Today's News

  • Radford rolls over Maroon Tide; Highlanders top Grayson County

    Radford pitcher Reece Williamson shut out Galax over the final six innings and helped his own cause at the plate Monday as the Bobcats pulled away for an 8-3 nondistrict baseball win at Felts Park.

    Galax took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first on a Caleb Spurlin RBI single, a sacrifice fly by Matt Coomes and a Lucas Dalton squeeze bunt but that was it for the Maroon Tide as Williamson scattered six hits across the final six innings.

  • Grayson hangs on

    INDEPENDENCE –– The fact that Grayson County had wasted a six-run lead in a loss to Glenvar two years ago was pointed out in the Blue Devils’ dugout Monday. Whether or not the subject was broached in the Highlanders’ dugout can’t be confirmed, but it nearly came up on the scoreboard nonetheless.

    Grayson County whacked its way to a 6-1 lead and saw Glenvar pull to within a run before the Blue Devils escaped with a 6-5 nondistrict win at the GNB Baseball Complex.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/4/16

    Long timeline
    There is much too long a process in this country for those wanting to be president of the United States. If you are a governor or senator, do your job. Then, there are those tired of counting their millions and figure, “I guess I will run for president.” As for ISIS, what is wrong with people today? Because they don’t get their way, they lash out and kill or maim innocent people. Such hatred.

    Hanging out

  • Attacks renew debate over pit bulls

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Recent pit bull attacks in the Twin Counties and elsewhere have sparked a fierce debate about whether the fault lies in the dogs’ owners or in a genetic predisposition to violence.

  • Harper trial set for five days in July

    INDEPENDENCE — The trial date for George Albert Harper III, who is charged in the 2002 first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will be held the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to a review of the case last week.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court scheduled a review for Harper’s case on March 31, which Harper’s attorney, Edgar DeHart, said was to confirm everything was in order before the trial and to confirm the date.

    The courtroom has been reserved for five days.

  • City to replace entrance signs

    The City of Galax will remove and replace its entrance signs, which have welcomed visitors for more than 20 years.

    The new signs will keep the same theme — a fiddler representing the city’s musical heritage — but will last much longer.

    At the March 14 Galax City Council meeting, Chris Pollins, chairwoman of the city’s Public Arts Committee, ask the city for approval of the project.

  • Radio station changes name, format

    If you tune in to 1360-AM on April 1 and hear “Stairway to Heaven” instead of “Amazing Grace,” it’s not an April Fool’s Day prank and you’re not having a flashback to the radio station’s format from the 1970s.

    At noon on April 1, the Galax station is changing its format from gospel to classic rock, and its call letters from WWWJ to WCGX, “The Cat.”

    The new station will launch by playing Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.”

  • Morgan sentenced on fraud, tax charges

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON – Robert Donald Morgan III, 44, of Hillsville will serve six months in prison after his conviction on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.

    Morgan previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to willfully fail to pay taxes. Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Morgan was sentenced to six months imprisonment and ordered to pay $284,796 in restitution.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/30/16

    Law for everybody
    I saw the other day where one of the guys running for city council got a parking ticket. I watched that man from the city put a parking ticket on it. If he runs for city council, looks like he would have to obey the laws, too. He knows what the laws are. I just want everybody to know that.

    Buford’s the best

  • Public record for 3/30/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed: