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Today's News

  • Galax church opens arms to everyone

    Daniel Harrison, pastor of Hearts United Church in Galax, wants people to know that the storefront worship center is open.

    Way open.

    The church is an offshoot of the Hearts United movement, wherein Hispanic, black and white churches came together this summer to push racial hatred and dissent aside in favor of praise and a healing dose of Christ’s love. Hearts United Church goes even further, as the homemade paper banner hanging its window states: “All welcome here: Immigrants, Muslims, LGBT, People of Color.”

  • Sheriffs say deputy pay qualifies for food stamps

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is requesting that the General Assembly and governor address the salary disparity that exists in sheriffs’ offices across the Commonwealth, according to a news release from the association.

  • Holidays a time to heal after stressful year

    By the time you read this, the giant, pulsing dark cloud of this year’s election will have finally passed over us… and I, for one, am looking forward to remembering what conversations were like before it happened.

    As usual, I am writing this column on a Sunday night, the eve of my Monday deadline for this paper — before the election — and when future me reads this in print later in the week, I just want to say to her: “At least it’s over.”

  • REMEMBER WHEN: Nov. 6-12

     

     

    2011

    *After weeks of growing anticipation, in a game previewed on the front page of The Roanoke Times, Grayson County and Galax met on the final night of the season for the first time ever, with 9-0 records, and the Maroon Tide came away with a 21-6 win.

    *Carroll County gave up an early touchdown and responded with 48 unanswered points to close its season with a 48-6 win over Patrick County. Logan Hodges ran for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

     

  • Playoff notes: This, that and whatnot

    Ten games down, five to go.

    The football season is only two-thirds of the way completed for 12 teams in the state, and tonight, we start to find out which 12 will play for one of Virginia’s six state championships on Dec. 10.

  • Title defense begins for Galax

    There will always be those who argue that football teams with losing records do not belong in the postseason.

    As long as more than 60 percent of the teams in the state reach the playoffs, the law of averages dictates that they can’t all be 5-5 or better. But more importantly, Honaker got here by way of a Week 10 win as much as somebody else’s loss, so the Tigers deserve to keep playing just as much as anybody else.

  • Galax arrests include felony shoplifting, drug charge

    Staff Report

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included an alleged fraud attempt aimed at scoring prescription drugs and a shoplifting charge.

    Tabatha Jane Stevens, 35, of Galax, was arrested on Nov. 3 by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony attempt to obtain drugs by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; and a misdemeanor charge of giving a false report to a law enforcement officer about commission of a crime.

  • Voters reject one amendment, approve another

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    State law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

    Voters in Virginia on Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment to enshrine that in the state constitution.

    Voters in the Twin Counties also voted “no” on the proposal.

    Virginia has had a right-to-work law since 1947 governing organized labor. The law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

  • Trump sweeps Twin Counties

    Staff Reports

    Republican candidates swept the ballots in all Twin County precincts by a significant margin in Tuesday’s election.

    Donald Trump took Galax, Carroll and Grayson easily; and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) retained his seat in a three-way race, also winning in all three localities.

    Trump didn’t win Virginia or its electoral votes, but in other states across the nation, he gained the 270 total electoral votes needed to reach the White House.

  • Readers Hotline 11/9/16

    Most efficient
    I would like to thank Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax for the most convenient and efficient household hazardous disposal site provided on Oct. 29 at the landfill. The fellows working were so helpful and pleasant and we are helping the environment.

    Light enforcement