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Today's News

  • Grayson sets graduation date, approves new computer science class

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County, like other localities in the area, has experienced a hard year weather-wise.

    The school staff has worked to set make-up days when possible.

    During March’s regular school board meeting, Board Member Fred Weatherman said he had received several calls from parents wanting to know the graduation date.

  • Bills increase access to health coverage for individuals with autism

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam has signed two bills that will ensure all individuals with autism, no matter their age, have access to adequate health insurance.

    Current law only requires coverage be provided to individuals between ages two and 10. The new legislation removes the age cap for coverage, expanding access to care for nearly 10,000 Virginians with autism, including transition-age youth and adults. It will be effective beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

  • Vehicle overturns, one driver injured in March 26 crash

    Staff Report

    A car was overturned and one person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday at 4:28 p.m. on East Stuart Drive near Hanes Road, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2012 Subaru Forester, driven by Cheryl Ann Lawson, 59, of Galax, pulled out of a private drive and crossed East Stuart, attempting to travel west, when it struck a 2008 Honda CR-V, driven by Iona Jewel Adkins, 67, of Woodlawn, in the left rear door. The Honda was traveling west on East Stuart, as well.

  • Dalton, Brown lead team to win in all-star game

    WISE –– Galax’s Essence Brown and Carroll County’s Madi Dalton continued to rake in postseason basketball awards, both on the court and on the wire.

    The two Twin County seniors participated in the Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star game on Saturday at UVa.-Wise’s Pryor Convocation Center as members of the Red Team.

    Dalton, a first-team all-Class 4 performer and the player of the year in Region 4D, earned game MVP honors after scoring 15 points and leading the Red to a 76-37 win over the Blue.

  • Rush wins East Coast titles

    LYNCHBURG –– The State Line Rush reeled off five consecutive victories capped by an overtime win on March 16 to capture the East Coast Nationals girls’ basketball championship at Liberty University and Liberty Christian Academy.

    State Line also claimed the boys’ middle school tournament title.

  • Book Walk
  • Rise of the Robocalls

    Your cell phone rings, a dozen or more times a day. Every day. Sometimes the number is from out of town; other times it appears to be a local call — even from someone you know. More often than not, it just says “No Caller ID.”

    These harassing automated “robocalls” and spoofed numbers (real numbers, copied and used by someone else) are the latest tools of telemarketers and scammers, but Congress has been slow to take action to prohibit them.

  • Chamber outlines 2019 plans

    Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce Director Beth Dixon recently gave the chamber’s yearly progress report at a Galax City Council meeting.
    New measures include supporting young professionals and the establishment of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for young children.

  • Kidnapping suspect from Galax denied bail

    PULASKI — A Galax man charged with holding two people at gunpoint in Pulaski will not be granted bail before his trial.
    Matthew Ray Russell, 33, was arrested earlier this month after allegedly holding two Pulaski residents against their will for about eight hours on March 1-2, followed by an eight-hour pursuit as he attempted to escape custody.

  • Troutdale continues ambulance fundraiser

    TROUTDALE — The Troutdale Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad is continuing fundraising efforts to secure a new ambulance.
    The squad was recently awarded a partial grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Services’ Rescue Squad Assistance Fund. According to Capt. Robby Wingate, the award will allow the squad to replace the oldest of its three ambulances, a 1993 model. The last ambulance purchased in 2007.
    The grant requires a 20 percent match from the rescue squad, which totals $43,000.