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Today's News

  • 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.

  • On Target: Cox is 2-time archery gold medalist

    A lifelong resident of the Twin County area was awarded his second gold medal in the Virginia Commonwealth Games on July 27, after finishing leaps and bounds above the archery competition for the second consecutive year.

  • Turkey turmoil ties up traffic

    No humans were seriously injured, but several turkeys were lost — and some escaped — in a crash on Interstate 77 early Friday morning.

    Torrential rainstorms were the cause of an Aug. 3 tractor-trailer accident on I-77, which resulted in an extensive cleanup effort by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Carroll County Animal Control.