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Today's News

  • Woman reported missing after leaving Galax

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department is seeking information about a Richmond woman who left The Life Center treatment facility in the city, but never made it home.

    Jenna Marie Pappas, 26, was last seen on June 1, leaving the Life Center. According to a statement from Galax police, “She told family members she had arranged a ride to return home to the Richmond, area. Pappas has not been seen or heard from since.”

  • Parents question Baywood closure

    BAYWOOD — Since announcing last month that Baywood Elementary School might close due to lack of funding for the fiscal year 2018-19 budget, school leaders have been inundated with questions from concerned citizens.

    To address as many concerns as possible, the school board held a community meeting in the Baywood Elementary auditorium on June 6; and the result was a full house.

  • S&S details plans for Wildwood expansion

    WOODLAWN – A local business specializing in shipping goods all across the United States is expanding due to growing demand for its services.

    S&S Transporters Inc. of Carroll County was announced as the first tenant in the Wildwood Commerce Park, a regional economic development project that has worked for several years to land its first industry.

    As business has grown, S&S reports that expansion operations are well underway for its newly acquired five-acre property at Wildwood, located on Virginia 620 at Exit 19 off Interstate 77.

  • GCHS student wins car by attending After-Prom Party

    ROANOKE ― This year and last year, churches in Independence partnered with the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) to provide a safe place for students to spend time with their friends after prom.

    The benefits were two-fold: the event keeps students and the community safe by offering healthy, drug-free activities and keeping impaired drivers off of the road on prom night; and this year, a local student’s participation landed him with a safe new ride.

  • Town reveals contents of time capsule

    HILLSVILLE – An abundant number of items were added to the Carroll County Historical Society and Museum this weekend, as chronicles and pieces of local history from 50 years ago were displayed.

    Citizens gathered at the entranceway of the old Carroll County Courthouse for an opening by Tom Jackson, alongside previous Carroll Drug Company owner Bill Copeland.

    A time capsule was buried in 1968 to commemorate the grand re-opening of Carroll Drug. It was excavated last month.

  • Readers Hotline 6/11/18

    Antiques or junk?
    To the person so concerned about the junk on Spring Valley Road, how about if you just tend to your property and let these people tend to theirs? They’re probably law-abiding taxpayers and they can have anything they want out there. Besides, don’t you know, it’s not junk anymore, it’s restorable antiques. Remember that. Why not just live and let live? That’s all I’ve got to say.

    Dust and mud

  • Tide tennis falls in semis

    BLACKSBURG –– Galax was the final Class 1 team standing in all three disciplines at last week’s boys’ tennis state tournaments. Unfortunately, the Maroon Tide was rewarded with just some pats on the back and a lot of ‘atta-boys.’

  • Challengers seek party nominations in primary

    Staff Report

    Tuesday’s primary election will decide who challenges incumbents in races for a U.S. Senate seat and the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District seat this fall.

    This is a dual primary, meaning that voters will be able to participate in either the Republican or the Democratic election, but not both.

  • Maroon Tide overcomes Auburn in semis, 2-1

    RADFORD –– The two goals scored in the first 14 minutes of the Class 1 boys’ soccer semifinal were double what Galax and Auburn had combined to score against one another in their previous 193 minutes of live play. It took another 60 minutes after that initial flurry, but Eric Escobar made sure that a third straight match between the two Mountain Empire District rivals would not once again require overtime.

  • Soccer parent recovering after crash on way back from championship

    Staff Report

    A wreck on June 9 during the drive back from the Virginia State Soccer Championship in Radford left the parent of one Galax High School player airlifted to Roanoke, according to Virginia State Trooper P.D. Goad.

    Felix Medina, 47, of Galax, was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty in the southbound lane of Interstate 77 around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, at the 25.8 mile marker, when he “hydroplaned; it was raining really bad,” said Goad. “He hit a spot, lost control, overturned and came to rest against a [concrete barrier].”