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Today's News

  • First tune-up for Maroon Tide

    Any mountain music band desperate to come up with a memorable identity for its Saturday night performance at the 89th annual Old Fiddlers Convention could have done worse than to hang out at a football field and cherry-pick the lingo.

  • Reader's Hotline 8/14/19

    Simple choice
    Someone stated in the Hotline that they could not understand how anyone could support our president. Well, I don’t understand how anyone could support a party who wants socialism, full-term abortions, the New Green Deal and on and on. This seems to be the Dems’ plan for our country. Looks like Bernie and all the rest have fared pretty well under capitalism. We have a choice; socialism or capitalism. The choice is simple for me. Support our president and keep America strong or go socialist and lose it all.

  • Grayson police pursuit ends with arrest

    A man who attempted to elude multiple law enforcement agencies Wednesday night was caught after a chase that started on U.S. 58 and ended on Mockingbird Lane around 10 p.m., according to Virginia State Police Sgt. S. Todd.

    Todd said that Trooper R.B. Phipps saw a vehicle being driven by Vernon Bartlett, 60, of Baywood, traveling west in an eastbound lane on 58 out in the Baywood area of Grayson County.

  • Former Galax school chief remembered

    ROCKY MOUNT — Sam Cook began his job as superintendent of Galax City Schools in 1996, the same year that the Galax High School class of 2009 started kindergarten.

    When he retired from Galax 13 years later, he joked that “I plan to graduate with them,” joining those students in tackling the next phases of their lives.

    Cook ended a 42-year career when he left Galax, having served as a teacher, principal and administrator in several districts of Virginia.

  • Reader's Hotline 8/7/19

    Endless cycle

  • Galax working on flood fixes

    After last year’s late summer flooding, the City of Galax has taken short-term measures to prevent future problems, but City Manager Keith Barker says long-term work still needs to be done.

    In 2018, three major rain events occurred. A 50-year storm on Sept. 8-9 deposited 5.4 inches of rainfall over 6.5 hours; a 2-year storm on Sept. 16-17 deposited 4.3 inches over 43 hours; and a 5-year storm on Oct. 10 deposited 3.87 inches of rainfall over 12 hours.

  • Grayson launches survey to determine broadband needs

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County administrator’s office has released a survey for citizens to determine the need for high-speed internet availability in the county.

    Carl Caudill, technology director for the county, said the survey will be made available both online and on paper. Paper copies will be available at local libraries and the office of The Gazette and The Declaration, at 108 West Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Reader's Hotline 8/5/19

    Heads up

  • Whitetop's musical summit

    WHITETOP — A group of old-time musicians, some from as far away as Pennsylvania, converged on Whitetop Mountain in western Grayson County on July 14 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the last White Top Folk Festival.

    The festival ran from 1931 to 1939 (except 1937) on the second-highest peak in Virginia. The 1940 event was cancelled because of severe flooding and it never resumed. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt famously attended the 1933 festival.

    The 2019 anniversary observance was organized by Rita Scott and Greg Troxell.

  • Driver charged in crash that injured Galax couple

    A driver has been charged in connection with a Pipers Gap crash on Aug. 1 that seriously injured a Galax couple, according to a report issued by the Virginia State Police.

    The report said that a 2001 Dodge Dakota, driven by Jessie Lee Jones, 63, of Fancy Gap, rear-ended a 1989 Ford Ranger driven by Roger Lee Brown, 66, of Galax, which was attempting to make a right turn from Pipers Gap Road onto Cockerham’s Loop. The Ranger overturned on its side.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department performed an extraction.