Today's News

  • Nichols, Adams marry

    Joseph Edward Adams and Holly Beth Nichols were joined in marriage Aug. 6 by the Rev. Sam Bartlett in a ceremony attended by son Cobey and immediate family.
    The ceremony took place in the rock gazebo overlooking the duck pond on the Virginia Tech campus.

    Adams is the son of Dick and Penny Adams of Galax.
    Nichols is the daughter of Gary and Kathy Nichols of Independence.
    The couple spent their honeymoon in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • She's one

    Taelynn Isabella Mundy celebrated her first birthday July 2 with a Winnie the Pooh party at Liddle Tykes Child Development Center. Her sisters Hope Gaynor and Timber Mundy helped her celebrate along with many special friends and family members.

    She is the daughter of Tammy L. Liddle and Tim L. Mundy of Woodlawn. Her Maternal grandparents are Brenda Liddle and Emory Bearden of Woodlawn and Charles Liddle of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Don and Mabelene Beverly of Cana. Her paternal great-grandmother is Ovela Easter of Cana.

  • Watson, Hunter marry

    Anna Carré Watson and Robert Clarke Hunter Jr. were married April 9, 2011, at 6 p.m., at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C.
    The Rev. Doctor Bruce Meyer officiated the ceremony.  A reception followed at the Poinsett Hotel.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Stephen Watson of Greenville. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neill Macaulay Perrin and Mrs. James Henry Watson and the late Mr. Watson of Greenville.

  • Laurel Fork fights fire

    LAUREL FORK — Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at 8062 Dugspur Road Aug. 26 at about 6:19 a.m.

    Laurel Fork Fire Department volunteers found smoke coming out of the eaves of the home, owned by Mark Bolt, according to information from the fire department. Firefighters made entry and knocked down the fire in the living room.

    Some of the fire got up into the attic.

  • Last section of Hillsville bypass officially opens


    HILLSVILLE — If a road can be beautiful, Branch Highways chief Will Karbach believes that the U.S. 58 Bypass at Hillsville is a prime example.

    Karbach joined with local and state officials Tuesday morning to celebrate the official opening of the $83 million, 5.2-mile four-lane that goes through the south side of town.

  • E-911 works to improve emergency dispatching

    HILLSVILLE — In a 12-month period, Twin County E-911 dispatchers received 25,000 calls, which turned into 44,000 dispatches for emergency responders and Galax police, according to Jolena Young.
    The regional 911 director shared information about the dispatching service with the Carroll Board of Supervisors at its August meeting.

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  • City faces state funding cuts

    The City of Galax is facing $33,425 in state budget cuts from the 2012 budget, and the police department will take the biggest hit — a $17,471 reduction.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker told city council members earlier this month that the reductions are being imposed on the city due to the state budget cuts made by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    The city was required to respond to the state by yesterday, Tuesday, about how it will address these cuts.

  • City seeking USDA grants

    Galax City Council has set a public hearing for its Sept. 12 meeting to receive comments on three grant funding requests from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    One grant would pay for the second year of three-year lease payments for the new Galax Police Department cruisers. The first-year and third-year payments are anticipated to come from drug asset forfeiture funds.
    The city generally receives $25,000 for this type of grant.
    The second grant application is to replace the Galax Recreation Center’s activity bus.

  • Testing benchmarks becoming unobtainable

    As standards continue to rise for Adequate Yearly Progress, the benchmarks are becoming more and more unobtainable, said Galax Schools’ Superintendent Bill Sturgill.
    “No Child Left Behind served as a great platform to encourage high expectations for schools,” said Sturgill. “But benchmarks of 100 percent are unrealistic... By design, No Child Left Behind has ran its course.”