Today's News

  • Altavista ends Maroon Tide run

    SALEM –– With two reigning state champions in the Group 1A final four, it may have seemed a foregone conclusion that Radford and Altavista would square off in the championship game next week in Richmond, the only question being in filling in the details of how each would get there. But attention to detail this year got Galax 19 wins, and it gave the Maroon Tide a chance down the stretch at pulling off a mighty upset.

  • Fire destroys buildings, burns 20 acres

    UPDATED 3/12/14:

  • Readers' Hotline 3/10/14

    As our country leaves normal to a more abnormal society, will gays have their own restroom? Face it, no one wants a person sexually attracted to them while they are in the restroom.

    Only rich should vote

  • Dog owners should take responsibility

    It’s easier and more convenient for dog owners to just open the door and let their pet outside for a bathroom break or a run around the neighborhood. After all, what harm could five minutes do?
    This is a thought that these owners eventually regret when they hear that sickening squeal of tires on the blacktop near their house.
    Or, when they open the door to call them back, just to find an empty yard.
    Or, when their local animal control officer notifies them that their dog has killed the neighbor’s poodle.  

  • Medicaid expansion divides legislature

    UPDATE: 3/9/14:

    Mental health reform? Check.

    Ethics reform? Check.

    State budget to fund core government services? Nope.

    Hopelessly divided over Medicaid expansion, General Assembly partisans departed the Capitol on Saturday afternoon at the close of this winter's 60-day session without agreement on the next two-year budget.

  • Man pleads guilty to assault


  • Parkway tourism creates $902M benefit

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 15.2 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2012 spent $902 million in communities nearby.
    That spending supported 12,168 jobs in the areas adjacent to the parkway, including the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties. It’s hard to know how many of those jobs are local, as the federal report did not break down the spending or employment by locality.

  • Former Rooftop director convicted of embezzling

    Christina Leigh Bedsaul, Rooftop of Virginia CAP’s former executive director, entered a no contest plea to three counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery in Grayson County Circuit Court on March 5.
    These pleas were made in connection with a case of unauthorized transfers of Rooftop funds, in three separate incidents that date back to 2007, according to court records.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    A Galax man was arrested on drug charges on March 6, according to a police department report.
    Garnett Alan Price, 60, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett after a traffic stop. Price was charged with reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I/II narcotic, possession of a Schedule III narcotic and possession of a Schedule IV narcotic.
    Price was released on bond pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Hillsville police chase down suspect to serve warrant