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Today's News

  • Baywood voters will go to new precinct

    Staff Report

    BAYWOOD — Cody Wingate of the Grayson County Registrar’s Office has announced an updated polling location for voters in the Baywood precinct.

    Following the closing of Baywood School earlier this year, the polling location will now be located at the Baywood Wesleyan Church, at 1995 Old Baywood Road in Galax.

    All voters in Baywood have also been notified by mail of the change.

    Questions can be directed to the Office of Elections, (276) 773-2842.

  • 3 locals charged with Fort Chiswell mall arson

    FORT CHISWELL — A trio of Twin County residents charged with setting an April 6 fire that destroyed part of the abandoned Fort Chiswell Outlet Mall in Wythe County have extensive charges related to other property crimes and traffic violations.

    Court records and information from the Virginia Bureau of Criminal Investigations reveals connections between three subjects who were arrested on arson charges earlier this week.

  • Lord's Acre needs churches to participate

    The United Workers for Christ are putting forth a call for more churches to attend and participate in this year’s Lord’s Acre Sale, according to Thomas Lee, who sets up equipment for the sale each year.

    The Lord’s Acre Sale is a unique celebration wherein churches gather to sell homemade or home-grown items like produce, canned goods, baked goods, quilts and various crafts donated by their members. The name comes from farmers keeping back an acre of land to grow food “for the Lord” at the sale.

  • APCo customers to see rate reduction

    Staff Report

    An interim rate reduction will be implemented by Appalachian Power Company for its Virginia customers, beginning with August bills.

    Residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month will see a reduction in their bills of approximately $4.83, once the interim rate is fully implemented.

    The $50 million interim rate reduction is associated with the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

  • Two facing meth charges

    Staff Report

    Two people were arrested in separate cases of methamphetamine possession last week, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A Fries woman, Demie Counts, 29, was arrested on July 27 by Sgt. Chris Hines. Counts was charged with possession of meth after the K-9 officer alerted on a vehicle that she was a passenger in.

    Counts was charged by Hines and sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail on a secured bond.

  • Hillsville police arrest Pa. fugitive

    HILLSVILLE – A high-speed pursuit by the Hillsville Police Department on Monday morning resulted in the arrest of a fugitive from Pennsylvania, and additional charges in the commonwealth.

    Police Chief Wesley Yonce reported that on July 30 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Sgt. Stephen Brady observed a vehicle traveling north on Interstate 77 at a high rate of speed.

    According to the report, Brady clocked the vehicle at 88 mph, which is considered reckless driving, as is any speed above 80 in Virginia.

  • Carroll teen escapes abduction attempt

    AUSTINVILLE — Carroll County deputies have arrested a man from the Austinville community after an alleged attempted abduction that occurred the night of July 28.

    According to a police report from, at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting the attempted abduction of a 14-year-old from a residence on Poplar Camp Road, in the Austinville section of the county.

  • Cana man charged in felony kidnapping

    SURRY, N.C. – A Cana man has been charged with multiple felonies following an emergency call in Surry County, N.C., on July 20.

    Surry County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 197 Old US 52 South in Mount Airy, N.C., around 4 a.m. July 20, after receiving a report of a possible home invasion by an armed subject.

  • The upper crust

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers’ Market’s sixth annual Berry Day had plenty of sweet treats for everyone; along with their usual array of produce, crafts and baked goods.

  • Galax School board members retain their spots

    Galax School Board members were reassigned their existing roles at the July 10 school board meeting.
    With little fanfare and no conflict, Ray Kohl was reinstalled as Chairman, Jim Adams as Vice-Chair, Kathy Halsey as clerk, Kristina Legg and Kara Graham as deputy clerks, Melissa Peddy as delegate and Leah Henck as alternate to the annual VSBA conference and Kohl as representative and Spangler as alternate to the Virginia Governor’s School.