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Today's News

  • Warner hears from Galax community

    “I can’t think of a time when there’s been more unease in our political system than right now,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) at a meeting with local leaders Aug. 16 in Galax.

    “It’s almost like our democracy’s being tested at this point.”

    Warner, U.S. Senator from Virginia and its former governor, was late to arrive at The Crossroads Institute, but stayed over to answer a few extra questions when prompted by his aides to leave.

  • Crossroads to host eclipse viewing party

    Staff Report

    Things will be looking up at Wytheville Community College on Monday.

    Actually, people will be looking up — at the solar eclipse that will be visible from the Twin Counties that afternoon.

    WCC will hold solar eclipse viewing parties at all three campuses (Wytheville, Marion and The Crossroads Institute in Galax) from 2-3 p.m.

    There will be eclipse ice cream and projection viewers at each location.

  • Hate, not heritage, in the streets of Charlottesville

    Kerry Dougherty is a columnist for The Virginian-Pilot.

    One dead. Dozens injured.

    It’s time to stop calling what transpired in the streets of Charlottesville on August 12 a white supremacist “rally” and say what it really was:

    A riot.

    A brutal clash between protesters and counter-protesters swinging clubs and baseball bats, throwing bottles and spewing expletives.

    And finally, a car plowing into a crowd of pedestrians that left one person dead and 19 injured.

  • Free clinic to hold 25th anniversary open house

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties is hosting a 25th Anniversary Open House this Saturday from 5-7 p.m., according to Director Melissa Dill.

    The event will involve raffles, refreshments and live music, and will hopefully serve as a fundraiser to garner donations for the clinic, as well, said Dill.

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties was founded 25 years ago by Dr. Ohlen Wilson and Dr. Robert Pryor, along with members of the First Baptist Church of Galax, to give those who could not otherwise afford medical care a chance at professional treatment and service.

  • Musical Passages: a tribute to Joe Wilson

    During the week of the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, a special showcase titled “Musical Passages: A Tribute to Joe Wilson” honored the late luminary of Americana.

    Led by his wife, Kathy James, and featuring several of his friends and cultural compatriots, the 90-minute event at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts was a loving tribute and raucous recall of Wilson’s life and times.

  • Grayson plans school renovations

    INDEPENDENCE — The county and school boards continued to clash over the school budget this month, when a request to approve funding for renovation projects at the high school was tabled, pending a presentation of the school’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

  • New GCHS sign displays events, temp, time

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Something new has been added at Grayson County High School in recent days – a LED sign.

    The Town of Independence and Grayson County School System joined efforts to pay for the sign.

    The sign is located on Main Street and provides a place to display events for the school and town. It also displays the time and temperature.

    The old sign required someone to change the block letters when an event was listed.

  • Eclipse Viewers Guide

    If you were a Viking viewing a solar eclipse in olden days, you might think the great wolf Fenrir was swallowing the sun, signaling the beginning of Ragnarok, the end of the world.

    Centuries later, if you were of a Puritan sect, you might have confessed your sins and begged forgiveness as the world plunged into darkness.

    Eclipses not only blot out the sun, but sometimes overshadow our common sense — but it’s not a superstition we left behind in the Dark Ages.

  • Carroll continues negotiations for buying N.C. water

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Jessica Montgomery, executive director of the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA), told board members last Monday that the county is continuing to work with Mount Airy, N.C. to purchase bulk water for the Cana/Meadowview project.

    Montgomery, along with PSA board chairman William Payne, attended the July 20 meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to discuss the possibility of increased bulk water purchases and rate negotiations.

  • EBT system down in Virginia

    From the Virginia Department of Social Services:

    The contractor that maintains EBT services for Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is experiencing multi-state service problems resulting in an EBT system outage as of Thursday morning.

    At this time, it is unknown when the system will be restored. Clients are encouraged to call (866) 281-2448 to check on the status of the system restoration.