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Today's News

  • John Vaughan, business and civic leader, passes away

    UPDATED 6/28/12: Furniture executive, former Galax mayor and community leader John B. Vaughan passed away on Monday at age 81.
    Born into the Vaughan Furniture dynasty, John Vaughan served 45 years with the Galax-based company and was involved in all facets of the business.
    Vaughan dedicated his business life to the company his father, Taylor G. Vaughan, founded in 1923, and committed his private life to serving his community, family and church.

  • Train your taste buds at BBQ judging school

    You can go from a casual barbecue fan to a professional judge after taking a one-day course during the Smoke On The Mountain state cook-off in July.
    The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual state championship barbeque contest will feature the judging school on July 19. The contest runs July 20-21 in downtown Galax.

  • Grayson names new school chief

    UPDATED 6/26/12:

  • Readers' Hotline 6/25/12

    Nice digs in Fries
    Congratulations to the Fries Fire Department for getting into your new firehouse. Just to let you guys know, it looks great, especially at night when you come around and everything is lit up and see all the nice equipment that you have. Job well done.

    Heat distress

  • South made Hillsville a better place to live

    For his 18 years as Hillsville town manager, Larry South clearly enjoyed working for his community.
    While South took his responsibilities seriously, he also engaged in them with characteristic good cheer — an attitude that will be missed when he departs the office this week.
    Willing to laugh at himself and shag in the imported beach sand at a downtown cruise-in when the occasion arose, South nonetheless delivered on many programs and policies during his unusually long term as the town’s chief administrator.

  • SCC sets new APCo fuel rate

    State regulators have approved Appalachian Power Co.’s request to increase the fee it charges customers to recover higher costs of coal and other fuel.
    The new fuel rate approved by the State Corporation Commission is 2.953 cents per kilowatt-hour, an increase of 0.756 cents per kilowatt-hour from the rate established by the SCC in 2010.
    For the average residential customer, the increase means the monthly bill for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity will increase $7.56, or approximately 7.2 percent.

  • Traffic stops keep sheriff's department going

    HILLSVILLE — Highway safety enforcement by Carroll deputies isn’t popular with motorists who get tickets out of it, but the fines generated provided a financial relief to the taxpayers.
    The financial windfall is a byproduct of trying to make Interstate 77 through Carroll County safer, but the revenues from the fines have proven popular enough with politicians.
    State officials tried to garnish a percentage of traffic enforcement in the budget process for fiscal year 2013.

  • Fireworks will go boom in June

    Galax’s Fourth of July fireworks will be held one night only — just not on July 4 as in past years.
    This year, fireworks will be held at 11 p.m. in Felts Park on Saturday, June 30, instead of July 4 as a result of scheduling conflicts and new state regulations.
    Each year, thousands of spectators gather in or near Felts Park on July 4 to watch fireworks fired off by Galax Volunteer Fire Department members.

  • CVS robbers arrested

    Brian Richard Sloppy, 32, of New Millport, Pa., and Renee Sue Lucas, 22, of Follansbee, W.Va., were arrested and charged on Sunday in connection with a robbery at CVS Pharmacy in Galax.
    Galax police were notified at about 3 p.m. on Sunday that an armed suspect, identified as Sloppy, entered the drug store on East Stuart Drive and gave a pharmacy technician a note that demanded Schedule II narcotics.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said that, although Lucas did not enter CVS, she was involved in planning the robbery. He could not comment further on her involvement.

  • Galax foundation awards scholarships

    The Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education recently awarded the following scholarships to Galax High School graduates for the 2011-2012 school year:
    • The Elizabeth Stanford Scholarship and The Twin County Community Hospital Foundation Scholarships Healthcare Field & Margie Vaughan — Chantasy Diontrae Cottrell
    • The Estate of Henry Lindsay Memorial Scholarship — Dante Lamar Ravanell
    • The Rose Thomas Smith Memorial Scholarship — Darius Juwan Brown