Today's News

  • Home Sweet Dome

     As Chris and Maddy Ecker set out looking for a home they could retire to, they wanted something unique.

    It was this idea that led the couple to have a monolithic dome — a large, igloo-shaped house — constructed in Galax. 

    Their new home, which they moved into two weeks ago, will be open for a tour Saturday as part of the 10th annual Fall Dome Home Tour happening all across the United States.

  • Vaughan pleads guilty to conspiracy

     ROANOKE — A 53-year-old Galax man who fled the scene of a drug sting in April has admitted in court to being involved in a conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. 

    Donald Scott Vaughan — charged with conspiracy and four counts of distribution of meth, a schedule II drug — entered a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on Tuesday. 

  • Va. school funding among least fair in U.S.

    A new study from the Education Law Center names Virginia among six states with the worst track record on funding education.

    Not only does the state get a “D” grade for the amount of money it dedicates to schools, the state also gets a “D” for the equity of distribution, measured by how well states direct money to poorer school districts.

  • Second suspect charged in shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred in Independence on Sept. 27.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner said Robert Vernon Molesworth III, 30, of Hilltop Drive, is charged with possession of marijuana and malicious wounding accessory before the fact.

    Warren Scott Robbins, 36, of 236 Nichols Drive, Independence, was charged with malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the case. Molesworth's gun was allegedly used in the shooting. 

  • Federal program to help Virginia homeowners

    Federal housing officials are planning to loan more than $46.6 million to help unemployed homeowners in Virginia.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will use the agency's Emergency Loan Program to fund the loans. The program will provide assistance for up to 24 months for homeowners who lost their jobs or have a medical condition and are at risk of foreclosure.

    The program will be used along with other government programs and requires homeowners to meet certain qualifications.

  • Former Galax resident reaches major milestone

     CHARLESTON, S.C. –– College of Charleston head men’s soccer coach Ralph Lundy has left an indelible mark on the men’s soccer program, C of C and the college community as a whole. His legacy will long be preserved as one of the most successful, hard-working and passionate coaches in the country.

  • Galax to battle for top spot

     This one may not be for all the marbles, but the winner will certainly have a couple jars full more than anybody else around.

  • Cavaliers, Hurricanes used to tight finishes

     HILLSVILLE –– For a series that has been decidedly one-sided in recent years, Carroll County vs. Marion is about as competitive as they come.

    In what has become a series of nailbiters that seem to always end up the same, Carroll County will host Marion in a Southwest District game tonight at Tommy Thompson Field for the Cavaliers’ homecoming night.

  • Asterisk or not, Tide #1

     HARTFIELD –– It’s not the way Galax would have envisioned it happening, but don’t expect the Maroon Tide to go all Reggie Bush and send back the trophy.

    A scoring discrepancy led to the disqualification of a Giles player’s score and made the difference in the team standings as Galax edged the Spartans for the Group A state golf championship Tuesday at Piankatank River Golf Club.

  • Nice shot: Flu vaccine simpler than last year's



    What a difference a year makes.

    Last October, Virginians waited hours for vaccines and flooded doctors' offices with the sneezing and wheezing of the pandemic H1N1 virus, better known as swine flu.

    This fall, life on the influenza front is calmer and less complicated. Flu cases are barely on the radar screen, and there's plenty of vaccine to go around.