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Today's News

  • Maroon Tide punches state golf ticket

    JONESVILLE –– Galax didn’t have a golfer score in the 70s, but as a group the Maroon Tide scored a state tournament bid.

  • First half leads Cave Spring over Cavaliers

    ROANOKE ––Carroll County enjoyed its best offensive showing since the season’s opening week, but Cave Spring capitalized on four Cavalier turnovers and a slew of big plays to take a 41-14 win in a River Ridge District game Friday at Dwight Bogle Stadium.

    A 48-yard Ty Albritton punt return to Carroll’s 24 set up Alex Emery’s scoring run on the next play to give the Knights (5-2) the lead for good.

  • Carroll comes up short against Knights

    HILLSVILLE –– There are your garden variety 3-0 sweeps in volleyball, ones in which one team thoroughly dismantles another and gets out of the gym in an hour or so having allowed 30 or 40 points in an entire match.

    This was not one of those occasions.

  • Grayson off the schneid after 38-27 win over Graham

    INDEPENDENCE – “We needed that!”

    That was the first comment made by Grayson County coach Brett McPherson last Friday night after the Blue Devils had beaten the Graham G-Men 38-27 in a Mountain Empire District game at Bill Strong Field.

    It was also the first victory of the season for Grayson County after losing its first five games.

  • Galax erupts on Fort Chiswell

    MAX MEADOWS –– For the second straight week, Galax followed up a dominant first-half performance with a second half that was, well, not so much. This time around the first half effort was plenty enough to bring home a win at the end of the day.

  • Suppression denied in Jones case

    A motion to suppress a photographic identification procedure and eyewitness testimony in the Matthew Steven Jones murder trial was denied by Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday.
    The testimony in question places Jones at the exact spot where the body of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries, was found more than a month after she was reported missing last year.

  • Black bear spotted in Grayson County

    A bear was spotted last week along the New River and Riverside Drive, just off Route 58 outside of Galax in Grayson County.

  • Recipe for Success

    Oakland Elementary School welcomed Sophie Haga, 13, of Galax, and Chef Gunnar Thompson of Primland Resort for a healthy recipe demonstration on Oct. 1.
    Haga, who represented Virginia as the statewide winner of First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge earlier this year, shared her winning recipe for chia chicken pitas with the elementary school's third, fourth and fifth grade students. For dessert, Thompson provided a healthy dish of dark chocolate and avocado mousse.

  • Shooting near Hillsville still under investigation

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate an Oct. 4 shooting near Hillsville that left a man in critical condition.
    According to a news release from the department, officers received a call reporting “shots fired” at 6:13 p.m. Oct. 4, at Sunnyside Road and Stable Inn Road, just south of the Town of Hillsville on U.S. 52.
    Responding deputies found Alexander Burlin Davis Jr., 50, of Fries, at the lower parking lot of Sunnyside Store, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

  • Is texting to blame for bad test scores?

    English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome.
    Children today read less in their free time, goes one widely accepted argument. Another, which garners more debate, is that they’re increasingly likely to text, tweet or post to Facebook rather than engage in conversation.