Today's News

  • Into The Devil's Den


  • Don't forget downtown

    Patrick Butler is owner of Purple Feet Wines in downtown Galax

    In the past several months, downtown Galax has lost businesses — some that had been around for many years.
    Part of the reason is the sad state of the economy, but part of the issue lies within us. One of the constant refrains I hear from people is that there is no good shopping in Galax.
    No, we don’t have the population base to support tony stores or boutique shops, that’s true.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/7/11


  • Legislators unanimously adopt $80 billion budget


  • Two face federal charges

    ROANOKE — Two Twin County men face federal charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, a schedule II drug.
    In separate grand jury indictments, Elijah Lee Bond, 24, and Thomas Glen Harmon, 44, were charged in February in federal court in Roanoke, according to records the U.S District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
    Bond was named in a five-count indictment on Feb. 17 that included conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine and four counts of distribution of meth.

  • Bill to require E-Verify for immigrants


  • Next stop –– Richmond

    SALEM –– With the Galax girls’ basketball team playing a state quarterfinal in the Tri-Cities at noon Saturday and its boys tipping off in the Roanoke Valley in the evening, quite a few Maroon Tide fans made the 300-mile excursion from Galax to Bristol to Salem and back.

    The Tide faithful are not finished traveling just yet.

  • Bitter end something to build on

    BRISTOL –– Facing a potent inside threat and a pair of lightning-quick guards, Galax hoped to force J.I. Burton into early foul trouble, cutting the workload in half.

    It was the Black Raiders doing the dividing and conquering.

    Burton took advantage of some serious early foul trouble by the Tide and got an unexpected – and career-high – 22 points from Jessica Hensley to knock off the Maroon Tide 59-46 in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals Saturday at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

  • Shorts Creek serving big country breakfast

    Shorts Creek Church of God will have a big country breakfast on Saturday, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
    Menu includes choice of sausage or bacon or country ham, eggs, biscuits, gravy, fruit and more.
    Cost is $5 for adults. Children age 6 and younger eat free. For information call: (276) 728-5581.

  • Police seek suspect in stolen car case

    Updated 10:30 a.m. — Police want to locate a 31-year-old Charleston, S.C., man suspected of crashing a stolen car while being chased, and then fleeing on foot early Friday.
    Sherrard Gathers, a black male thought to have some connection with Galax, stands 6-foot, one-inch tall and weights 200 pounds, said Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser. The man was last seen wearing a black coat, dark jeans and a black ball cap.