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Today's News

  • Accidental shooting of prison guard investigated

    RICHMOND — A Virginia Department of Corrections officer employed at the River North Correctional Center in Grayson County suffered an injury after what’s been characterized as an accidental discharge of a firearm in Richmond on Jan. 9.

  • State police drop Hillsville police chief probe

     

  • Ideas pitched for Woodlawn's future

    HILLSVILLE — While most speakers at last Thursday’s special meeting on possible reuses for Woodlawn School wanted to see the current activities continue, a new idea emerged to turn it into a youth and community facility known as “The Cavalier Center.”

  • Stained Glass Masterpieces

    While some take ideas spun by their muses to a canvas or a sketchbook, artist and teacher Frank Plichta takes a cutting tool to sheets of stained glass, slicing and splicing the pieces to form mosaic masterpieces.
    In the glass-cutting studio inside Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) in Galax, an hour before his first class of the year, Plichta stayed busy filling recycled pizza boxes with supplies for his students as he talked about when he first picked up the hobby.  

  • Readers' Hotline 1/27/14

    Kroger fan
    I am very disappointed to hear about the closing of Kroger in Galax. The managers and staff are very professional and courteous. This loss is very bad for our community. I always shopped at Kroger because of its selection of healthy food and organic produce. If you ask for a product, they go to great lengths to get it. Excellent customer service. I hear there are petitions to save the store circulating online and otherwise and I will certainly be looking for them to support.

    Open bar

  • Woman charged in Sunday shooting

    HILLSVILLE — Friends have been sending a 48-year-old Hillsville man get-well messages and keeping him in their prayers since learning from the victim via Facebook that he had been injured in a Sunday shooting.

  • Bourne faces drug charges

    A Fries woman faces multiple drug charges after being stopped by a Galax officer on Tuesday.
    According to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle on Allen Lane in Galax on Jan. 21 for a traffic violation.

  • Delegate off to a busy start

    RICHMOND — The newly minted 6th District representative in the House of Delegates reports working 15 hours a day in the General Assembly session, but Jeff Campbell (R) still had enough time to submit 18 bills for consideration.
    Campbell was elected in November 2013 to replace the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark. His district includes Wythe, Smyth and Carroll counties.

  • Churches celebrate King's legacy

    This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Galax was short but sweet, as guests who were filled with joy and hope shared inspirational stories of finding racial equality and defeating prejudice.
    Several congregations have made a tradition of gathering at the Gospel Temple #2 church in the Oldtown community of West Galax, where they share stories of hope and strength with one another, and celebrate the holiday with songs and praise.

  • School prayer bill passes in Senate

    RICHMOND — A divided Virginia Senate’s approval of a bill to vouchsafe student prayer in schools and give forums for faith speech at school events signified the first cultural battle of the year in the General Assembly’s upper chamber.
    Sen. Bill Carrico’s SB 236 moves to the House of Delegates after it passed on a 20-18 vote after roughly 30 minutes of debate Tuesday when supporters lauded it as a religious freedom measure and foes called it an unnecessary endorsement of one faith tradition.