Today's News

  • Who's on the ballot in Nov. 6 election?

    Turnout could be high in Tuesday's election, with a tight race for president

  • Johnson expands with RV dealership

    WOODLAWN — Jeff Johnson has expanded his family of companies to include a different kind of vehicle.
    “It is a little bit of a departure,” Johnson said. “You’re still talking about vehicles and a type of product that’s vehicle-related.”
    Johnson Family RV, with its selection of Coachmen motorhomes and Keystone travel trailers, joins his two car dealerships nearby on U.S. 58, a business in which he recently celebrated his 20th anniversary.

  • Charge filed in I-77 fatality

    Virginia State Police have charged a truck driver with involuntary manslaughter for actions that allegedly lead to the death of a Hillsville man on Oct. 30.
    According to a state police report, Donald Ray Alexander, 44, of Houston, Texas, was driving north on Interstate 77 in Wythe County when he used a crossover that was for authorized vehicles only. He was trying to cross over to the southbound lanes in his flatbed tractor-trailer.

  • Fire causes $100,000 damage to garage


    ENNICE, N.C. — The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at Poole’s Garage in the Glade Creek community of North Carolina on Oct. 31.
    According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, an ignited gas tank caused the accidental blaze that ultimately led to heavy structural damage.

  • Veterans' memorial to be installed this week

    Members of the Veterans Memorial Committee recently visited North Carolina Granite in Mount Airy, N.C., to examine the progress of the fabrication of seven black monoliths for the Honor Circle of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.  
    The memorial is under construction next to the Galax Public Library, and the Honor Circle is to be installed this week in advance of the dedication ceremony scheduled for Nov. 11, just before Veterans Day.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/5/12

    Best he could do
    The reason Obama cannot do the things he promised, the Republicans opposed everything he tried to do. He did the best he could. Republicans want their own cronies in there so they can all get tax breaks, run over the middle class and tell people what to do. Get rid of benefits that we need. We are going to be hurting if people put Romney in office. Romney and Obama might not read the Hotline, but people here in Galax can and the ones with families, they need to think about this.

    Waiting to see




    Western Section

    Second round

    J.I. Burton 49, Eastside 28

    George Wythe 22, Rural Retreat 6

    Honaker 42, Galax 14

    Clintwood 45, Haysi 0


    #5 J.I. Burton (9-3) vs. #1 Honaker (11-1)

    #2 George Wythe (11-1) vs. #3 Clintwood (11-1)


  • Big rally lifts Blue Devils

    Unable to finish a drive in the first half, Grayson County found a way to finish the game in the second half.

    Stopped time and again by Galax deep in Maroon Tide territory, the Blue Devils found themselves trailing 28-6 early in the second half before rallying for a 32-28 Mountain Empire District win on the final Friday night of the regular season.

  • Health system faces claim of sexual harassment

    TROUTDALE — A former receptionist at a Troutdale medical center alleges in a federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by a male patient during her employment there in 2009 and 2010.
    A lawsuit on her behalf was filed in U.S. District Court in Roanoke by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, against Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems, Inc.

  • Historic Galax home to be sold

    Cliffside estate and property set for auction Nov. 8-9, including the mansion, cottages, furniture and other items.