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Today's News

  • Putting on a wingding

    “You would be amazed how hard it is to glitter a chicken,” says Lori Baumgardner at the No Pro Wing Show tent.

    She’s indicating one of the awards for the amateur wing contest at this year’s Smoke on the Mountain, a shiny gold plastic chain with a spangly silver poultry silhouette dangling from it, called “the golden chain of the wing.”

  • Search for missing man ends with murder charge

    Staff Report

    LOWGAP, N.C. — Police in Surry County have charged a man with murder in connection with human remains found Saturday in Lowgap.

    They believe the body is a Surry man who has been missing for close to a year.

    The Lowgap community is just south of Galax, Va., on Route 89.

    In a statement issued this weekend, Surry County Sheriff Steve Hiatt said his office worked with the Mount Airy Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to search a property at 321 Bowtie Lane in Lowgap on July 20.

  • Brown named new Galax tourism director

    Emily Brown, formerly a science teacher at Galax High School, has been named Galax’s new tourism director.

    Though she doesn’t come from a tourism background, Brown brings a lot of experience in organizing large public events and a love of the city to the job, the Galax native says.

  • DEA tracks opioid pill distribution

    A Washington Post analysis of newly released data from a federal database shows that two Virginia cities received the most opioid pain pills (oxycodone and hydrocodone) per capita in the country between 2006 and 2012.

    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tracks the number of opioids shipped from manufacturers to pharmacies all over the U.S. The new data shows that in many communities, the number of painkillers distributed far exceeds what would be expected, based on population.

  • Supervisors frustrated with school communication

    INDEPENDENCE — At their recent close-out meeting for the previous fiscal year, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the school board to use leftover school funding, after a debate concerning communication between the supervisors and school board and the county’s understanding of where funding is being applied.

    Prior to the vote, several supervisors expressed confusion and frustration over the communication between the two boards regarding finances.

  • Sheriff reports on recent crimes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported a series of incidents that occurred last week.

    On July 9, Cpl. Brad Hawks was conducting an investigation that led him to Teasterwood Road in Mouth of Wilson.

    Hawks and Deputy Junior Young made contact with Jimmy Dean Cornett of 511 Teasterwood Road, and noticed that Cornett appeared to be intoxicated in public, according to the sheriff’s report.

    A search of his person revealed a 380 High Point pistol and methamphetamine, the report said.

  • New service available for women at risk for substance abuse

    Staff Report

    Mount Rogers Community Services is launching Project LINK, a service for pregnant and/or parenting women and their children who are either currently experiencing or at-risk for a substance use disorder.

    Since securing funding for Project LINK in January, Mount Rogers has built a team of peer recovery specialists, counselors, childcare specialists and case managers.

  • Look Before You Lock

    Staff Report

    When you read a news story about a child who died from heat stroke after being accidentally left in a hot car, you might think, “This would never happen to me. I’d never forget my baby.”

    Statistics show, however, that these tragedies happen to even the best, most loving parents. In more than half of child vehicular heat stroke deaths, the parent or caregiver unknowingly left the child in the vehicle, according to KidsAndCars.org, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting child safety.

  • Fire destroys mobile home

    Staff Report

    Galax firefighters had a long night this weekend, tackling a structure fire and a leaky propane tank back-to-back on July 14.

    Sunday at 12:37 a.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire on Spring Run Lane, Lot 18, in a mobile home park off Fries Road.

    When units arrived, they found one mobile home engulfed in flame, with the fire threatening a second nearby residence, the GVFD reported.

  • Comcast to launch gigabit internet service

    Staff Report

    Comcast is launching an internet service that will deliver speeds of up to one gigabit-per-second to residential and business customers, and Galax will be one of the first to receive it.

    The telecom company announced last week that, beginning later this month, it will offer the gigabit internet service to customers in Galax, Glade Spring, Marion and Abingdon. Comcast said it can deliver the super-fast speeds using the existing wiring that most people already have in their homes and businesses.