Today's News

  • Nothing to 'L.O.L.' about: toy scam cheats parents

    Staff Report

    Every year, there’s one “must-have” toy on most kids’ holiday wish list.

    The toy sells out fast and therefore becomes expensive and hard to find.

    This year’s hot pick is the L.O.L. Surprise! dolls and dollhouse, and the Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers that scammers are using the toy’s popularity to cheat parents out of their money.

  • Beware of puppy scams this holiday season

    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is alerting consumers to be careful with where they are looking for their next furry family member this holiday season.

    Few things pull at a person’s heartstrings like an adorable puppy or cuddly kitten. Scammers know this. And BBB Scam Tracker has seen an increase in people losing money to pet scams this holiday season.

  • Letters to Santa 2018

    Fancy Gap Pre-K


    I would like the black dinosaur from Wal-Mart. I would also like a dragon. Can I pet your reindeer?


    What do you tell your reindeer to do? I want a yoyo and a stuffed animal mouse. Thank you Santa!


    Santa can I have a motorcycle with no training wheels and some Legos? Thank you so much. Your reindeer are cool!


    I would like a bike and clothes for Christmas. How do your reindeer fly?


  • Readers Hotline 12/19/18

    Be aware
    Before anyone moves to [an apartment complex] they need go and talk to residents about maintenance or lack of maintenance, no snow removal, no fixtures of any kind, work orders left undone. So, talk to the residents, not management.

    Who decides?

  • Galax man helped out after Cal. wildfires

    Will Page of Galax went to California as a member of the Mountain Empire chapter of Red Cross last month to help those displaced by the Camp Fire in the Paradise-Chico area.

    Despite its cozy name, the Camp Fire has caused at least 86 fatalities and destroyed 13,972 residences, 528 commercial buildings and 4,293 other buildings, according to Cal Fire, a division of the California government.

  • Haga to serve 20 years

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Adam Lee Haga, 44, of Galax, will serve 20 years in prison for sex crimes against children, after being sentenced in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    According to a news release Monday by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Haga appeared before the Grayson County Circuit Court for allegations that he had molested children.

  • Carroll addresses water issues

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority met on Monday night to discuss project updates and a recent water leak in the Cana community.

    PSA Director Jessica Montgomery began with an update on the Cana well improvements project, which is funded by a Mount Rogers Planning District Commission grant for $100,000. “The grant amount is working out with dollar to dollar [costs], and Mount Rogers will accept well-related repairs, as they have done in the past.”

  • Governor announces school safety plan

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed state budget features an additional $39 million in new money for investments to ensure safe learning environments for Virginia’s K-12 students.

    Northam also is proposing to allocate $36 million to fund additional school counselors across the commonwealth, and additional money to provide training for school resource officers.

  • Cornett to promote Grayson tourism

    INDEPENDENCE — Tourism continues to be a top priority in Grayson, and less than one month into her new position as tourism support specialist, Tracy Cornett is excited to promote what the county has to offer.

    Cornett officially began her new position on Nov. 19. She filled the seat previously occupied by Rhonda Sproviero, who announced in November that she would be taking a full-time position in the county’s building department.

  • Maroon Tide falls to Auburn in season opener


    RINER – Auburn broke a close game open in the third period last Friday night to beat the Galax 63-43 in the season opener for the Tide.

    Galax led 14-12 after the first period, but scored only four points in the second period to fall behind 25-18.

    The Eagles put the game away in the third period, outscoring the Tide 27-9.

    Cade Ashworth led the Tide attack with 12 points, including two 3-pointers.

    Taylor Newcome led the Eagles with 17 points.