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Today's News

  • Driver charged with felony hit-and-run

    HILLSVILLE — An alleged hit-and-run driver on Interstate 77 faces felony charges after striking a tractor-trailer near the 11 mile marker and leaving the scene Sunday.
    Virginia State Police Trooper Bryan Phipps was able to get the at-fault driver — identified as Tommy Mack Small, 57, of North Augusta, S.C. — to pull off onto Exit 8.

  • Driverless vehicle wreaks havoc

    A car without a driver struck two vehicles after its driver left it unattended.
    The incident occurred July 22 around noon, in the westbound lanes of East Stuart Drive between Country Club Lane and Woodview Drive, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.
    A 1997 Plymouth Breeze operated by Ronald G. Witt, 39, of Pulaski, became disabled and the driver parked the car against a guardrail and left on foot.

  • Fire destroys trailer

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Fire Department volunteers responded to a fire in a mobile home court off Virginia 100 in Hillsville at about 3:15 Tuesday morning.

    Neighbors reported the trailer had been mostly consumed at the time. They thought that the occupants of the mobile home were still moving in at the time.

    With help from Laurel Fork Fire Department, emergency personnel put out the blaze, remaining on scene for more than an hour.

    The owner of the trailer is Emory Bearden, HFD members said. The names of the people moving in were not known.

  • 2010 Youth Winners @ Galax Fiddlers' Convention

    75th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention
    Youth Competition Winners — 2010

  • Convention registration rises again this year

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention has increased for the third year in a row, rising from 1,905 last year to 2,004.
    Until 2008, the convention had been experiencing a five-year slump.

  • Joe Wilson to explore roots of traditional music

    In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is hosting a retrospective featuring photographs, news clippings and other memorabilia pertaining to the convention.

  • Sweet sentencing delayed

    INDEPENDENCE — A sentencing hearing has been delayed for a Galax man convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
    Freddie Lee Sweet Jr., 67, was found guilty of both charges at a jury trial earlier this summer in Grayson County Circuit Court.

  • Carroll thanks USDA-Rural Development for funding

    HILLSVILLE — Almost $86 million in federal funding from Rural Development is something to celebrate, but there was a blank where the money for Carroll County Public School's Phase III was expected to be.
    Carroll County officials declared Aug. 6 USDA-Rural Development Celebration Day, and they invited 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) and Cheryl Cook, deputy undersecretary of USDA, to be the main speakers.

  • Convention defined by rich past, bright future

    In three-quarters of a century, the annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention has grown into a weeklong event that draws thousands of tourists from all over the country to Galax.
    It has become an American institution; a means of preserving and promoting bluegrass and old-time music.
    The Galax Moose Lodge works hard every year to put on the event and it’s a beloved part of summer for music fans and people who use the event as an enormous family or class reunion.

  • Police seize 144 pot plants