Today's News

  • Galax’s biggest win was forged by its four losses

     Galax won its first 14 games of the 2011 season. The 2015 Maroon Tide wasn’t even at .500 until late October, after the conclusion of the eighth game of the season.

    If 100 people were asked to pick the state championship team between the two, 99 of them would have chosen the 2011 club, and the 100th  guy would have been disqualified for misspelling his own name on the questionnaire.

  • Group organizes search for Wingler on Dec. 19

    Staff Reports

    WHITETOP ― A national organization dedicated to finding missing people has scheduled a search for a Whitetop man on Saturday.

    Kenny Jarels of Help Save The Next Girl said the non-profit entity was contacted by the family of John William Wingler, who has been missing since Nov. 12.

    Wingler, 74, was last seen at his home that day. He is considered endangered due to medical conditions, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the case.

  • Suspects charged with car thefts

    Staff Reports

    An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old are charged with taking two cars and several watches from a Galax business.

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, between the night of Dec. 12 and the morning of Dec. 13, Galax Auto Sales at 602 S. Main Street was burglarized.

    After entry was forced into the business, keys to a 2004 Ford Mustang and a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, along with watches, were stolen.

  • Carroll EMS explains billing policy change

    HILLSVILLE – According to a proposal approved in the October meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, non-county residents will be subject to a more aggressive billing method for use of EMS services.

    Currently, bills for EMS services in Carroll County have been following a “soft billing” approach. This means that patients are sent three bills and after the third bill, if payment is not received, those bills are written off and not pursued further for payment.

  • From 'galaxy far away' to Galax

    Chad Tate of Fries has used his artistic talents to bring a piece of “Star Wars” from a “galaxy far, far away” to Twin County Cinema III in Galax.

    Tate built a 7-foot-tall scale model of an Imperial AT-AT (All-Terrain Armored Transport) from the original “Star Wars” films to celebrate the opening of the seventh film in the franchise, “The Force Awakens,” which opens this week.

  • Mill site sale pending in Fries

    FRIES — The goal of seeing significant economic developments in Fries is now within sight of town officials, who with members of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) announced Wednesday that BRCEDA-owned properties in Fries, including the old cotton mill site, will soon be sold to a local buyer for development.

    The authority met with Fries Town Council on Wednesday morning to enter into a standard commercial agreement for all properties in Fries that are currently owned by BRCEDA.

  • Grayson installs new lights at recreation park

    INDEPENDENCE – On Dec. 1, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors completed the installation of a state-of-the-art lighting system for the two upper softball fields within the Grayson County Recreation Parks.
    According to a county news release, the new lighting system uses the latest energy efficient technology and is equipped with dark-sky shields, which helps to reduce light pollution and mitigates the park’s light radiance effects to neighbors.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/16/15

    Trucks coming through
    I know another accident that is going to happen on Spring Valley Road at Puppy Lane. The cars are sitting out on the highway, right next to the highway and log trucks will run you off the road when they come by there. I think it needs to be looked in to and patrolled more often.

    No safe place

  • Galax woman wins spot on 'Dr. Phil'

    An episode of the syndicated talk show “Dr. Phil” featuring a Galax woman is set to air today, Wednesday.

    Christy Adams won a contest to appear on the show, after donating to a cause that helps abuse victims.

    Adams, a West Virginia native, Galax resident and local author, describes the need to address and end domestic violence as “something that’s just really close to my heart.”

  • Carroll names Cannon interim administrator

    HILLSVILLE – Nikki Cannon has been named interim county administrator of Carroll County.

    Cannon, the assistant county administrator, was appointed to the post of interim administrator by the Carroll Board of Supervisors at the Dec. 14 meeting. Her responsibilities in this role will begin on Jan. 1 and she will serve until a new county administrator has been hired.

    Gary Larrowe, the current Carroll administrator, will be leaving the position Dec. 31 to serve as county administrator for Botetourt County.