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Today's News

  • Opioid addiction a state, local crisis

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – The state health commissioner has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency.

    The declaration comes in response to the growing number of overdoses attributed to the use of opioid painkillers, and evidence that Carfentanil, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid used to sedate large animals such as elephants, has made its way into Virginia.

  • Galax students prepare for life after high school

    The Galax High School’s annual College Application Week College Fair drew many colleges to the library on a Wednesday morning to offer students information and a chance to register, as well as drawing many students eager to plan their academic future.

  • Tide reaches semis

    Galax’s football field is suffering from a groundskeeper’s version of male-pattern baldness, the area between the hashes having been pulverized into a grassless, dusty moonscape due to the combination of drought conditions and added weeks of practices and games as the Maroon Tide’s season has extended now into the third round of the postseason.

    Compounding the problem is the fact that, as they say, grass won’t grow on a race track.

  • Grayson will pay for teacher raises

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Although the state didn’t come across with its share, the Grayson County school system will still give employees a 2 percent raise as promised.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Nov. 14 meeting night that the school system worked hard to absorb the once-promised $84,000 from the state in the current budget.

    He thanked Ted Phillips, director of finance, for helping to rework the budget and come up with the funds for the raise.

  • Grayson issues burning ban due to dry conditions

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County has declared a local emergency, issuing a burning ban that will remain in place until further notice.

    In a news release from the county administration office, the emergency ban was declared in response to significant fire hazard conditions throughout the county.

    “This ban is the result of extremely dry conditions, with no rainfall predicted for weeks,” the release said.

  • Galax stonewalled in semis

    Galax’s 63-21 loss to Riverheads in the Group 1A state semifinals Saturday could be analyzed a thousand different ways.

  • Carroll boys clamp down on Floyd

     FLOYD –– Carroll County limited Floyd County to eight points or fewer in all four quarters and presented Tee Jackson a win in his first game as the Cavaliers’ head coach as Carroll stymied the Buffaloes 42-23 in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.

    Carroll County led just 17-13 at halftime but pulled away in the second half by holding the Buffaloes to 10 points after intermission.

    Garrett Haynes led all scorers with 13 points for the Cavaliers and Caden Hodges added 11.

  • Playoff notes: Psst, wanna know a secret?

    Don’t tell anybody this (you know, haters gonna hate and all), but just between you and me, I never expected Galax to be here. Not back in August I didn’t, anyway. Next year? Yeah, I could buy that.

  • Carroll opens with a bang

    HILLSVILLE –– Preceding Wednesday’s Carroll County-Floyd County girls’ basketball game, a public service announcement explained to fans the VHSL’s new 30-point rule. Based on the one that has been in place for years in football, a continuously-running clock will be implemented in the fourth quarter when a team is ahead by a 30-point margin in an effort to shorten games that are woefully out of hand.

  • Readers Hotline 11/30/16

    Help the needy
    I agree with the caller about the cold coffee and stale donuts church, all these big screen TVs and such. What these big churches need to do if they have the money to buy something like that is, try to get out in the community and help people in need instead of filling their pockets full.

    Donuts and fellowship