Today's News

  • Use caution with charitable giving after tragedy

    After a terrible and very public tragedy such as a mass shooting, people want to help in any way possible, and that often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims.

    “Sadly, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors,” said the Better Business Bureau in a news release. “In addition, there are often campaigns set up by well-meaning individuals who may or may not be directly connected to the tragedy.”

  • Voting machines replaced to comply with state law

    New optical scan voting machines are in place to be used in all Galax elections, with a free public demonstration so voters can see the machines beforehand.

    The demonstrations will be held Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m. in the Galax City Council chambers. Voters will not need to bring ID or voter registrations cards as these events are purely to demonstrate how the new system works.

  • Hawks and Bowers punch ticket to state

    BIG STONE GAP – Trevor Hawks of Grayson County was one of five golfers to advanced to the Class 2A state golf tournament following the Region 2D golf tournament Tuesday at Lonesome Pine Country Club.

    Hawks fired a 9-over-par 80 to gain the spot.

    Other golfers who qualified as individuals were Chance Taylor of Gate City (61), Adam Hooker of Lebanon (75), Grace Gillen of John Battle (76) and Luke Wallen of Gate City (78).

  • Northside slips past Galax

    ROANOKE –– Galax gave Northside all it could handle for a half before the Vikings wore down the Maroon Tide over the final two quarters, coming from behind for a 31-13 nondistrict win Friday night.

    Galax (3-2 overall) saw its three-game winning streak snapped as the Vikings (3-3) scored 24 unanswered points after trailing 13-7 late in the second quarter.

  • Blue Devils storm past Bears

    BASTIAN – Grayson County quarterback Jake Hollingsworth rushed for 134 yards and scored four touchdowns last Friday night as the Blue Devils rolled over Bland County 49-7 in a Mountain Empire District game.

    Grayson County (3-3 overall, 2-0 district) piled up 336 yards on 45 carries and Seth Phillips caught four passes, scored one touchdown and finished with 101 yards.

    The Blue Devil defense held the Bears to 161 total yards.

  • Floyd topples Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County could use a week off, and it could use a creampuff on the schedule. The Cavaliers will have to make do with just the former.

    Few things can cure an ill like winning can, but Floyd County refused to be any part of a get-well gesture for ailing Carroll County, rolling up a 302-69 advantage in total offense en route to a 28-0 Three Rivers District win Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Readers Hotline 10/2/17

    Not guilty
    This is in response to “bedroom eyes.” Could you please reveal the name of the office the barracuda works in? In my office, we have a hot young office manager and my wife is sure that this is the office the barracuda is in. I didn’t do anything wrong and my wife is fixing to kick me out because of this. Please help me.

    Good for Galax

  • School system requests additional funding

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the school system has created a capital improvement plan, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s request for additional funding.

    Part of the money approved included a literary fund request that was tabled in August, following the board’s request for a capital improvement plan from the schools.

  • Truck overturns in U.S. 58 collision

    Staff Report

    A Galax woman was charged in a two-vehicle crash that occurred last Thursday afternoon on U.S. 58, when she reportedly struck a vehicle, causing it to overturn.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper Brian Phipps, officers were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 58 and Beeline Drive on Sept. 28 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Officers arrived to find a 2015 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Jason Hawks, 34, of Galax, overturned in the median of the highway.

  • Carilion clinic to reopen

    Staff Report

    Carilion's Family and Internal Medicine Clinic in Galax will reopen Monday, after closing for more than a week to address an elevated level of radon gas, and the Galax Family Practice walk-in acute care clinic and the Vaughan-Bassett Employee Health Clinic will reopen on Saturday.