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Today's News

  • MedFit lays off 33 workers in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Employment Commission confirmed Monday that at least 33 employees at the Med-Fit/Nautilus plant in Independence were laid off last week.
    Galax VEC Manager Bill Webb said the 33 former Med-Fit employees came from various departments at the fitness equipment plant, and that his office was already in the process of helping the displaced workers find new jobs and/or file for unemployment.

  • Kids rent and ride at GES 'bike library'

    The Galax Recreation Center celebrated the grand opening of its bicycle library on March 28, part of the city’s Safe Routes to School program.

  • Turns two

    Riley Diehl celebrated his second birthday with a SpongeBob party with family and friends on Jan. 16 at the home of his grandparents, Amy and Steve Moretz.

    He is the son of Breanna Guthrie. He is the great-grandson of Jerry and Bobbie Fridley.

  • Public record for 4/2/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 17, 2013-Jan. 7, 2014, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Galax group's petition backs Medicaid expansion

    A petition in favor of expanding Medicaid coverage for 191,000 poor and disabled Virginians will be delivered Thursday by Galax residents to Del. Jeffrey Campbell.
    The petition is signed by 22 people. It was created on MoveOn’s petition site and takes the position that expanding Medicaid will help create 30,000 new jobs and save Virginia taxpayers billions of dollars per year.

  • Fifty people treated after Va. Produce incident

    HILLSVILLE — Despite Virginia Department of Emergency Management and hazardous materials team members monitoring the air in Virginia Produce on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, emergency officials say they still do not know a cause for the incident that sickened more than 50 workers there.
    While early reports called the incident at the Carroll County Industrial Park facility possible carbon monoxide poisoning, that has not been confirmed.

  • Smith’s big fly leads Cavaliers past Maroon Tide

    Carroll County used one big inning and three little ones to post an 8-1 win over Galax in a nondistrict softball game Monday at Mountain View Park.

    The Cavaliers (2-0) led 1-0 when they took command with a five-run uprising in the top of the fourth, highlighted by Eustacia Smith’s three-run home run. Eden Durnil had doubled to drive in Gracie Davidson and Kayla Walker scored on an error before Smith stepped in and clubbed a liner over the left field fence for a 6-1 Carroll County lead.

  • Galax rolls in Carroll opener

    Thanks to a quirky schedule and plain ole March weather, it has taken Carroll County five weeks to get its baseball season started. The Cavaliers are still waiting to get going.

    Galax rode a strong pitching effort from Jacob Stuart and took advantage of a string of Carroll County breakdowns Monday to register a 9-4 win in a nondistrict game at Felts Park.

  • Helmick running for city council seat

    Ches Helmick has put his name in the hat for this year’s Galax City Council election on May 6.
    He is the only political newcomer in a field of five candidates for a spot among four available seats. All four incumbents are seeking re-election.

  • Adkins to seek seat in Senate

    MARTINSVILLE — Current Martinsville mayor, Kim Adkins, will not seek reelection for local office in order to make a bid for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat for the 20th District, which includes Galax and part of Carroll County.