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Today's News

  • Closing arguments presented in McDonnell corruption case

    RICHMOND — A federal jury was to begin deliberating Tuesday on the fate of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who could face decades in prison if convicted on public corruption charges.

    For almost eight hours last Friday, the jury of seven men and five women heard passionate closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys in a trial that has captivated the state capital for five weeks.

    It is a historic spectacle: Never before has a Virginia governor gone on trial for conduct in office.

  • Feed truck crashes after being run off road

    Virginia State Police troopers assisted at a wreck on Kenmore Road in Carroll County on Aug. 27, when a vehicle was run off the road and overturned.

    Trooper Shane Kinney responded to a call to Kenmore, just off of Joy Ranch Road, to reports of a Southern States feed truck turned over in a ditch.

    The driver of the truck was Gary Dean Burks of Bedford. According to the police report, Burks was traveling on Kenmore when he was run off the road by an unidentified vehicle.

  • Vendors bring family traditions, fresh items to farmers' market

    Fans of Italian sweets, organic veggies, real farm eggs, local honey and fresh meat have more reasons to rejoice: new vendors for these items are coming to the Galax Farmer’s Market.

    Michelle Dunford (née Dagostino) of Baywood is bringing plain and chocolate chip biscotti and anisette cookies, all made in traditional Italian style, on Fridays and Saturdays, as Little Luke’s Pastries.

    “Luke was my grandfather’s first name,” she explained, saying that her dad was known as “Little Luke.”

  • Galax school earn full accreditation

    Galax City Schools are fully accredited this year (2013-2014), according to the Virginia State Department of Education.

    In order to achieve accreditation, each school must achieve a passing rate of at least 75 percent in English Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and 70 percent in math, science, history and social science SOLs.

    High schools, additionally, must hit an 85 percent mark on the Graduation and Completion Index, meaning that 85 percent of the students must graduate, get a GED or achieve a certification of completion.

  • TCRH board gives $5M to foundation

    The Twin County Community Foundation received a $5 million endowment in August, the first transfer of funds from the proceeds of the joint venture transaction between Twin County Regional Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare that took place on April 1, 2012.

  • Man pleads pleads guilty to sexual battery of teen

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County emergency services worker pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery involving a child age 15 or older, according to information from Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

    Jason Lee Burnette, 31, was charged in November 2013 with one count of carnal knowledge and three counts of sexual intercourse with a minor, after the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint from the family of a child age 13 to 15 years old.

  • Readers Hotline 9/1/14

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    I live on Main Street in Fries. I would like to know why every time Fries gets a fire or rescue call to Ivanhoe Road somewhere, they can’t cut up Hilltown Road to take a shortcut to Ivanhoe Road and save time instead of flying down Main Street with their lights and sirens wide open. Makes no sense to me. I used to be in rescue and I always thought every second saved was precious in saving someone’s life or home. I’m a taxpayer just like everyone else around here and I’d like to know.

  • Devils open with 3-0 win over Marion

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County opened its volleyball season by taking three toss-up games from Marion, sweeping the Scarlet Hurricane 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 in a nondistrict match Thursday night.

  • Alleghany takes back-and-forth win from Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County took the lead and lost it in the matter of about 30 seconds last Friday night to drop a hard-fought 26-23 opening football game to cross-border rival Alleghany, N.C., at Bill Strong Field.

  • Glenvar spoils Maroon Tide opener

    Games typically come down to a few key plays – or at least coaches always say that after a loss – and Friday night was no different.

    Both Galax (0-1) and Glenvar (1-0) did very little on offense, but two big plays were the difference in a 24-9 Highlander victory Friday on Galax’s home field.

    The Maroon Tide defense held its own for most of the night, but gave up scoring plays of 63 and 61 yards in the loss. Take away those two plays and the game could have been much different.