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Today's News

  • Father, son from Lowgap charged with murder

    Staff Report

    LOWGAP, N.C. — A father and son face murder charges after a woman’s body was found in Surry County last week.

    Jimmie Calvin Anderson, 71, and Jimmie Andrew Anderson, 30, both of 160 Timber Lane in Lowgap were charged with first-degree murder on Saturday, according to Surry Sheriff Jimmy Combs.

    The victim has been identified as Jennifer Carol Sandberg Bright, 59, of 110 Lonely Hearts Trail, Mount Airy, N.C., and formerly of Galax, Va.

  • Apple Butter Time at Mountain Plains

    HILLSVILLE – A local church that has kept seasonal traditions alive for nearly 70 years will be holding its annual fall festival on Saturday.

    The tradition of apple butter making started at Mountain Plains United Methodist Church back in the 1950s. The tradition has thrived, and the church members and people from the community still use the same recipes and procedures that were developed almost seven decades ago to cook apples over an open flame.

  • Grayson Highlands Fall Festival celebrates 42 years

    Staff Report

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Grayson Highlands State Park’s 42nd annual Fall Festival will be held Sept. 29-30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    There is a $10 per day parking fee. The event is sponsored by the Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad, Fire Department, and ladies auxiliary.

    Live bluegrass and old-time music will be featured on Saturday. Music starts at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.

    This year’s lineup includes:

    • 10 a.m. - Recorded music

    • 11 a.m. - To be announced

  • Galax business competition takes off

    Staff Report

    Entries are open for the Jump! Galax Business Competition, which was announced last month.

    The competition, funded by $43,000 in grant money from the governor, is to help draw more businesses to the downtown area.

    Applications are available at GalaxVa.com or at BRCEDA.org. They may also be obtained from Jessica Milby at (276) 238-8130 or jmilby@GalaxVa.com. Regardless of where they are obtained, applications must be returned to Milby by Sept. 26.

  • Absentee voting begins for Nov. 6 mid-terms

    Staff Report

    Absentee voting for the Nov. 6 General Election starts statewide today, Friday.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail. To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of the 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application.

  • Man charged for tampering with 19 vehicles

    Staff Report

    A man found sleeping in a car in Galax was charged with tampering with 19 vehicles in the city.

    David Lee Glass, 20, of Galax was charged after officers Silverio Gonzales and Sara Patton responded to a report of a man sleeping in a vehicle on Sept. 11, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Glass was detained by Gonzales and Patton and placed under arrest for tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

  • Blevins rebuilds after flooding

    In the days following a sudden burst of heavy rain throughout the Twin Counties, a downtown business in Galax has been hard at work restoring their building from extensive flood damage.

    Blevins Building Supply, located on 302 S Main Street in downtown Galax, suffered a major loss due to flooding at their business as a result of the storm on Sept. 8, but management assures customers that they are still up and running. Cleanup is still ongoing; but customers can still access the business from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Keepers found guilty

    CHRISTIANSBURG — On Jan. 26, 2016, Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg kissed her mother goodnight, went to her room, pushed a dresser against the door and climbed out her window to meet David Eisenhauer, an older boy she was in love with.

    She never returned.

    Eisenhauer, 20, is serving 75 years in prison for abducting and stabbing to death the 13-year-old, due to fears their relationship would be discovered.

  • Readers Hotline 9/19/18

    Great cut
    I’d like to talk about a woman in a beauty shop in Hillsville. I was in the Town of Hillsville last week and decided to get my hair cut. I went in and she cut it and she fixed it a little bit and when I looked in the mirror, I was surprised she made me look like I was back when I was 17 years old, the way I wore my hair, and I’m in my 70s now. She really done a good job and I want her to keep it up. For $13, you should come out looking good instead of getting home and they messed up this and that. God bless you.

  • Area recovers from Florence

    Staff Reports

    It could have been so much worse.

    That’s the general consensus of Twin County residents in the aftermath of Florence, which started out as a hurricane before downgrading to a tropical storm long before hitting the area over the weekend.

    Still, the storm brought between two and six inches of rain over Saturday and Sunday as Florence it came ashore, then slowed over the south and dumped rain on the region before turning northeast.