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Today's News

  • Carroll schools honor Peddy

    The memory of Carolyn Peddy, a generous teacher who lost her battle with cancer, will live on at Oakland Elementary with Think Pink Day.

    Principal Junior Gentry and teacher Sheila Hommema came up with the idea to ensure that educators, parents and students wouldn't forget the quiet contributions that Peddy made during her time at Oakland.

    If Peddy saw one of her students wearing worn-out shoes, she'd find a suitable pair, put them in the child's cubby and point them out to the student as if someone else had left them, Hommema said.

  • GMS students learn about podcasting

    Galax Middle School students get a kick out of seeing their friends stand in front of the green screen, as they watch them take a “trip” on a computer monitor to Hollywood or China, using chroma key techniques and special software during a podcasting Focus class.

    They learned how to create podcasts, slideshows and video during a history lesson on the Civil War. One group delivered the news, acting as TV reporters Matt Lauer (6th grade student Charles Harris) and Katie Couric (Lexie Brown) while they interviewed Abraham Lincoln (David Ponce) about the subject.

  • Pilot relives first flight

    On a cool Saturday morning in April, more than 53 years ago, history was made for one young pilot and witnessed by only one other pair of eyes at the old Galax airport.

    The teen dubbed the “Youngest Pilot in Galax” at the time took to the air by accident, and showed his skill and resolve by coming back down to earth in one piece.

    On Aug. 8, Ted Hall — now 71 years old and living near Baltimore, Md. — realized a dream of recreating his first solo flight in a J-3 Cub.

  • Holiday DIY

    Paper artist Karen Poe of Hillsville says homemade gifts have saved her hundreds of dollars, and her friends and family have been raving about the personal gifts they receive from her each year—all it takes is paper.

    Sixteen years ago, a friend invited Poe to her home to make gift cards, and she's been doing it ever since.

    It started with cards, and now it's notepads, gift boxes, calendars and anything else she can think to do with paper.

  • Tastes of Home

    Soldiers on the battlefield keep in their hearts a reminder of what they're fighting for:

    God. Country. Freedom.

    Their sweetheart back home.

    And... biscuits and gravy?

    From the flight decks of aircraft carriers and the beaches of Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam and the deserts of Iraq, soldiers from Galax longed for a taste of home.

    Forget apple pie, that most patriotic of dishes.

    A Southern soldier's belly rumbles like a Sherman tank for pinto beans and corn bread, pork tenderloin and fried chicken.

  • GALAX CHRISTMAS PARADE 2009

    Photos from the Galax Christmas Parade on Dec. 4, 2009, by April Wright.

  • Dixon launches career with Tide

     Bill Sutherland swears Mark Dixon’s reference letter will not be showing up on eBay.

  • Carrico Bridge closed for repairs

    The Carrico Bridge on Virginia 94 in Grayson County was closed Thursday afternoon for emergency repairs.

    The bridge will be closed for several weeks due to the repairs.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation is dealing with a problem area found on the bridge. An inspection found that further repairs are necessary.

    Motorists and trucks can detour around the bridge by using Virginia routes 94 and 274.

    Local traffic traveling from Fries to Galax can use Virginia 606 and 721 across the low-water bridge to Glendale Road.

  • Carroll officials doubt construction cost claim

    WOODLAWN — The claim by financial advisors that school improvements wouldn't add to the Carroll County tax levy just didn't add up for county supervisors and school board members Wednesday.

    The Carroll School Board hosted a dinner meeting at Woodlawn School for the supervisors in order to share advice received from the financial team working on the project.

  • Fries seeks grant money

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is seeking funding from the Virginia Department of Health to complete a system-wide water improvement project on the town's water infrastructure.

    Town Manager Brian Reed spoke briefly to council before action was taken during a regular meeting March 2.

    Reed said the Lane Group — which is working with Fries on various projects — helped the town compile a list of everything that needs updating throughout the system.