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Today's News

  • Businesses thanked for contributions to school

    INDEPENDENCE — Two local individuals and their companies were recognized by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors this month for their contributions to assist the school system with the football stadium bleachers renovation project.

    Proclamations were approved and presented by the board to Randall Eller and Independence Lumber, and to Gus Hill and Hill’s Coal and Trucking, during the regular monthly meeting on Sept. 15.

    “These two companies contributed a lot to the bleacher project,” said County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.

  • Galax team finishes second in Great Race rally

    Staff Report

    The phrase “to finish is to win” took on real meaning when 84 antique vehicles crossed the finish line in Moline, Ill., out of 109 that started the 2016 Great Race in San Rafael, Cal.

    The Crooked Road Racers, a local team made up of members of Boy Scout Troop 188 and their leader and driver, Dr. Tom Littrell, competed in this year’s rally-style race. The Galax team placed second in the youth division and 46th overall. They drove Littrell’s 1928 Model A Ford Roadster Highboy over 2,500 miles.

  • Galax waits to see if lottery plan wins approval

    Galax could receive up to $160,000 in additional state funding per year if a plan goes forward to return some revenue from Virginia Lottery sales to localities.

    In August, City Manager Keith Barker said he received a request for support from a group of Virginia mayors who want legislation passed by the General Assembly that would reallocate some of the lottery funds.

  • Firefighters receive grant for new equipment

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department will receive $180,381 in federal funding to buy new air packs and turnout gear.

    The money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

  • Readers Hotline 9/26/16

    Not enough
    The NCAA cancelled all college championship games in North Carolina due to the HB2 bill in that state. The president said there was a tremendous concern to doing the right thing in this complex issue. If the president was concerned along with the NCAA, then why don’t they cancel all sporting events and all activities in the state of North Carolina? Just a question. Why just championships if they are concerned about their athletes?

    Secret ballot

  • Festivals celebrate local character, bring communities together

    It’s that magical time of the year again: the leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, our tasters are set for holiday treats and the streets are lined with vendors, performers and other fun things for families to enjoy just about every weekend.

  • Cavs escape Maroon Tide

    After a cakewalk of a first set it appeared Carroll County was in for a short night in its nondistrict venture to Galax Monday. But with 110 total points played in the second and third sets, the Maroon Tide made the Cavaliers do quite a bit of work just to get out of town in four.

    Galax gave Carroll County all it could handle and was one point away from taking a two-set lead before the Cavaliers staved off the upset bid and finally came away with the 25-10, 26-28, 29-27, 25-14 win.

  • REMEMBER WHEN

     

    2011

    * Grayson County hung 58 first-half points on a team that would go on to win a state championship, blasting Clintwood 61-6. The game was scoreless with less than four minutes to go in the first quarter when the Blue Devils detonated for eight touchdowns by halftime.

    * Galax ended a 12-game losing streak to Radford, taking a 30-0 halftime lead in a 43-0 win over the Bobcats. Three Galax backs rushed for between 45 and 85 yards each as the Tide outgained Radford 306-120.

     

  • Tide rallies past Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax can count itself very fortunate that humans have five digits at the end of each extremity instead of just four. There was barely enough room for the Maroon Tide to stick anything but a pinky toe in the door as it was being slammed.

  • Grayson advances to golf regionals

    TAZEWELL –– Grayson County finished second in the Conference 39 golf tournament last Wednesday, earning a trip to next Tuesday’s regional tournament.

    Seven teams participated in the tournament held at Tazewell Country Club.

    First place, with a team score of 315, went to Virginia High of Bristol, with the Blue Devils putting a 352 on the board. Both will advance to the Region 2A West tournament, scheduled for Oct. 3 at Draper Valley Golf Course.