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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 11/14/16

    Good ole Tabitha
    Somewhere in Galax there is a utility locator employee named Tabitha. She gave me a jump when my old pickup died and I hope her boss knows what a good-hearted employee they have.

    For the public

  • Fire departments battle blaze in Fries

    FRIES — The Fries and Galax fire departments were dispatched to a brush and outbuilding fire in Fries last Wednesday morning, when a trash burn from the night before rekindled the next day.

    According to a statement from Fries Fire Assistant Chief Jimmy Underwood, the departments were dispatched to Twin Pond Lane at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 9.

    At the scene, the departments extinguished the fire that covered roughly two acres of land, as well as an outbuilding on the property. They were on scene for around an hour and a half.

  • Vets honored at memorial

    A Veterans Day ceremony was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial in Galax on Nov. 11, featuring American Legion Post #245, the Galax JROTC unit and color guard and the Galax High School Band.

    The memorial is located next to the Galax Public Library.

    Prior to the ceremony, the band played a selection of music as the crowd gathered. The JROTC presented colors and the band played the “National Anthem” while the crowd saluted or placed their hands over their hearts.

  • Police: man attacks family with pepper spray

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was arrested after reportedly attacking relatives with pepper spray at their home, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Michael “Smurf” Haynes, 41, was arrested Nov. 6 at his home in Galax, and charged with two counts of simple assault and one charge of burglary, according to the New River Valley Regional Jail database.

  • Galax church opens arms to everyone

    Daniel Harrison, pastor of Hearts United Church in Galax, wants people to know that the storefront worship center is open.

    Way open.

    The church is an offshoot of the Hearts United movement, wherein Hispanic, black and white churches came together this summer to push racial hatred and dissent aside in favor of praise and a healing dose of Christ’s love. Hearts United Church goes even further, as the homemade paper banner hanging its window states: “All welcome here: Immigrants, Muslims, LGBT, People of Color.”

  • Sheriffs say deputy pay qualifies for food stamps

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is requesting that the General Assembly and governor address the salary disparity that exists in sheriffs’ offices across the Commonwealth, according to a news release from the association.

  • Holidays a time to heal after stressful year

    By the time you read this, the giant, pulsing dark cloud of this year’s election will have finally passed over us… and I, for one, am looking forward to remembering what conversations were like before it happened.

    As usual, I am writing this column on a Sunday night, the eve of my Monday deadline for this paper — before the election — and when future me reads this in print later in the week, I just want to say to her: “At least it’s over.”

  • REMEMBER WHEN: Nov. 6-12

     

     

    2011

    *After weeks of growing anticipation, in a game previewed on the front page of The Roanoke Times, Grayson County and Galax met on the final night of the season for the first time ever, with 9-0 records, and the Maroon Tide came away with a 21-6 win.

    *Carroll County gave up an early touchdown and responded with 48 unanswered points to close its season with a 48-6 win over Patrick County. Logan Hodges ran for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

     

  • Playoff notes: This, that and whatnot

    Ten games down, five to go.

    The football season is only two-thirds of the way completed for 12 teams in the state, and tonight, we start to find out which 12 will play for one of Virginia’s six state championships on Dec. 10.

  • Title defense begins for Galax

    There will always be those who argue that football teams with losing records do not belong in the postseason.

    As long as more than 60 percent of the teams in the state reach the playoffs, the law of averages dictates that they can’t all be 5-5 or better. But more importantly, Honaker got here by way of a Week 10 win as much as somebody else’s loss, so the Tigers deserve to keep playing just as much as anybody else.