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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 7/25/18

    Tickets and jobs

  • Anything goes at 'Anything Butt'

    Sometimes in life, it’s the little things that matter most — the off-the-cuff-joke, the last-minute flourish added to a simple outfit, the nonchalant addition of a musical playlist to a road trip — that have the biggest impact and leave a lasting impression.

    In other words, ancillary matters actually do matter.

  • Work underway at Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Work is underway on one new roof project at Grayson County High School and two more projects are expected to start soon.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said “the new roofs are sorely needed.”

    Wilmore said bids were taken several months ago to replace the roof on the field house, the concession stand and the auditorium at the high school.

    A new metal roof is nearing completion on the field house and work is expected to start on the other two roofs soon.

  • Misleading social ads fool shoppers

    Staff Report

    Consumers are finding that social media is a great place to find new products and services to purchase, and approximately a third of online shoppers say they are using social networks to peruse new items to buy, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

    With the rise in use of social media as a resource for retail, BBB reports an increase in complaints from consumers who have had an unfavorable experience after making a purchase through an advertisement found on a social network.

  • Readers Hotline 7/23/18

    Nix the fee

  • Rediscover your wild side at FloydFest

    FLOYD — Just down the road from Galax, music fans can answer the call of the wild this week at FloydFest 18~Wild, an outdoor music festival featuring an eclectic mix of superstars and local favorites, including Foster The People, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gov’t Mule, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Tyler Childers and Greta Van Fleet.

    The award-winning festival features 100 bands on eight stages over five days, right in the Blue Ridge Mountains town of Floyd, from July 25-29, 2018.

  • Trail system would connect Galax, Roanoke

    Galax, Carroll and Grayson are among more than a dozen Southwest Virginia localities being invited to join an effort to create a new trail system that would connect Galax to Roanoke.

    The idea was originally conceived to connect the Huckleberry Trail in Montgomery County to the Roanoke River Greenway, but organizers recently expanded their vision with a plan to create the Valley to Valley Trail, which that would also incorporate the New River Trail State Park.

  • Fugitives arrested in Galax

    Staff Report

    Two people wanted by police in North Carolina were arrested in Galax, in separate incidents.

    On July 18, officers located Stacy Lee Key, 44, of Fries, after he fled a residence on Dobyns Street into a field.

    Officer Darrin Alley and Sgt. Shawny Jones were attempting to locate a separate person on an unrelated matter, the police report said.

  • #TeamKiah #GoadStrong

    HILLSVILLE – The community of Carroll County came together this past weekend by holding a fundraiser bingo tournament to help a local toddler, Hezekiah Goad, who is in need of medical treatment and accommodations for cerebral palsy.

  • Police seize drugs worth $19K

    A Fancy Gap woman is charged in two states after a traffic stop in Surry County, N.C. Police have seized drugs valued at nearly $19,000 from her car and home.

    On July 12, while working drug interdiction in the area of West Pine Street and Interstate 77, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Kathy Branscome Lawson, 57, of 71 Meadow View Trail in Fancy Gap. The stop resulted in probable cause to search the vehicle, according to a news release from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.