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Today's News

  • Couple sentenced in ID theft case

    ROANOKE — An Elk Creek couple who admitted to stealing the identity of an elderly man for whom they provided in-home care were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke Monday.
    Robbie Kevin Poole, 50, and his wife, Kathryn Rebecca Poole, 58, each pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

  • Gold carts stolen, damaged

    Three juveniles from Alleghany County, N.C., face charges after three golf carts were damaged at Longview Golf Course last week.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call last Tuesday from golf course personnel, located off U.S. 58 near Baywood, reporting three golf carts missing.
    Vaughan said the carts were later found in a wooded area, all damaged. He said flashlights had also been taped to one of the carts.

  • Kohl, Adams reappointed to lead school board

    Ray Kohl was reappointed as chair of the Galax School Board, and Jim Adams was reappointed as vice chair, during the July 13 board meeting.    
    Board members also reappointed clerk Kara Graham and deputy clerks Rebecca Cardwell and Kathy Halsey; reappointed Donna Garland to the governor's school board and Stewart Merdian as alternate; and assigned Helen Kyle to attend the Virginia School Boards Association meeting.

  • 2010 Smoke On The Mountain Winners

    2010 Smoke On The Mountain
    Virginia State BBQ Championship Winners

    Grand Champion — Bubba Grills, Haddock, Ga.
    (Because this team has already won a place in next year's event, runners-up Killer Hogs of Olive Branch, Miss., will represent Galax and the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 2011 Memphis Barbecue Network world championship.)

    Whole Hog
    • Killer Hogs — 1st
    • Bubba Grills — 2nd

  • Airport runway project on schedule

    HILLSVILLE — Rarely has dirt seemed such a commodity for an airport, but Twin County Airport officials see progress on the horizon with each cubic yard moved.
    Unavoidable dust has rolled into the air during the recent heatwave as Sowers Construction pushes and scoops up 135,000 cubic yards of earth to fill holes in the federally mandated runway safe project.

  • Wildwood, Crossroads favored for funding

    Two Crossroads Institute-based projects seeking grants from the Virginia Tobacco Commission appear to have made their cases for financial assistance.
    Staff members made recommendations for the entire commission to consider grant awards later this month.
    They sifted through 24 requests for a total of $21.5 million in financial support for special projects. With an available balance of less than $8.3 million, the staff recommended no award for six requests, referred seven to other committees and simply tabled three.

  • Grants help Grayson 'go green'

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will go green with the help of $858,000 in greenbacks from the state.
    The funding will assist with a $1.2 million courthouse enhancement project that will make the government building a learning lab for advanced “green” technologies.
    According to a press release issued Thursday, the courthouse will be upgraded with energy-efficient equipment and technologies, thanks to two grants — $808,000 from the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy and $50,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

  • Work begins to replace Carico Bridge

    Work is underway at the closed Carico Bridge, off Virginia 94 in Grayson County.
    Following a recent pre-construction meeting between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the contractor, R. R. Dawson Bridge Co. of Lexington, Ky., workers began moving in equipment to the bridge site and started preliminary site work, such as grading, clearing and constructing an access road for workers.

  • Grayson Street to 'Groove' on Friday

    The second Groovin’ on Grayson cruise-in and concert series of the summer will be held  Friday with hundreds of antique and classic cars, motorcycles and antique farm equipment lining the streets of downtown Galax and live music at the outdoor Grayson Street stage with The Night Move Band.
    The Night Move Band of North Carolina performs R&B, beach, classic rock, funk, and country music and features four-part harmonies on many of the songs.

  • Relay for Life steps up this weekend

    The 2010 Relay For Life of Galax and Carroll County begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Carroll County High School football field.
    The survivors’ lap begins at 6:30 and registration begins at 5 at the survivors’ reception tent.
    A survivors’ meal will be served July 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the VFW Building in Hillsville.
    The event begins with a lap-walk in which all survivors are cheered on by well-wishers. Next is a lap in honor of those who have cared for loved ones who battled cancer.