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Today's News

  • Strickland earns USA South tourney MVP for Panthers

    ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. –– Ferrum College freshman and Carroll County High School product Cheyenne Strickland was named the USA South Conference softball tournament most valuable player after leading the fifth-seeded Panthers to the tournament championship this past weekend with two wins over No. 4 Averett.

  • Maroon Tide whacks Bland County 14-0

    BASTIAN ––  Chances are, Galax will never play a softball game in Glengary, W.Va. But the Maroon Tide put the town’s zip code on the scoreboard Tuesday.

    Galax hung a 2-5-4-2-1 on Bland County in a 14-0 Mountain Empire District romp over the Bears as the Maroon Tide improved to 6-2 on the year with the five-inning win.

  • Spurlin goes off on Bland County

    BASTIAN –– Caleb Spurlin did just about everything Tuesday but buy the team supper and pull a box full of puppies from a burning fireworks factory on the bus ride home.

    A senior who has played nearly every position on the field this year, Spurlin went 6-for-6, hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs, leading an offensive heyday for several Galax hitters in the Maroon Tide’s 28-3 shellacking of Bland County in a Mountain Empire District game.

  • Carroll continues to roll

    DUBLIN –– For the second game in a row, there was a glimmer of hope for a Carroll County softball opponent. Just a glimmer, though, then another long day of futility.

  • Man charged with second church break-in

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man has been charged for breaking into a second local church.

    Ernest Joseph Garvie Harber, 26, is already charged for trespassing after he was found sleeping in Galax Presbyterian Church on April 8.

    According to a police report, Harber was arrested again on April 15 at 8:03 a.m. by Sgt. Mark Burnett after police responded to a burglary alarm activation at Galax First Baptist Church. An investigation revealed that someone had started to enter through a door when the audible alarm sounded and fled the scene.

  • Carroll will need time to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County, which originally was facing a budget gap of more than $3 million, has reduced that to a $2.7 million deficit, according to Nikki Cannon, interim county administrator.

    The county budget, which was originally to be presented at the supervisors’ April meeting, has been pushed back a month due to the budget not being ready. The budget committee — comprised of Cannon; board chairman Joshua Hendrick and board member Rex Hill — has been working for several months on the 2016-17 spending plan.

  • Grayson plans Wall of Fame for athletes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School officials are reaching out to surrounding school systems for ideas to revive and update the high school’s Sports Wall of Fame to include current and past athletes who deserve the spotlight.

  • Grayson supervisors approve campground changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a request from the Rev. Laura George of Oracle Institute in Independence, concerning amendments to a special use permit for Amethyst Acres Campground.

    The amended permit will allow George to swap one of the two bath houses planned for the property with a dining pavilion.

    Planning and Community Development Director Elaine Holeton prefaced a special public hearing by stating that the change was reviewed Dec. 15, 2015, by the Grayson Planning Commission, which recommended approval.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Staff Reports

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Galax Social Services has information to help anyone who needs to know more about the subject, or suspects abuse or neglect.

    Under Virginia law, an abused or neglected child is any child under 18 whose parent, or any other person responsible for the care of the child, does any or all of the following:

  • Van overturns in crash

    Staff Report

    According to an accident report issued by the Galax Police Department, a three-vehicle crash on Tuesday at 9:03 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Mountain View Avenue. left no injuries but caused heavy damage to the vehicles.

    A 1999 Dodge Caravan, driven by Pebble Sue Hawks, 51, of Galax, was crossing 58 from Waugh Drive to Mountain View when Hawks failed to yield to a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Carol Jean Nichols, 58, of Galax, who was traveling west on 58.