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Today's News

  • Galax holds 9/11 memorial service

    Friends, families, first responders and city officials gathered in front of the Galax Police Department on Wednesday morning to honor and remember lost lives at the city’s second annual 9/11 Memorial event.
    The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, resulted in almost 3,000 fatalities, and many first responders died in their efforts to save the lives of civilians they had never met.

  • WWII veteran searches for lost pen pal

    When the mail arrives for soldiers stationed overseas, the contents of the mailbag can make or break the mood at camp that day.
    A letter from husbands, wives, parents, children or even a stranger is all it takes to give a soldier that important connection to the home they are fighting for, along with the means to escape their surroundings for a minute or two.

  • Murder case sent to grand jury

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll grand jury will consider a charge of first-degree murder against a 31-year-old Woodlawn man during its September term.
    The case involves the Feb. 8 death of 45-year-old Delphie Willey.
    Jesse James Owens appeared in Carroll County General District Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on charges of first-degree murder, use of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of a gun by a non-violent felon.

  • Ministry moves to new home

    Aug. 30 marked the beginning of a new chapter for P.U.S.H. Ministries, as it moved from Rooftop of Virginia to Chelsi’s Place in downtown Galax.
    The move is a turning point for the ministry, which has seen fast growth with Rooftop since they joined forces more than a year ago.
    When P.U.S.H. partnered with Rooftop, Pastor Jill Burcham said that the original goal was to start their Surrogate Daughter program, an ongoing estate sale to financially assist the senior population with financial problems.

  • Wrong-way driver on I-77 causes wreck

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police charged a 34-year-old Galax woman Monday after she entered Interstate 77 going the wrong way and caused a crash.
    Merleen Sanchez was driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima at approximately 2:35 a.m. near the 8.8 mile marker, going south in the northbound lanes, according to a report by Trooper Matt Cochran.
    The Maxima struck head-on a 2002 Hyundai Elantra driven by Muhammad Tahir of Charlotte, N.C.
    The report listed one injury as a result and $9,000 worth of damage to each of the vehicles.

  • Moped driver injured in wreck

    A Galax woman was charged with reckless driving and defective equipment on Monday afternoon, following a vehicle accident involving personal injury to a moped driver.

  • 9/11 Poem: 'We Will Not Forget You'

    To those we loved and lost on Sept. 11, 2001  
    By Sharon Kaye Dalton, Hillsville

  • Readers' Hotline 9/11/13

    Drawing the brakes
    I was just calling about drawing the brakes in Galax and all the areas around. We have always had to draw our brakes and even on a horse wagon you have to draw brakes. I guess that’s the reason the garages and wreck trucks stay so full and rescue squads — people don’t know how to draw brakes. Just keep it under control the best you can.

    Let God judge

  • Former bus driver dies before DUI hearing

    HILLSVILLE — The 52-year-old Galax man who faced two misdemeanor charges after allegedly driving a school bus while intoxicated has died.
    Ricky Lee Phillips was charged with a first offense of driving a commercial motor vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving after a traffic stop June 14.
    A citizen following the bus reported to the police that it was being driven erratically before the traffic stop.

  • Taylor's service to town remembered

    HILLSVILLE — Ivan Taylor, the former Hillsville mayor who died Saturday at the age of 81, believed that community participation served as a necessary part of good morale and progress for the town, colleagues say.