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Today's News

  • Chambers wins Roanoke C.C. match play title

     

    By LARRY CHAMBERS

    Staff

     

    ROANOKE –– Brad Chambers of Galax birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Matt Harmon and win the featured Amateur Division crown of the 71st Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship held at Roanoke Country Club June 17-19.

  • Tompkins takes a look back

    HILLSVILLE –– Anyone who knows Joe Tompkins knows that the man just doesn’t get in a hurry. After all, it’s taken him more than 50 years to walk away from a ballfield.

    A player through youth leagues, middle school, high school and at Pfeiffer College, then a coach in the Carroll County system since 1980, Tompkins has spent just about every spring of his life on a baseball diamond. His 19-year run as the Cavaliers’ head baseball coach came to an end this spring.

  • Readers Hotline 6/27/16

    Make an effort
    I agree with the caller in the Hotline today. It makes no sense Galax school systems do not do more to retain a coach and a great role model for our children. I think the school board needs to intervene in this situation.

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  • Supervisors should have asked before accusing

    It’s something even an elementary school student knows: don’t show up at school without doing your homework.

    Also: never take a test without studying the material.

    A kid can be forgiven for forgetting these rules, and even adults sometimes misunderstand facts. But, we have to hold grown-ups to a higher standard — especially those we elect to hold public office.

  • Ralph Stanley, bluegrass icon, passes away at 89

    Staff Reports

    Ralph Stanley, the influential, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician, died June 23, 2016. He was 89.

    Stanley’s death was announced by his grandson, Nathan Stanley. “My heart is broken into pieces,” Nathan wrote last Thursday in a post on Facebook. “My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago. He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.”

  • Federal court: restroom rules violate constitution

    RICHMOND ― A federal district court in Virginia last week ordered the Gloucester County School Board to let a transgender student use the same restrooms as other boys at his school.

    The June 23 ruling could have an impact on a restroom policy the Grayson County School Board approved in May, which says all students must use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate.

    The student in the Gloucester case was born female, but identifies as male.

  • Galax man indicted for burglary, larceny

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man has been indicted on two charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, according to court records unsealed after nearly a year.

    According to court records, Bobby Lee Hawks, 29, was indicted on charges of statutory burglary of property owned by Aaron Phillips and grand larceny. The grand jury met July 24, 2015 and returned the indictments, which were sealed until now.

  • Shelter warns of disease outbreak in cats

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE — A regional animal rescue shelter that serves Southwest Virginia — including the Twin Counties — has closed temporarily after nearly 40 cats tested positive for an infectious and sometimes fatal disease.

    According to a news release, on June 15, Angels of Assisi in Roanoke transferred in 38 cats and kittens from area shelters, many of them rural.

  • New schools in Grayson's 10-year plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system’s 10-year plan includes a new elementary school and new high school, along with smaller short-term goals, like improving teacher salaries.

    At the Grayson County School Board’s June 13 meeting, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore updated the board on the plan.

    Wilmore highlighted several goals, including heating and cooling system improvements; a new turf athletic field; a new reading program; an improvement of teacher salaries; and, eventually, a new elementary school and high school.

  • Police seek suspect in theft of work truck

    Staff Reports

    Galax police are investigating a stolen vehicle and burglary of Ramey Plumbing & Electric, located on S. Main Street, on Monday evening.

    A white 2003 Ford F-150 pickup with Virginia license plates VME-9037 was stolen, along with chainsaws. The truck had “Ramey Plumbing and Electric” on the doors, and tool boxes on both sides and the front of the bed at the time of the theft.