Today's News

  • Boyd joins 9th District race as independent

    Staff Report

    Janice Allen Boyd has announced her candidacy for the U.S. Congress 9th District seat.

    The district includes Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

    The independent candidate said she has “traveled over every major and minor road system and met thousands upon thousands of residents” personally to gather signatures on a petition to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot. In a news release, she thanked residents from Abingdon and Christiansburg who put her over the minimum 1,000 signatures she needed.

  • GHS student makes gift for firefighters as school project

    Brady White, now a senior at Galax High School, picked creating a wooden sign as a shop project in the school’s Career & Technical Education program during his junior year.

    The sign, which bears elements related to firefighting, is his gift to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. “I’m with the fire department,” said White. “I’m an Explorer. I knew the machine was here [at school], and I wanted to do something with it, and this was the first thing I thought of.

  • Factory vandalism trial delayed

    HILLSVILLE — Corey Dean Hodges’ criminal trial has been granted a continuance in the Carroll County Circuit Court; the Oct. 20 date has been changed to Dec. 12.

    Hodges was charged with destruction of property and statutory burglary after a Feb. 3 incident at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax.

  • Two charged in paving scam

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Two Fries men were recently arrested and charged with their alleged involvement in a scam business selling overpriced paving work to local citizens.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Timothy Hamilton, 45, and Jonathan Hamilton, 18, of 64 Honey Lane were taken into custody for obtaining money by false pretenses and contracting without a license.

  • Police: passenger grabs wheel, causes crash

    Staff Reports

    One passenger fled the scene of a single-vehicle accident Tuesday at 6:55 p.m. on Delhart Road and two others were transported for treatment of minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

  • Motorists often ignore bus safety

    INDEPENDENCE ― Last year, one bus driver for the Grayson County school system went to court five times to deal with offenses where drivers had passed the bus while it was stopped during a route.

    National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 17-21, and the Grayson County Public School system is reminding citizens about the importance of obeying traffic laws ― particularly in the case of loading and unloading students from school buses.

  • Independent candidate enters race for Congress

    Staff Report

    Kimberly Lowe of Brunswick County is running for the 9th Congressional District seat as an independent write-in candidate in the Nov. 8 election.

    The native Roanoker is a candidate in both the 5th and 9th Congressional districts.

  • Poll: Virginia voters still prefer Clinton

    Staff Report

    Hillary Clinton’s strong lead in Virginia over Donald Trump appears to be rooted solidly in voters’ opinions that she is more qualified to be president than Trump on temperament, experience and key issues, including military and foreign policy issues, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

  • Baywood to hold pumpkin festival Saturday

    Baywood Ruritan Club will host its 27th annual fall festival Oct. 1.

    There is no admission charge.

    Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at the Ruritan shelter. Bring a chair.

    The festival features live music, food, tumbling acrobats and more. There will be antique tractors and cars and a mule-drawn wagon offering rides.

    Apple butter will be made, and faces and pumpkins will be painted.

    The astronomy club will have telescopes for people to see. There will be a pet show and a petting zoo.

  • Readers Hotline 9/28/16

    One simple question
    I give the female race just a little more credit than this hypocrite on TV right now, Hillary Clinton. You want to talk about women getting proper money in the workplace and she is a fighter for women’s justice. Won’t you ask her one simple question? How come the women who have always worked for you make 75 cents on the dollar compared to the men that work for you? You are nothing but a hypocrite. Every day that goes by, she pulls back the covers on yet another one.

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