Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 9/12/11

    Editor’s Note:
    Last week, a caller expressed a concern over an automated answering machine at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Richard Vaughan addressed the issue: “The auto-attendant is programmed to answer calls after three rings. When the dispatcher is busy with emergency calls and cannot answer before the three rings, the auto attendant answers and directs them to choose which division of the sheriff’s office that they need.”

  • Heroes of 9-11 remembered


    HILLSVILLE — The sirens that sounded, the rendition of "Taps" played by a JROTC student and the lowered flags at the Grover King VFW Post 1115 remembered the heroes and the patriots of the 9-11 attacks. 

    The sirens signaled the memorial's start at 8:46 a.m., the moment of the terrorist attacks began 10 years ago with the first plane crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Three planes caused loss of life and destruction at the center of commerce in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia.

  • Degree of difficulty increases for Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– Imagine Carroll County’s football season in terms of a linear graph. The blue line is the level of improvement shown by the Cavaliers. The red line is the level of the competition the team faces from week to week.

    While the blue line is on an inclined plane, unfortunately, so is the red one. For now, the Cavaliers are holding out for the day those two lines intersect. 

  • Devils, Indians looking for 3-0

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County and Rural Retreat will both seek to improve to 3-0 on the year tonight when the two meet for a nondistrict game at Rural Retreat Community Stadium.

    While both teams put up some impressive offensive numbers, what stands out about last week’s action was the defensive job done by the Blue Devils in their 40-7 win over Chilhowie.

  • Tide hosts improved Mustangs for homecoming

    Only part of what you may have heard about Eastern Montgomery is accurate.

    Yes, the Mustangs were absolutely devastated by graduation. Yes, the defending Division 1 state runner-up doesn’t look anything like last year’s team. Yes, EastMont is starting over.

    What may come as a shock is that Galax could easily be facing a 2-0 football team tonight.

  • Donithan pleads guilty to charges

    ROANOKE — A 32-year-old Galax man faces enhanced penalties after pleading guilty to illegal drug offenses where there were guns involved.
    Shannon Donithan appeared in federal court in Roanoke on Tuesday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine, court papers say.
    The maximum penalty that could arise includes a $10 million fine and a prison term of life, according to the plea agreement in the case.

  • High winds, rain cause damage in Galax


  • Man leads police on chase through two counties

    An attempted traffic stop resulted in a chase through two counties on Sept. 4.
    According to a report from the  Grayson County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Travis Jefferson attempted to stop a gray GMC truck near the county line on Ivanhoe Road near Fries at 11:30 p.m.
    The vehicle accelerated and attempted to elude Jefferson, who pursued the vehicle traveling north into Carroll County.
    “The vehicle reached speeds in excess of 70 mph and was driving in a very reckless manner,” the police report said.

  • Chief explains problems with answering calls

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Fire Chief John Smith attended the August town council meeting to explain problems with answering daytime calls.
    Smith said that, because several members of the department work outside the area, they were unavailable for daytime fires.
    “This is a problem for many departments,” Smith said. “We always have a call covered, but we are limited to the number of firefighters who can make the run. I work in Sparta [N.C.] and it would take me more than half an hour to get here.”

  • Galax Homecoming Court 2011


    Galax High School’s homecoming game will be held Friday. Homecoming court members include (from left, front) Grace Wilson, Kristin McMickle, Ashley Nale, Allison White, Holly Mays, Hailey Cassell, Harley Brewer, (back) Chantasy Cottrell, Julianna DiGiacomo, Channing Russell, Rebecca Shirey and Jade Webb.