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Today's News

  • How about a limited government?

    John J. Nunn of Galax is a retired furniture manufacturer and internet service provider.

  • Governor's school could expand, as local interest contracts

    HILLSVILLE — While Southwest Virginia Governor’s School officials contemplate an expansion of their program, Carroll educators wonder if they can reignite their students’ interest in the special math and science curriculum in Pulaski.
    Sherry Pugh, assistant director and math teacher, represented the governor’s school before the Carroll County School Board at its Nov. 12 meeting while sharing the expansion proposal.

  • Va. highway projects face legislative roadblocks

    RICHMOND — A fight over landmark road funding legislation resolved late in this year’s General Assembly term evidently was just the opening round as two bills were prefiled last month seeking to take away some, or all, of its revenue.
    The transportation plan added a method for raising another $40 million for U.S. 58 projects. If passed, the bills could take away the funding mechanisms that would have provided that money.

  • Rex to close in January for repairs, new lighting

    The Rex Theater in Galax will be closed for three months starting in early January while the ceiling is replaced and the lighting is upgraded, according to Galax Tourism Director Ray Kohl.
    The doors will lock on the city’s historic performance venue following a hectic chain of scheduled holiday events.

  • New industry getting started in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Classic Creations, the startup screenprinting company locating in the Carroll Industrial Park, should be in full production early in 2014 as printing continues to rev up this week.
    In the meantime, CEO Keith Sanders remains pleased about the progress in revamping the former Gildan facility into a state-of-the-art commercial screenprinting facility.

  • Gun goes off in car, child not harmed

    HILLSVILLE — A 34-year-old Hillsville woman faces charges, one a felony, involving an incident with a loaded rifle going off in the back of a vehicle, according to Hillsville police.
    It happened Dec. 1 when Joanna Reagan Gardner stopped at the Gulf station on South Main Street after picking up an unidentified juvenile to play with her children, according to Police Chief Greg Bolen.

  • Local tree growers resist rot

    INDEPENDENCE — The elevations and steep slopes of Grayson County, Virginia’s most fertile ground for Christmas tree growing, provides local farmers with a “competitive advantage” over other places in the United States, according to information from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

  • Group reviews library books for 'inappropriate' content

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    School officials, parents and students are joining together in a proactive effort to keep inappropriate reading materials out of the Galax High School library.
    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill, GHS parent Lynn Funk and GHS honor student Maggie Turbyfill — three members of the newly-formed Galax Library Book Committee — explained in a group meeting on Tuesday that their efforts were not to shield students from difficult topics, but to offer the student body books that deal with these topics the right way.

  • Parades kick off Christmas season this weekend

    The City of Galax’s annual parade and community tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Christmas season on Friday, followed by three parades and other holiday events on Saturday in Hillsville, Independence and Fries.
    The Galax Christmas Parade will be begin at Police Square on North Main Street in downtown Galax this Friday night. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with Christmas music, followed by the lighting of the tree at 6:30 p.m.
    The parade, which travels south down Main Street, will follow at 7 p.m.

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  • Grand larceny case may lead to other charges

    HILLSVILLE — Solving the grand larceny of a 1993 Ford Fiesta might also lead to other crimes being resolved, according to the Hillsville police chief.