 205 Pine Ridge Lane in Fries. The damage was estimated at $100,000.

  • Bill would change electoral voting in Va.

    After a few densely populated localities turned the whole state blue in the 2012 presidential election, a state senator has submitted a proposal to the General Assembly to revamp the way Virginia’s electoral college votes are awarded.
    Many of the rural areas of the state turned red as most voters there, including those in Southwest Virginia and the Twin County area, supported Republican Mitt Romney in his bid to become the next president of the United States.

  • It's official: musicians set new world record

    Hundreds of who gathered in Galax this summer to play the most mandolins at once will be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Toys for Tots helping 1,038 local children

    The coordinators of the local Toys For Tots campaign are working to raise money and collect toys to serve 1,038 needy children in Galax, Carroll and Grayson this year.
    Bob Hines and Kendy Sawyer said they anticipated serving 500 children, but the need was greater than expected.
    On Wednesday, they bought a carload of toys at Roses department store in Galax, enough for 174 children from ages 0-3.

  • Delegate to fight for training center

    RICHMOND — While Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (R-6th District) has heard that other legislators will file bills to protect the state’s training centers from closing, she plans draft her own legislation to help the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville.
    Crockett-Stark represents Carroll County, where the facility for mentally and developmentally disabled residents is scheduled to close in 2018.