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Local News

  • Novant Health will close Galax cardiology office

    A spokesperson for Novant Health confirmed that the company’s cardiology clinic on West Stuart Drive in Galax will be closing, with its last day of operation on Mar. 30.

  • Galax church celebrates Black History Month

    Members of the community congregated last Saturday evening at Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God on Calloway Street in Galax to celebrate Black History Month and hold a time of reflection to honor the many achievements of African-American society throughout the nation’s history.

    Dionne Tucker opened the Feb. 17 event with an inspirational celebration of religious and cultural background, expressed in song and dance by the Daughters of Zion. She described it as “something one may have been likely to hear during the slave era dating up to the Civil War.”

  • Man arrested after gun incident on WCC campus

    Staff Report

    WYTHEVILLE – A man is facing multiple charges following an incident Feb. 15 on the campus of Wytheville Community College.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, Alexander E. Dunford, 21, of Wytheville, threatened a male and female with a handgun in a campus parking lot that night. Dunford allegedly pointed the handgun at the couple and “dry fired” it, police said, meaning it was fired without ammunition.

    Neither the male nor female was injured.

  • March 6 is deadline for candidates to file for May election

    Staff Report

    Four localities will hold council elections in May, and the deadline to register is approaching.

    In Galax, four council seats are up for election on May 1.

    As of Feb. 16, candidates who had completed paperwork to run included incumbents C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene and John Garner; while newcomer Travis Haynes is in the process of qualifying. At least one more candidate, Sharon Ritchie, is collecting signatures with the intention of filing.

  • Bad Romance: scammers only love you for your money

    Staff Report

    Valentine’s Day just passed, but love — of money and deceit, anyway — is always in the air for online scammers.

  • From home, Virginians can keep an eye on legislators

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – It may not offer the drama of “House of Cards,” but an initiative at the Virginia Capitol is lifting the curtain on the workings of the General Assembly.

    In January, the House and Senate started live-streaming and archiving videos of committee hearings. On a computer or cellphone, Virginians can now watch – from the comfort of their homes or offices – what used to require a trip to the Capitol.

  • Traffic stop nabs homicide suspect

    Staff Report

    A routine stop for a traffic violation in Galax this weekend resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for a 2017 homicide in Mexico.

    On Feb. 17, Officer Tyler Houk stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Stuart Drive, shortly after 9:50 p.m., according to a Galax Police Department report.

    The operator could not produce a valid Virginia operator's license, the report said. After a check of the Virginia DMV data base, police determined that Joel Miguel Miguel, 38, was driving on a suspended license.

  • SWVA's $1 billion tourism industry

    Staff Report

    A 56 percent increase in tourism spending in Southwest Virginia since 2004 is highlighted in new report by the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Southwest Virginia.

    The annual report for 2017 outlines the regional economic impact of the tourism economy and spotlights economic, community and tourism development initiatives, regional marketing and branding.

  • Training center bills fail to advance

    RICHMOND — Legislative efforts to save the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County have failed, after three bills from local lawmakers were not advanced in the General Assembly.

    Dels. Jeff Campbell (R-6th District, who represents Carroll County) and Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District, who represents Grayson County and Galax) filed bills this year in attempt to keep the mental health facility open.

  • Carroll sets budget goal

    HILLSVILLE – At its second meeting to discuss the operating budget for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, the Carroll County School Board heard a report on how education is linked to economic development.

    Tammy Quesenberry, finance supervisor for Carroll County Public Schools, presented an analysis highlighting intended budget goals.

    According to the report, the school system would like to focus on support instruction, which promotes student achievement in a safe learning environment.