Today's News

  • 'Traffick Jam' walk to raise awareness of child trafficking

    A nationwide walk-a-thon aimed at stopping child sex trafficking in Southeast Asia and raise awareness of the problem in the United States will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Participants will walk 10 miles to raise funds to build a center for boys who have been trafficked in Southeast Asia. The walk will begin at Walmart and proceed down East Stuart Drive and Main Street in Galax, ending in Felts Park where the final six miles will be completed.

  • Joy Ranch kicks off 'Appalachian Idol'

    WOODLAWN — The 2nd Annual Appalachian Idol Talent Show, sponsored by Joy Ranch Christian Home for Children, will kick off Friday with an audition in Galax.
    Appalachian Idol will be held on May 27 during the “Blue Ridge Back Roads Live” show at the Rex Theater in Galax, from 8-10 p.m.
    Though most entries were of solo singers or bands last year, there was also a dancer, a guitar and drum player and a comedy act.

  • Burris to seek re-election

    Gary Burris has announced plans to seek another four-year term on the Grayson County School Board.
    Burris, who works at McAllister Mills in Independence, is in the fourth year of his first term.
    Two other seats are also open in the November election — Providence District, now held by Wynn Combs; and Oldtown District, now held by Hobert Bailey.

  • Grayson opens MED on a tear

    Grayson County opened the week on the wrong end of a perfect game. The Blue Devils had a near-perfect finish to the week on Thursday.

    Three days after getting nothing in a loss at Floyd County, the Blue Devils got the most of their opportunities in their Mountain Empire District opener, rolling to a 12-0 win in five innings Thursday at Mountain View Park.

    Grayson County’s bats made things easy for starting pitcher Sarah Eller, who in turn made things plenty difficult for the Maroon Tide.

  • Maroon Tide, Cavalier girls stay unbeaten

     Marleigh Durham scored a pair of goals, Sonia Solis converted a penalty kick and Chantasy Cottrell also had a goal for Galax as the Maroon Tide girls’ soccer team extended its season-opening win streak to four matches with a 4-1 nondistrict win Thursday over Rural Retreat.

    Mireida Martinez had one assist for Galax.

    Abbi Ponce and Jessica Zuniga split time in goal for the Maroon Tide and combined for seven saves, five by Ponce.

  • Bulldogs sweep double header from Blue Devils

     TAZEWELL –– Grayson County missed an opportunity to take a win from what may prove to be the strongest team in Southwest Virginia Thursday night, dropping a double header at Tazewell, 2-0 and 7-6.

    A walk and a Blake Hash single put two Bulldogs on base in the second inning and both eventually scored, one on a throwing error and one on a double steal, for the only runs in the first game. 

  • Grayson boys blank Floyd to go to 3-0

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County improved to 3-0 on the year with a 9-0 shutout of Floyd County in a nondistrict boys’ tennis match Monday in Independence.

    No. 1 seed Garrett Bailey took a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sam Belcher and teamed with Mike Vaughan for a 6-2, 6-3 win over Belcher and Josh Calloway at No. 1 doubles.

    Vaughan, Mica Paluzzi, Jake Parnell, Ben Horton and Grayson Holdaway were all singles winners for Grayson County.


  • Bats awaken late in Devil win

    INDEPENDENCE –– With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning and Grayson County having collected a grand total of zero hits up to that point, Dylan Isom was rung up by the plate umpire on a called third strike.

    Good thing for the Blue Devils that it was really only strike two.

    With the at-bat still alive, two pitches later Isom later poked a single over the shortstop’s head for Grayson’s first hit, sparking a three-run rally as the Blue Devils took a 4-0 nondistrict win Wednesday over Pulaski County at GNB Park.

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  • Prevent animal cruelty

    By Suzanne Collins, Twin County Humane Society

    Twin County Humane Society reminds the public that April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month.
    Recognizing animal cruelty is not always simple. What constitutes animal cruelty or abuse?
    Unintentional abuse usually occurs when someone is ignorant of the proper way to care for a pet.