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Today's News

  • Goad to run for court clerk in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Gerald Goad has filed to run for the position of Carroll County’s next Circuit Court Clerk in this year’s general election.

    Goad is running as a Democrat, and one party leader said this the first time a Democrat has run for court clerk in Carroll in nearly 30 years. Carolyn Honeycutt, a Republican, held the office for more than 23 years before stepping down in February.

    Republican contenders B.P. “Phil” Hawks and Ronald L. Newman are seeking their party’s nomination.

  • Fundraiser to benefit Allen house restoration

    HILLSVILLE — Friends of the Allen House will host a fundraiser this Saturday, with all proceeds going toward the restoration of the Sidna Allen House in Fancy Gap.

    A Poor Man’s Dinner and Old-Time Gospel Music will be featured from 6-9 p.m. at the new gym/activities building of Skyview Baptist Church.

    The Allen House and neighboring Skyview Baptist are located on U.S. 52, south of Hillsville and about two miles north of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Community efforts have raised $15,000 for Delp family

    News of the tragic fire that claimed the lives of three children spurred the community into action through various fundraisers last week.

    As of Monday, Trenton and Amanda Delp had received thousands of dollars in donations, in addition to clothes, furniture and other essentials from the community.

  • Thaaaat close...

    RICHMOND –– This is why they play the game on hardwood, not on paper.

    On paper, Radford makes it to the Group 1A final four out of the West Region, but on the hardwood, Galax thoroughly outplays the Bobcats in the region semifinals. On paper, a one-loss Honaker team pushes Galax around en route to the region title, but on the hardwood, the Tigers need a 12-minute Tide drought and have to rally from five down in the second half for the win.

  • Readers Hotline 3/9/15

    Tiny print
    Yesterday, after I received my new Century Link phone book, I put the old one in to recycle. Today, after trying to read the small print in the new one, I put it in the recycle and got the old one back out. Thanks, Century Link.

    What will U.S. do?

  • Tragedy takes emotional toll on first responders

    Editor’s note: On March 5, a Galax fire claimed the lives of three children, one at the scene and two who passed away later. Police and firefighters made valiant attempts to rescue the children, without any protective gear, but were overcome by flames and smoke. We share the sentiment expressed in Rick Clark’s moving statement, and commend them for their bravery and sacrifice. We wish them well as they cope with the aftermath of this tragedy.

    By Rick Clark, chief of the Galax Police Department

  • Traffic stop turns into high-speed chase in Cana

    CANA — Virginia State Police arrested a Cana man on numerous charges last Wednesday morning, when a simple traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase through Cana.

    Dylan Lewis Jones, 25, was charged with reckless driving, felony eluding law enforcement, operating a vehicle without a license or tags on a trailer, speeding and several equipment violations.

  • Jones to spend life in prison

    INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones was sentenced to life in prison by the Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday morning, after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries.

    Jones, 36, was convicted in November 2014, following a three-day trial that included evidence and testimonies from around 30 witnesses.

  • Tales of bravery emerge from flames

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    The community continues to grieve after the loss of three young children in a March 5 house fire on Glendale Road, just east of Galax.

    The tragedy has left the Delp family grieving and homeless and has taken an emotional toll on the police, firefighters and paramedics who responded and tried to save the children. It has also motivated friends and neighbors to launch multiple fundraisers to help the family.

  • Tigers own second half

    LEBANON –– If there is an upshot to Galax’s loss to Honaker in Friday’s Region 1A west championship game, it is that the Maroon Tide will be running around in the parking lot of a Richmond hotel for its walk-through at 8 a.m. Monday instead of 6 a.m.