Today's News

  • Wilmore: no conflict with coaches on board

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s school superintendent and the school system’s attorney say that volunteer coaches are allowed to serve on the school board, citing state code.

    At an Oct. 10 meeting, Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, a candidate for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board, went before the board to request the resignations of two members, Randy Shinault and Philip Vaughan.

  • Carroll's top teacher earns training award

    A teacher at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County has received an award that will provide her with specialized training in reading and spelling.

    Sheila Hommema, a kindergarten teacher at Oakland and Carroll County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Educational Foundation.

  • Four injured in Pipers Gap crash

    A two-vehicle crash on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. on Pipers Gap Road left four people with minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

    A 2011 Toyota Corolla driven by Destiny P. Parnell, 18, of Galax, was crossing Pipers Gap Road at the Elkhorn intersection onto Soapstone Road when she pulled in front of a 2004 Ford F150 driven by David S. Jones, 39, of Galax. Jones’ Ford struck Parnell’s Toyota on the driver’s side.

  • Ballot will contain two proposed amendments

    In addition to the races for president, vice president and congress, voters on Nov. 8 will see two proposed amendments to the Virginia constitution on the ballot.

    The Right To Work Law as laid out in the Virginia Constitution currently states that forced union membership and payment of forced union dues as a condition of employment is prohibited – in other words, employment may not be denied on the basis of one’s union membership or lack of one.

  • Grant will pay for new Galax patrol cars

    The Galax Police Department will be the beneficiary of a federal grant for new police vehicles, according to a statement issued by the USDA Rural Development’s Danielle Logan.

    “We’re going to buy a couple new first-run patrol cars,” said City Manager Keith Barker, “and then retire a couple of our more high-mileage vehicles.” He said that the cars being replaced would likely get auctioned off on a government website.

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  • Maroon Tide, Cavaliers falter in league matches

    Chilhowie seized control early in all three sets and swept Galax 3-0 in a Conference 46 volleyball match Thursday night.

    The Maroon Tide battled back in each of the first two sets but wasn’t able to avoid the 25-20, 25-21, 25-16 defeat.

    Consecutive kills by the Warriors’ Rachel Hurley helped sustain a 6-0 run for Chilhowie (11-6) as Galax (7-10) fell behind 10-3 in the opening set.

  • Huge 3rd lifts Cougars past Cavs

    DUBLIN – The Carroll County Cavaliers faced off against one of the powerhouses of the River Ridge District Friday and when the smoke cleared, the Cougars handed the Cavaliers a 50-7 setback at Joel Hicks Field.

  • Another Tide back runs into the record books

    NARROWS –– Over the past three football seasons, Galax put three different runningbacks into the Virginia High School League’s record book for the obscene amounts of rushing yardage each piled up. None of them did what the Maroon Tide’s Dougie Peoples did Friday.

  • Devil upset bid falls short

    MAX MEADOWS – October surprises normally pertain to election year politics. Grayson County nearly pulled one on the football field.

    Fort Chiswell vetoed a Blue Devil two-point conversion attempt with 1:07 remaining and survived Grayson’s upset bid, escaping with a 14-13 Mountain Empire District win Friday at a blustery C.F. McKinney Field.