Today's News

  • Reader's Hotline 8/19/19

    Flawed system
    I’m curious about the school’s new registration system. I thought they bought a new system for registration by the same outfit that has PowerSchool. I know that other districts have dropped PowerSchool because it erases the grades or just makes it inoperable so teachers can’t even take roll. So, why are they getting a system that’s flawed?

    Not Christian

  • Carroll fair begins this week

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — At Carroll County’s annual event, which kicks off this week, you’ll see all the time-honored staples of a proper fair — homemade crafts, home-canned food, livestock shows, new and antique farm equipment on display, midway games. The smell of cotton candy lingers in the air with the sounds of children’s laughter.

    The fair runs Aug. 20-25 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market in Hillsville.

  • APCo upgrading meters in Galax

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will no longer have to come to your house or even drive by to read the electric meter, after an upgrade of equipment in the Galax area.

    However, you might see APCo contractors visiting your home to switch out the old meters for the new ones.

  • Democracy won't die if we don't let it

    Editor’s note: Lee H. Hamilton is a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

    Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before.

  • Elk Creek man needs kidney transplant to survive

    ELK CREEK — Two years ago, at age 19, Robert Fallon of Elk Creek was greeting life as a young adult.

    Just out of high school, he was employed and living independently for the first time; and like most young men his age, he believed the years ahead would involve career choices, higher education opportunities and other milestones that typically come with early adulthood. But, as it turned out, life had other plans.

  • Cox aims for excellence

    An archer from the Twin Counties brought home his third consecutive gold medal earlier this month after finishing first place in the State Games of America.

    An avid competitor, outdoorsman and former state forest warden, Arthur Cox aced the archery competition at this year’s national games on Aug. 4, and shared his story this week about the rewarding experiences that archery has brought him throughout his life, on and off the shooting range.

  • Police charge two in Galax

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department reported two arrests on Aug. 8, in separate incidents.

    In the first incident, Sgt. Trevor Jefferson and Officer Mike Hash responded to a call of an unruly person at a local business.

    Upon a brief investigation, Brian M. Vuicich, 53, of Pulaski, was charged with being intoxicated in public and possession of a controlled substance, the report said. He is being held with no bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

  • Grayson, Galax schools consider vocational partnership

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system is in talks with Galax City Public Schools to potentially share available classroom space for programs through Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center.

  • Higgins, blevins to marry


    Raymond Higgins and Crystal Blevins



    to marry

    Crystal Blevins and Raymond Higgins would like to announce their engagement.

    Blevins is a student at Colorado Technical University.

    She is the daughter of Danny Blevins and Joanna Blevins of Galax.

    Higgins was a graduate at Galax High School in 2007.

    He is the son of Terry and Betsy Higgins of Galax.

    An Oct. 26 wedding is planned.

  • Something To Do from August 9-11, 2019


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG)

    • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (PG-13)

    • The Lion King (PG)