Today's News

  • Va. Blaze wins pair of championships

    LYNCHBURG –– The Virginia Blaze FCA summer travel team pulled off a pair of impressive tournament wins recently, including a championship in the 11th/12th-grade division at the Commonwealth games on the campus of Liberty University.

    Finishing pool play as the No. 2 seed out of its group, the Blaze opened bracket play with a 38-35 win over Vick4Kids, a team from the Bluefield-Tazewell-Giles area. Trailing by six at the half, the Blaze made enough second-half adjustments to take a late lead and hold on for the win.

  • Promising start for Galax

    Fiddle music filled up the bottomland in Galax on Wednesday but popping pads, whistles and the bark of coaches’ instructions held the high ground as Galax made the transition from two weeks of pounding teammates to laying licks on somebody wearing a different-colored headgear.

    The Maroon Tide and Mount Airy, N.C. conducted their first controlled scrimmage of the season, a midweek meeting that is rare for the most part but has been common between these two teams the past few years.

    Just breaking the grind of practice was as big a deal as Xs and Os.

  • Documentary focuses on fiddling

    How do you make an award-winning documentary about the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention?

    Well, for starters, it helps if you’re local.

    Sisters Julie Simone, who lives in Los Angeles, and Vicki Vlasic, who now hails from just outside Detroit, both grew up in Hillsville. They remember a time when their TV only got two TV channels, on which they saw “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres.” Though both left the Twin Counties to explore the world, Simone also remembers another childhood pleasure.

  • 'Soup Lady' has fed fiddlers for 40 years

    Three stockpots burble away on a makeshift stove; brightly-colored homemade banners flutter here and there; and Mary Edna Thompson, aka the Soup Lady, occupies the temporary kitchen/dining/music area made up from a handful of tents in Felts Park.

    Thompson, from Hillsville, created and has manned the Soup Kitchen during every Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention “for about 40 years,” she says.

  • Grayson brings back county fair

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Imagine tables lined with fresh vegetables: an awesome crop of artichokes; tempting tomatoes that make your mouth water and your grilled cheese sandwich lift its lid in anticipation; and bunches of green beans that in all the bean universe are the best flavored, most bountiful, least stringy and without nibblation by any bugs.

    This is part of the organizers’ vision of this Saturday’s Grayson County Fair, a newly-reprised event to celebrate agriculture in all its local glory.

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  • GES project brings parking, traffic changes

    The renovation and expansion of Galax Elementary School will bring changes to parking and traffic around the site when the fall semester begins Aug. 15.

    For one thing, the school announced Monday that the direction of traffic on one-way Academy Drive will be reversed.

    “Parents and guardians will need to enter Academy Drive from Main Street and proceed to the designated area for parent drop-off and pick-up,” the school said in an announcement on social media.

  • Prints, DNA link suspect to burglaries

    Staff Report

    A Galax man, Shannon Dwayne Porter, 29, was arrested and charged after a Grayson County grand jury returned indictments in connection with a series of offenses that occurred on the night of Oct. 6 or morning of Oct. 7, 2017, in the city.

    Galax Detective J.B. Greer submitted evidence to the grand jury and obtained direct indictments in connection with burglaries at Galax Auto Sales and Wards Auto Sales. The grand jury also returned an indictment in connection with the attempted larceny of a vehicle at the Galax Health Department.

  • Airport receives federal funding for improvements

    Twin County Airport has a grant to cover the costs of planning the facility’s future development.

    The regional airport in Carroll County was awarded $180,000 through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, within the Department of Transportation.

    According to Tuesday’s announcement, the grant will provide federal funding for updates to the airport’s master plan strategy and layout plan.

  • Carroll County Fair announces schedule

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Agriculture Fair, selected as the top event in Virginia by the Virginia Association of Fairs two years in a row, hopes to continue that tradition in 2018.

    This year’s fair is Aug. 22-26 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, off Interstate 77 in Hillsville.