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Today's News

  • 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.

  • EMS could ask for help from localities

    Even though Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Service has been self-supporting for the past five years, Director Ron Passmore came before Galax City Council on Monday to make members aware that it could need the city's financial support once again.

  • History repeats: 'Courthouse Tragedy" play resurrected

    HILLSVILLE — The years have ticked by since March 14, 1912, that fateful day when five people at the Carroll County Courthouse were mortally wounded at the conclusion of the trial of Floyd Allen.
    Almost 100 years have passed since Allen — convicted of obstruction of justice and sentenced to jail — stood in the court and defied it.
    "Gentlemen, I ain’t a-goin'" was his oft-repeated phrase.

  • Grayson Highlands School should open by August

    INDEPENDENCE — If all goes as planned — though nothing has so far — the new Grayson Highlands School will open Aug. 9 for the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.
    Board members received the update on the school from Maintenance Supervisor Roy Anders during its regular meeting Monday night.

  • Local author plans book signings

    John Nunn will appear at two Galax book signings this weekend for the Galax history book he co-authored with his sister, Judith Nunn Alley.
    Nunn will sign copies of “Galax” at Snickerdoodles from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 122 S. Main St.; and at Magic Mart on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., 1077 E. Stuart Drive.
    The book includes more than 200 vintage images from the first 50 years of Galax, and is the most recent addition to the popular “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing.

  • Appalachian Power Co. gets far less of an increase than requested

    The Virginia State Corporation Commission has substantially reduced the base rate increase sought by Appalachian Power Co. in a ruling issued today that meets a legislative deadline.
    The ruling, in combination with a drop in a separate charge, will lower the average residential customer‘s monthly electric bill.

  • Sink or swim time for new restaurant

    HILLSVILLE — On the eve of the opening of Stingray's Restaurant, a roomful of employees took the plunge in a training session on the importance of customer service.
    When the new business opens in the Hickory Hills Shopping Center, possibly as soon as next week, it'll be sink-or-swim time for the 35 employees cast into the deep end of a challenging service industry.

    So the management — Michell Coffin and owner Aniello Palumbo — called in Stephanie Surrett of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance in order to successfully navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of the work.

  • Theatre guild holding auditions for musical

    The Galax Theatre Guild will hold auditions Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Galax for its upcoming production of the bluegrass/gospel musical play “Smoke on the Mountain.”
    “Smoke on the Mountain” — not to be confused with the annual state barbecue festival that takes place in Galax — is a hilarious musical was written by Connie Ray and conceived by Alan Bailey, with music by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick.