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Today's News

  • National Night Out offers free family fun

    Staff Report

    This year’s National Night Out in Galax is Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. on Main and Grayson streets, and will be hosted by the Galax Police Department.

    National Night Out, an event created for citizens to meet their local law enforcement officers and to find out more about police programs, will offer free food, including hotdogs with all the fixings, free drinks and watermelon.

  • Readers Hotline 8/6/18

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    Shame how some of them are throwing off on their president. I would love for you to tell us what Obama accomplished in the eight years he was in office. He was a want-to-be dictator. Democrats like to brag on him, but they can’t tell you anything he did that was any good for the country. He helped build Iran up and opened the borders for anything that wants to come over here.

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  • Thousands headed to Galax for 83rd annual fiddlers’ convention

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this weekend.

    Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens Monday and lasts through Aug. 11, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers showed up Sunday to set up.

  • How healthy is Grayson County? Survey seeks answers

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s Community Health Assessment survey is currently underway, seeking input from members of the community about the area’s healthcare needs.

    The survey is available online at vdh.virginia.gov/mount-rogers/ and at the county health department, county office and local schools. Grayson leaders encourage everyone in the county to take the survey, to help them identify healthcare resources, barriers and priorities.

  • Baywood voters will go to new precinct

    Staff Report

    BAYWOOD — Cody Wingate of the Grayson County Registrar’s Office has announced an updated polling location for voters in the Baywood precinct.

    Following the closing of Baywood School earlier this year, the polling location will now be located at the Baywood Wesleyan Church, at 1995 Old Baywood Road in Galax.

    All voters in Baywood have also been notified by mail of the change.

    Questions can be directed to the Office of Elections, (276) 773-2842.

  • 3 locals charged with Fort Chiswell mall arson

    FORT CHISWELL — A trio of Twin County residents charged with setting an April 6 fire that destroyed part of the abandoned Fort Chiswell Outlet Mall in Wythe County have extensive charges related to other property crimes and traffic violations.

    Court records and information from the Virginia Bureau of Criminal Investigations reveals connections between three subjects who were arrested on arson charges earlier this week.

  • Lord's Acre needs churches to participate

    The United Workers for Christ are putting forth a call for more churches to attend and participate in this year’s Lord’s Acre Sale, according to Thomas Lee, who sets up equipment for the sale each year.

    The Lord’s Acre Sale is a unique celebration wherein churches gather to sell homemade or home-grown items like produce, canned goods, baked goods, quilts and various crafts donated by their members. The name comes from farmers keeping back an acre of land to grow food “for the Lord” at the sale.

  • APCo customers to see rate reduction

    Staff Report

    An interim rate reduction will be implemented by Appalachian Power Company for its Virginia customers, beginning with August bills.

    Residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month will see a reduction in their bills of approximately $4.83, once the interim rate is fully implemented.

    The $50 million interim rate reduction is associated with the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

  • Two facing meth charges

    Staff Report

    Two people were arrested in separate cases of methamphetamine possession last week, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A Fries woman, Demie Counts, 29, was arrested on July 27 by Sgt. Chris Hines. Counts was charged with possession of meth after the K-9 officer alerted on a vehicle that she was a passenger in.

    Counts was charged by Hines and sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond.

  • Hillsville police arrest Pa. fugitive

    HILLSVILLE – A high-speed pursuit by the Hillsville Police Department on Monday morning resulted in the arrest of a fugitive from Pennsylvania, and additional charges in the commonwealth.

    Police Chief Wesley Yonce reported that on July 30 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Sgt. Stephen Brady observed a vehicle traveling north on Interstate 77 at a high rate of speed.

    According to the report, Brady clocked the vehicle at 88 mph, which is considered reckless driving, as is any speed above 80 in Virginia.