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Today's News

  • State committee will look at needs of aging schools

    Sen. Bill Stanley Jr. (R), who represents Carroll County and Galax in the Virginia Senate, will chair a new subcommittee, the first ever to look at school facility modernization in the commonwealth.
    Among the bipartisan committee’s members is another local representative, Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County).

  • Rabid skunk reported in Galax

    A rabid skunk possibly bit a cat on Parkwood Road in Galax, according to a statement issued by the Virginia Department of Health and circulated among local veterinarians.
    The cat is unidentified. The skunk, which was seen staggering, circling and falling over, may also have interacted with a dog. If anyone or their pets have had recent contact with a suspicious skunk in the Parkwood area, contact the city health department at (276) 236-6127. Please check them for wounds or injuries, and have their rabies vaccinations up to date.

  • Stuart inks with Highland Cavaliers

    Jacob Stuart missed a season of baseball following his sophomore year due to medical reasons but was granted an extra year of eligibility be the Virginia High School League. He learned something about himself in that down year that most baseball players don’t realize until they hang up the spikes for good.

    “It made me realize how much I missed baseball,” he said.

    If all goes as planned, he won’t have to miss the game for at least another four years.

  • Galax lineman headed to Ferrum

    Ferrum College wants Christian Brown. But only if his high school coach is willing to let go of him.

    A four-year starting lineman for Mark Dixon at Galax, Brown signed a letter of intent Thursday to play football for the Panthers. Dixon is obviously thrilled for Brown but will regret seeing him leave.

  • Galax continues assault on MED

    RURAL RETREAT –– Galax remained undefeated in MED baseball action by rolling over Rural Retreat 19-2 in five innings Wednesday.

    The Maroon Tide (7-2, 5-0) took command early with a four-run top of the first, adding nine more runs in the second. Two runs scored on a Rural Retreat error, which was followed by RBI hits from Kolby Barnes and Joseph Berry.

  • Grayson bashes in two wins

    INDEPENDENCE –– Two huge innings translated into one short softball game Wednesday afternoon as Grayson County hammered Marion 11-0 in a five-inning nondistrict game at the Grayson Rec. Park.

  • Blue Ridge junior tour gearing up for 20th season

    The Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour is entering its 20th season and registration is now underway for this memorable year that will include a few extra commemorative gifts.

  • Grayson, Cavaliers stay hot

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County won Friday for the fifth time in as many games, overpowering Rural Retreat 14-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson Rec Park.

    The Blue Devils (8-3 overall, 3-2 district) opened with a seven-run first inning and cruised from there to a five-inning run-rule victory.

    Grayson scored five runs by the time the initial out was recorded in the first, beginning with back-to-back two-run base hits by Jake Hollingsworth and Cal Campbell. Chris Meredith capped the big start with a two-run triple to right.

  • Cavaliers breeze past Tide 4-1

    Taylor Spangler hit a two-run home run in the first inning last Thursday to stake Carroll County to an early lead against Galax and the Cavaliers never trailed as they defeated the Maroon Tide 4-1 in a nondistrict softball game at Mountain View Park.

    The Cavaliers came into the game with a 5-2 record, fresh off of a one-hit 3-0 shutout victory over Alleghany last Wednesday, while the Maroon Tide had a 6-2 record.

    Both teams had their ace pitchers in the circle, Emily Cook for Carroll County and Hayden Cassell for the Maroon Tide, and both played a strong game.

  • Carroll rallies to nip Galax

    As the late-afternoon chill, propelled by a steady, stiff breeze, permeated nearer and nearer to the bones of those hearty souls in attendance, Carroll County generated a little heat when it was most needed.

    Having seen a seven-run lead disintegrate into a two-run Galax advantage, the Cavaliers scored three error-aided runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to nip Galax 12-11 in a nondistrict game Thursday at Felts Park.