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Today's News

  • Maynard, Irwin seek supervisor's seat in Wilson

    INDEPENDENCE — Only one Grayson County incumbent will face a challenger this year in the Nov. 3 general election.

    The race for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors pits Republican incumbent Mike Maynard against Democratic challenger Kate Irwin.

    Incumbent Elk Creek Supervisor Brenda Sutherland will run unopposed, as she seeks her first full term. She is serving a one-year term as a result of a special election in 2008.

  • Rooftop puts end to long waits

    Dozens of locals who are feeling the heavy blow of the economy have been sleeping overnight on Mondays in the cold air at the front steps of Rooftop of Virginia, hoping to be one of 10 clients each week to acquire emergency assistance funds to pay rent, water or electric bills or purchase fuel to heat their home.

    On Monday mornings, before the doors open at 8 a.m., 60 people who have fallen below the poverty line are already waiting outside of Rooftop's office on North Main Street in downtown Galax.

  • Hanes lays off workers in Galax

    Though not a mass layoff, Hanes in Galax has let go six employees as it prepares to sell its yarn manufacturing operations to Parkdale Mills, a yarn manufacturer based in Gastonia, N.C.

    Hanesbrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced last month that it would stop making its own yarn and turn that operation over to Parkdale, which operates a plant in Hillsville.

    Parkdale will take over operations of the Hanesbrands yarn plant on Glendale Road in Galax, as well as plants in Rabun Gap, Ga., and Mountain City, Tenn., which have a combined 780 employees.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 20

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on 27 charges last Friday.

    Charges ranged from a third DWI offense in 10 years to assault of a police officer.

    Indictments included:

    • Jassen Allen Jones — practice profession after license suspension.

    • Jeffery Lee Kilby — possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

    • Marcia Lee Williams — DWI (third offense in 10 years).

    • James Edward Clyburn — communicate threat in writing at school.

  • Ferguson pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a death caused by a drug overdose and will spend the next eight years in prison.

    Daniel Laymond Ferguson, of 340 Grayson Street in Fries, pleaded guilty Friday morning in Grayson County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree murder and one count of distributing a Schedule II drug to a minor.

    The charges stemmed from the November 2008 death of Zachary Dale Towler, 17, of 328 Grayson Street in Fries.

  • Tide, Bears seek good finish

    Galax and Bland County aren’t particularly huge rivals on the football field.

  • RipTide travels to USA Swim meet

    The Galax Rip Tide went to its first USA swim meet of the 2009-10 season on Oct. 24-25 at the Gator Halloween Classic in Roanoke, hosted by the Virginia Gators Swim Team.  In the morning session on Saturday, Savanna Lumpkin started things off right in the 100-meter individual medley by earning her first-ever B motivational time for USA Swimming for girls 10-under in the girls’ 9-year-old division.

  • Galax picks up first MED win

     BASTIAN -- Galax sophomore Jordan Vaughan carried 25 times for 185 yards and Galax used a quick start to roll past Bland County 20-6 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

  • Tide boys, Devil girls win MED

    HILLSVILLE -- For the 19th time in its 21 years of existence, Galax won the Mountain Empire District boys’ cross country championship, placing four runners among the top five on a bright sunny day Wednesday at the Southwest Virginia Training Center. The title was the third straight for the Maroon Tide, which was led by individual champion Travis Cockerham, who posted a winning time of 18 minutes, two seconds to outrun Grayson County’s Jimmy Oli

  • Grayson blasts Green Wave

    INDEPENDENCE -- Three games ago, it seemed as if Grayson County couldn’t buy a win.