Today's News

  • Albany Industries to invest more in Galax plant

    Albany Industries will invest $700,000 of its own funds for new equipment at its new Galax plant, according to Terry Treadaway, vice president of the company.
    This is in addition to a $2.5 million investment from local and state incentives for equipment, facility upgrades and job placement.
    The New Albany, Miss.-based company will begin training and operations at Vaughan Furniture’s former B.C. Vaughan plant this week. Albany Industries, which makes upholstered household furniture, plans to create 335 new jobs for the area over three years.

  • Man charged with taking Carroll teen to Illinois

    HILLSVILLE — A 15-year-old Carroll County youth reported missing Nov. 19 was found safe in Illinois.
    Family members reported that Courtney West was last seen at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 behind Woodlawn School.
    Carroll County Sheriff’s Office personnel entered her missing persons information for distribution to police departments across the country, according to Investigator Shannon Goad.

  • Sheriff Manning retires after 31 years


  • WCC receives $300,000 for scholarships

    An estimated 225 students from Grayson, Carroll and Smyth counties and the City of Galax enrolled in 2012-2013 programs at Wytheville Community College are expected to benefit from Virginia Tobacco Commission funds within three years, according to WCC’s projections.
    This would include five diplomas, 25 degrees, 40 certificates and 40 transfers to a four-year institution.

  • White named to all-region team

     Galax’s Allison White leads a list of six Twin County volleyball players earning all-region recognition, and Carroll County’s Autumn Fink has earned a spot on the all-Southwest District team.

    White, a senior middle hitter, was voted to the all-Region C first team after helping lead the Maroon Tide to a region Division 1 runner-up finish and a spot in the state semifinals.

    Teammates Harley Brewer, Grace Wilson and Bailey Shumate were also honored, as were Grayson County’s Natasha Moore and Brandi Goad.

  • Galax shuts down Honaker

    Facing a runningback on the threshold of topping the 2,000-yard plateau for the season, Galax certainly didn’t bank on defending 35 pass attempts in its Western Section Division 1 third-round game with Honaker. The fact that the Maroon Tide did, spoke volumes about its run defense.

  • CenturyLink offers reward to locate copper thieves

    CenturyLink wants copper cable thieves brought to justice and the telecommunications company is offering a reward up to $2,000 to help accomplish this.
    Citizens can claim the reward by reporting information that directly leads to the arrest and prosecution of anyone stealing the company’s cable, primarily copper cable.

  • Background checks for gun sales challenged

    Virginia’s criminal background check system for firearm purchases, the first of its kind in the nation, is being targeted for elimination.
    Gun-rights advocates have lobbied Gov. Bob McDonnell to scrap the program, arguing that it is redundant because a federal background check system can replace it.
    Gun-control groups say doing so would take a valuable law enforcement tool away from Virginia State Police and undermine state gun laws.

  • Local designer's ornaments hang on trees around the globe


  • Distemper survivors finding homes