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Today's News

  • Teen found safe, sex offender apprehended

    SMYTH COUNTY — According to media reports, a 14-year-old Tennessee girl who had been missing and in the company of a convicted sex offender has been found by the U.S. Marshals Service.

    Hayleigh Wilson and Benjamin Shook were located in Smyth County on Tuesday morning. Earlier this week, police moved their search to Wythe County after sightings were reported there. They had previously abandoned their vehicle in Grayson County.

    Police said Wilson was unharmed, but doctors are examining her as a precaution.

  • GHS seniors helping their community

    Three more Galax High School students — now 2015 graduates — presented their senior projects to the Galax School board at its June meeting.

    Members of the graduating class undertook a variety of projects this year to help their community.

    Ann-Marie Coleman said that she discovered, through Hope House Director Tammy Harmon, that the homeless shelter was in ongoing need of supplies for the residents, including shampoo, conditioner, Germ-X and other personal hygiene items.

  • Readers Hotline 7/6/15

    So wrong
    For the president to say the ruling handed down on gay marriage is a victory for the American people is so wrong. It was a victory for a group of confused people — a group of people that he belongs to. Very confused. To light up their White House in rainbow colors was so embarrassing. I’m sure it was to many others. He does not represent the majority of Americans.

    Pulpit for politics

  • GES students unite to end bullying

    A group of Galax Elementary School third graders have teamed up to create a group dedicated to the prevention of bullying.

    According to GES counselor Cris Jackson, the students had been aided by their teacher in working through a conflict in their own classroom, and “decided spontaneously — by themselves, without any adult — that they needed a ‘Stop Bullying Club.’”

  • Citizens offer input about next superintendent's qualifications

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools delivered its list of qualifications for a new superintendent to the school board on June 30, and made it plain that they don’t want a “good ol’ boy” hired for the position.

    Wanda Pinion, a member of the community group, delivered the list of 10 qualifications during a public hearing at a special meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

  • Grayson Highlands celebrates 50 years

    MOUTH OF WILSON - Grayson Highlands State Park has become well known for its gorgeous scenic views, rigorous trails and unique outdoor programs over the past 50 years. And the best part is, this is just the beginning of what park officials and supporters of the landmark have in store for their visitors.

  • Plane crash still under investigation

    HILLSVILLE — A small plane crash at Twin County Airport last week is still under investigation and the cause is unknown.

    The Federal Aviation Administration and National Travel Safety Board were notified after the plane crashed while attempting to land. The plane came down 200-300 feet short of the runway at 5:07 p.m. on July 1, according to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp and a report released by the Virginia State Police.

    The two men on board the 1979 Piper Cherokee Warrior plane had only minor injuries.

  • Fatal tractor-trailer crash blocks I-77 in Carroll

     

    From Virginia State Police

    At 8:06 a.m. Friday (July 3), Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper D.A. Phipps was called to the scene of a fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77. The crash occurred near the 22 mile marker in Carroll County.

  • New state laws took effect July 1

    New state laws took effect on July 1, covering everything from social media, campus sexual assault and medical marijuana to public breastfeeding, police drones and Virginia’s official song.

    The laws were passed by the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Some of the new laws include:

    Traffic

    General Assembly amended state code to increase safety provisions for traffic management vehicles, bicyclists, postal vehicles, and refuse-collection vehicles, among other initiatives.

  • N.C. 89 reopens after curve removal

    A scenic road in Surry County, N.C., is safer after road workers removed a dangerous curve near the Lowgap area south of Galax.
    The road links Mount Airy, N.C., to the Blue Ridge Parkway and is the main route between Galax and Mount Airy.
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) set up a 40-mile marked detour between Lowgap and the Virginia border last month, so workers could connect the existing highway to the new stretch.