Today's News

  • Cavaliers get second chance as SWD play begins at Abingdon

    HILLSVILLE –– The first half of Carroll County’s 2011 football schedule can be likened to standing in the on-deck circle before a plate appearance. Through five nondistrict games, the Cavaliers have been swinging the weighted bat, facing a lineup of teams that were very good, very athletic or very both, in preparation for the homestretch of district games.

    Carroll County gets to drop the donut tonight and step up to the plate.

  • Pioneers not to be taken lightly

    Each week, and a little more enthusiastically every time Grayson County and Galax churn out another win, it comes up in conversation.

    The subject of the discussion? November 4, of course. Galax vs. Grayson. Last night of the regular season. Two teams at 9-0.

    One thing’s for sure: such talk in either locker room will earn somebody knot on the back of the head.

  • Devils welcome Graham to neighborhood

    INDEPENDENCE –– If the Division 2 Western Section playoffs started this week, top-seeded Grayson County would open the postseason with a home game against No. 16 Graham.

    Of course the playoffs don’t start tonight. But it’ll soon be known what would happen if they did.

    The G-Men and the Blue Devils kick off the district portion of schedules tonight at Bill Strong Field as one of the more storied football programs in Southwest Virginia makes its Mountain Empire District debut.

  • Big number no big deal

    HOT SPRINGS –– Galax handled harsh conditions and a devilish couple of pin placements to win its third straight Region C golf championship Monday at The Homestead’s Lower Cascades course.

    Dealing with a wind-chill factor in the mid-20s and a hole location on No. 17 that would be right at home on any miniature golf layout, the Maroon Tide soldiered through with a four-man total of 322 to earn its fourth straight team berth in next week’s Group A state tournament.

  • Warrants provide details of Rooftop probe


  • Galax PD to create Hispanic outreach

    A $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will allow the Galax Police Department to hire a bilingual police officer and create an outreach to the Hispanic population in Galax.
    This Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) grant will provide funding for an entry-level position, including salary and benefits and training, if needed, of a newly-hired, or rehired, full-time officer position. The Galax Police Department will be required to fund the position for 12 months in the fourth year.

  • Robert Utz running in new district


  • Officers honored for bravery in apartment fire


  • Galax Fire Department to hold parade Oct. 11

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Fire Prevention Week parade on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Galax.
    The fire station will have an open house that night, as well.

  • What you need to know about holiday layaway

    If you are considering layaway plans to help finance your holiday gift giving, the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia offers some helpful tips.
    Consumers often place furniture, toys and jewelry on layaway at a variety of stores, including national chain stores, local retail stores and pawn shops.