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Today's News

  • Galax's opioid lawsuit moves forward

    The City of Galax, which filed a lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers and distributors this summer, has joined with 10 other Virginia localities that filed similar legal action in asking the Virginia Supreme Court to determine where the lawsuits should be heard.

    This summer, Galax sued the prescription painkiller makers and distributors for their role in allegedly creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids like OxyContin.

  • Police: man drove car into storefronts to commit burglary

    Staff Reports

    According to police, a North Carolina man stole three vehicles overnight Wednesday and allegedly used at least one of them to drive into the front of two local businesses in attempts to commit burglary.

    He also is charged with numerous other crimes, and is a suspect in another burglary and two attempted burglaries.

    Numerous break-ins were attempted in Galax on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

  • Ice storm brings down trees, leaving thousands without power

    An ice storm snapped trees and limbs, which in turn brought down power lines across the Twin Counties on Thursday, leaving thousands without electricity and making roads treacherous.

    According to American Electric Power (AEP) on Thursday afternoon, there were a total of 14,110 customers with outages in the Twin County area.

  • County seizes printing company's assets

    HILLSVILLE – After two years of working with a local screen-printing business that was unable to meet the terms of a state grant it received, Carroll County has seized the company’s assets as collateral.

    After a Carroll County Industrial Development Authority review, Classic Creations was found to be unable to fulfill the obligations resulting from a performance agreement that was issued along with a Virginia Tobacco Commission grant that the IDA secured for the company in November 2015.

  • Veterans honored in Galax

    Members from all branches of the military came together to celebrate Veterans Day in a half-hour ceremony at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial in Galax on Sunday.

    Speakers included Steven Combs, who serves as deputy commissioner from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and Ken Wiseman, a commander in the VFW. Prayers were offered by the Rev. Ed Paisley and Tommy Nichols, chaplain of VFW Post 7726, with U.S.

  • Passenger jumps from tractor-trailer after brakes fail

    FANCY GAP – Tuesday morning, the Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Interstate 77 involving two Freightliner tractor-trailers, during which the passenger of one vehicle exited while it was still in motion, just seconds before the crash.

  • Quilts of Valor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence on Saturday, Nov. 10.
    In honor of Veterans Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11, the quilts, which were hand-made by members of the foundation, were given as a symbol of support, comforting and healing, “to honor the veterans who have been touched by war,” said Carolyn Patton of the foundation.

  • Man charged with stealing from vending machines

    A series of vandalized vending machines led to the arrest of a Grayson County man by Galax police officers, according to Chief DeWitt Cooper.
    On Oct. 29, Officer A. Newman responded to a call of a damaged vending machine.
    Upon arrival, he noticed there were two machines broken. Newman, Senior Police Officer Darrin Alley, and Sgt. Trevor Jefferson proceeded to check other damaged vending machines in the city, and located three more.

  • IDC helps Dalton find place in world

    Submitted by Mount Rogers IDC

    Marty Dalton looks forward to a lot more than his paycheck during his four-hour shift at Lowe’s in Galax each Monday through Friday.
    “My favorite part is getting out for four hours every day,” he said. “I enjoy the work too.”
    Dalton utilizes a wheelchair since a 2013 car accident. For the last 14 months, Dalton has been employed in the plumbing section at Lowe’s. He knows plumbing and he knows how to work, Dalton was just looking for an opportunity.

  • Griffith, Kaine retain seats in Congress

    Staff Reports

    While Virginia continues its transformation into a progressive “blue state” with a series of recent Democratic victories in statewide races, the majority of local voters staunchly held on to conservative “red state” values on Tuesday.

    Democrats took back control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election, but most voters in the Twin Counties still favored Republican candidates.