Today's News

  • 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.

  • Debating Keepers' role in killing

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Natalie Keepers did not intend for Nicole Lovell to die.

    Instead, she thought the plan to kill the Blacksburg teen was a fantasy, according to defense attorney John Robertson’s opening remarks Tuesday in Keepers’ trial.

    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., is on trial this week in Montgomery County Circuit Court as an accessory to murder before the fact. Keepers pleaded guilty in August to helping conceal Lovell’s body near Galax, after the girl was stabbed to death by David Eisenhauer in January 2016.

  • Town holds public hearing for downtown plan

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Independence Town Council’s plans for the downtown area ― namely, the Independence Town Park ― has been opened to suggestions from event planners and local business owners who utilize the space for local events, including the Independence Farmers’ Market.

    The council held the first of several planned public hearings to discuss the town park prior to their regular monthly meeting Sept. 11. Several farmers’ market representatives attended, along with representation from the Grayson County Library.

  • Tide third, Cavs second in golf; CC runners roll

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax finished third in a four-team 9-hole Mountain Empire District match at Wytheville Country Club last Monday.

    George Wythe placed first in the match with a team score of 142. Auburn finished second at 161, followed by Galax with 174. Rural Retreat had only two players and no team score.

    Galax players and their scores were Hunter Bowers (40), Jed Diamond (41), Coleman Morgan (46) and Alex Brannock 47.

    Peyton Coe of George Wythe was the medalist with a 2-under 34.

  • Hump day headache


    Sports Editor

    SALEM –– It could be a tough decision, choosing which is more disheartening – the fact that Grayson County’s heretofore perfect season was ruined by Glenvar with a 36-12 throttling Wednesday night, or the fact that everybody involved still had two days of either school or work to deal with afterwards.