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Today's News

  • Fire causes minimal damage at Vaughan-Bassett

    Staff Reports

    A minor fire at the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture plant in Galax on Aug. 3 resulted in minimal damage, said Galax Fire 1st Lt. Therron Billings, who was in charge of the scene.

    The firefighters were summoned at 5:27 p.m., when a small fire was reported in the finishing room of the plant, said Billings. By the time the fire department arrived shortly thereafter, workers had already extinguished it.

  • Prep Classic raises curtain

    DRAPER –– It’s official: the 2015-16 high school sports season is underway. And has been the case in recent years, the first taste of competition for the three area high schools has been the Draper Valley Prep Classic.

  • Oscar Hall has seen it all in 50 years at convention

    Copyright 2015, WVTF Public Radio

    Reprinted with permission

    The 80th Old Fiddlers’ Convention is going on in Galax this week. For most of the people in Felts Park, it’s a vacation and a celebration, but for members of the Galax Moose Lodge, it’s a lot of work and an important fundraiser – and one lodge member has been among the Moose managing the convention for half a century.

  • City Gallery celebrates 10 years

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    A little more than 10 years ago, the interest and ability pooled by a small group of artisans in Galax reached a tipping point.

    They agreed to share ownership in a storefront building downtown, and to invite other artists to join them in their retail venture.

  • Mandolin players shatter world record in Galax

    Describing the sound of 491 mandolins all playing the same song at the same time is almost impossible, though you can try:

    A choir of extremely cheerful angels.

    A thousand silver needles dipped in liquid sugar and dropped on a polished mirror.

    A very melodic rain hitting a perfectly smooth lake.

    (As one musician remarked to another afterwards, “I was afraid it would sound like a bunch of bumblebees trapped in a dryer.” Thankfully, he was wrong.)

  • Three charged in Fries assault

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Police have released more information regarding an altercation in a Fries parking lot that resulted in a subject being struck by a vehicle and flown to the hospital for injuries.

    Charged with assault in the incident are Danny Roger Shinault, 47; Richard Franklin Shinault, 42; and Trisha Lynn Wheeler, 27. All are from Fries.

  • Grayson school board to discuss superintendent hiring

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board is planning a busy week ahead, with a pair of meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

    The board will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10.

    On Aug. 11, the school board will have a special called meeting at 11 a.m. The only item on the agenda is a closed meeting to discuss applicants for the superintendent’s job.

  • Laurel crash results in one fatality

    LAUREL — An investigation continues after a single-vehicle rollover resulted in one fatality in the Laurel section of Carroll County early Wednesday.
    According to a report from Trooper C.H. Campbell, Virginia State Police received a call about 1:30 a.m., reporting a single-vehicle crash along Virginia 741 (Stoneman Road), 0.2 mile north of Virginia 739 (Porterfield Road).
    Campbell said that a 2007 Jeep Wrangler with three people ran off of the right side of the road and overturned in an embankment, ejecting a female passenger.

  • Old Tunes, New Talent: Youth Night at the Galax Fiddlers' Convention

    Young musicians took the stage in Felts Park on Monday for the convention’s annual Youth Night. Now in its 15th year, the night has grown into one of the most popular for the week-long music festival in Galax.

  • Two men injured, charged with assault

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — Two people have been charged with assault after an escalating argument led to physical violence and a subject being struck by a vehicle in a Fries parking lot.

    The investigation is ongoing, and police indicated that additional charges could result.

    According to a report from Sgt. Doug Carner of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, police and emergency response teams were called to the parking lot across from BB&T in Fries, based on reports of an assault involving multiple subjects.