Today's News

  • Bland stuns Tide; Floyd rallies past Cavs

    BASTIAN –– Don’t go to sleep on Bland County. The Bears are playing some baseball.

    Aaron Rose limited Galax to one unearned run on five hits as Bland pulled out a 3-1 Mountain Empire District win Tuesday afternoon. The Bears improved to 6-3-1 with the victory, dropping Galax to 4-7.

    Bland County scored single runs in each the first, third and fifth innings and held off a late Galax threat to seal the win.

  • Shupe, Callahan light it up in wins for Tide, Blue Devils

    Grayson County and Galax each pounded their way to easy Mountain Empire District softball wins Tuesday.

    Both teams had sluggers step up throughout their lineups, but none had more fun at the plate than the Blue Devils’ Chelsie Callahan and the Maroon Tide’s Madison Shupe.

    The two racked up a combined 12 RBIs in their separate games, combining for three home runs, three doubles and a triple.

  • Grayson sticks come alive

    INDEPENDENCE –– Carroll County has been waiting all season to be healthy. Grayson County has been waiting since opening to day to show a pulse again at the plate. The waning of the Cavaliers’ physical infirmities will help them down the road, but Grayson’s bats gave a more immediate benefit with some serious signs of life on Wednesday.

  • Thomas, Nichols to marry

    Mark Elliott Thomas and Kimberly Michelle Nichols, along with their parents, announce their upcoming marriage.

    Thomas is the son of Kathy Thomas and Stacy Dalton and Marty and Sherry Thomas, all of Carroll County.
    Nichols is the daughter of Patty Nichols of Pulaski and Jonathan Nichols of Galax.
    A May 31 wedding is planned at Foster Falls. Family and friends are invited.

  • Isom, Mays announce engagement

    Keircen Taylor Isom and Andrew Dylan Mays, along with their families, announce their engagement.

    Isom is the daughter of Donald Isom of Baywood and Lisa Huff of Hillsville.
    Mays is the son of Scott Mays of Galax and Alicia Reynolds of Hillsville.
    Maternal grandparents are the late Peggy and Junior Isom of Galax, Mary and Clifton Barr of Hillsville and the late Jimmy Huff of Woodlawn.
    Paternal grandparents are Bob and Wanda Mays of Galax, Jim and Dee Davis of Galax and Phil Grunlose of Coulee Dam, Wash.

  • Public record for 4/23/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.


    These marriage licenses were recorded in December of 2013 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Adrian Tamekas Davis, 26, and Reisa Danielle Caudill, 34, both of Independence.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/23/14

    Chapter and verse
    The scripture condemning men lying with men can be found at 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
    365 days
    I’d just like to say I don’t tell people I went to Galax schools if I don’t have to. It is weird that adults don’t know what a year is. My Galax dictionary says a period of time equal to 12 months or 365 days.

    Must earn respect

  • Tide soccer blanks Devils; Galax girls win in tennis

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax opened up a three-goal lead by halftime and coasted past Grayson County 4-0 in an MED soccer match Thursday at Bill Strong Field.

    Galax (8-0-1) got the hat trick from Edgar Guzman while Josael Urbina added a goal for the Maroon Tide.

    Keeper Misael Solis and the Galax defense posted its second straight shutout, its fourth of the year.



  • Big day, big inning propel Grayson past Maroon Tide

    There appears to be a pattern emerging here.

    Scoring at least six runs in a single inning for the fourth game in a row, Grayson County broke open a 0-0 ballgame with a big fourth inning Thursday and held on to defeat Galax 8-4 in a Mountain Empire District softball game at Mountain View Park.

    The Blue Devils (4-2) put up six runs in an inning for the second straight game, that coming after a 13-run frame in a win over Fort Chiswell and after overcoming a seven-run deficit in one inning against Floyd County.

  • Devils take 5-2 win from Tide

    The Mountain Empire District is little more than a scheduling facilitator these days, with the league now comprised of teams that, come playoff time, will compete in three separate conferences and two different classifications.

    That’s not to imply that there’s no meaning to the MED games anymore, especially when Grayson County and Galax get together. These games matter as much as they ever have, even if they don’t count as much as they used to.