Today's News

  • Galax girls down Alleghany, Cavs third at Fort

    SPARTA, N.C. –– Alleghany got 29 points from Austin Sprinkle and upended Galax 62-57 in a nondistrict boys’ basketball game Friday night.

    Fabian Santos scored 16 and Avery Hash added 10 for the Trojans, who opened the game on a 10-0 run.

  • Maroon Tide places seventh at Skeens Invitational

    Galax sent two wrestlers to the championship finals and earned a seventh-place team finish at the Agie Skeens Memorial wrestling tournament last weekend at Grundy.

  • Slow start dooms Devils at Harmon

    FLOYD –– The good news is that Grayson County held Glenvar scoring machine Jeremy Williams to below his scoring average. The bad news is that Williams still scored in bunches.

    The Glenvar guard dropped in 25 points, two shy of his average, and had five breakaway dunks as the Highlanders ran away from the Blue Devils 57-33 Saturday at the Chance Harmon Memorial Classic at Floyd County High School.

  • Grayson Co. subdues Pioneers

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County has been there, starting four talented sophomores, as did Fort Chiswell on Friday night in the Mountain Empire District girls’ opener for both schools. The difference is, that was two years ago for the senior-laden Blue Devils.

    A young Fort Chiswell team full of potential played evenly with Grayson County for the first half until the Blue Devils buckled down defensively after intermission, pulling away from a tie game to notch a 49-37 win.

  • Teens injured when pickup crashes, flips

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    A single-vehicle Grayson County crash on Dec. 27 left the teen driver in critical condition after his pickup truck ran off the road and tumbled 20 feet down an embankment.

    The driver, Travis Wayne Joines, 16, of Sparta, N.C., was transported by helicopter to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn. following the 10 a.m. wreck, Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan reported.

  • AmeriCorps Volunteers help students with reading, math

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s Reading for Life AmeriCorps’ annual report highlighted the group’s accomplishments over the past year and needs for continuing the program.

    Reading for Life is a tutoring AmeriCorps program, sponsored by the school board. Volunteers tutor students in Pre-K through 12th grade in reading and math, and participate in a number of community and school projects.

  • Oracle Institute: many paths to wisdom

    INDEPENDENCE — “Venus, stop peeing in the sacred circle!”

    Laura George, founder of The Oracle Institute, pauses while giving a tour of the interfaith organization’s grounds to admonish her pet.

    She can’t keep a straight face and neither can the two institute volunteers – Donna Montgomery, the Mystery School Coordinator, and Katie Kennedy, the Interfaith Coordinator – accompanying her; all three are giggling.

  • Padgett was Carroll treasurer for 28 years

    Guy Padgett of Hillsville, who served Carroll County as treasurer for 28 years, died on Dec. 30 at Golden Living Blue Ridge.

    Padgett served in the U.S. Army and is remembered as an avid racing fan.

    A funeral will be held Jan. 3 at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gardner Memorial Cemetery.

    The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Jan. 3 from 9:30-11 a.m.

  • Vaughan Furniture closing after 91 years in Galax

    Vaughan Furniture Co., current wholesaler and also former manufacturer of bedroom furniture, announced today that it will cease furniture operations and begin to close.

    The closing was announced in an internal document and was first covered by the trade website (and magazine) "Furniture Today."

  • Filmmaker focuses on Crooked Road in documentary

    WOODLAWN — The Fiddle and the Plow at Front Porch Gallery will host a showing of “Crooked,” an independent film about The Crooked Road today, Friday, at 7 p.m.

    “Crooked” is a Kickstarter-financed film project written and directed by David Ensign and his son, Martin Lederle Ensign.