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Today's News

  • Virginia facing teacher shortage

    Additional reporting by Landmark News Service

    As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they needed.

    That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young people to go into a lower-paying field when they’re facing student-loan debt from college. Virginia also faces competition for teachers from other states who recruit nationally.

  • Fries fire under investigation

    FRIES — A structure fire on Winding Road in Fries on Sept. 13 was referred to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

    Firefighters were called to the home at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road at about 4 p.m. that day.

    According to Fries Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Underwood, the small house had been abandoned for about eight years.

  • State offers amnesty for delinquent taxpayers

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced the start of the 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program, which provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest between Sept. 13 and Nov. 14.

    Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the program assumes collection of $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health and public safety, as well as provide a cash reserve.

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  • Maroon Tide Invitational pulls in 900

    HILLSVILLE –– The Maroon Tide Invitational cross country meet drew its largest turnout ever Wednesday for what may be the final running of the event at its current home.

    The 24th renewal of the meet, hosted by Galax High School, brought in nearly 900 runners in three divisions, representing 39 high schools and middle schools from Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. The meet has been held on the grounds of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center since 2000 and, including district and region events, Wednesday’s was the 45th race held at SWVTC.

  • Montgomery places fourth for Cavaliers in Three Rivers golf

    SALEM –– Carroll County’s Trey Montgomery finished in a tie for fourth place Tuesday at the Three Rivers District golf tournament at Hanging Rock Golf Club.

    Noah Clark of Giles breezed to a six-stroke win in the individual competition, shooting a 2-under-par 70 to top Radford’s B Davis. Trevor Price of Radford was third with a 79 while Montgomery, Braxton Gilmer of Giles and Mark Mason of Floyd County were all one stroke back at 80.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps Bears

     

    We see you, Sophie Haga.

    Bringing awareness to cystic fibrosis and welcoming back a teammate who has been battling the condition, Galax held off a first-set challenge before cruising past Bland County 3-0 in a Mountain Empire District match last Thursday.

    Haga, a sophomore, did her fair share in her first action of the season, registering a pair of kills and three aces as the Maroon Tide improved to 5-5 overall, 2-2 in district play with the 25-20, 25-14, 25-14 win.

  • Glenvar caps Twin County sweep

    SALEM – Glenvar welcomed Carroll County to the Three Rivers District last Friday night but the Cavaliers proved to be no match for the powerhouse and lost 49-14.

    The Cavaliers had been members of the River Ridge District for the past four years and moved into the Three Rivers this season.

    Glenvar (5-0) limited Carroll (1-4) to 49 yards of total offense.

    Ironically, with the defeat of the Cavaliers, the Highlanders have beaten all three area teams, including Galax and Grayson County.

  • Devil upset bid falls short

    MARION –– In playing its first game ever against Marion, Grayson County also squared off for the first time against a school starting with the letter ‘M.’ Two fourth-quarter return touchdowns turned the game – and that M – upside-down.

    The Scarlet Hurricane picked up its fifth W of the season by returning a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns, overtaking the Blue Devils 18-10 in a nondistrict game at Hurricane Stadium.

  • Foundation has helped grads achieve dreams for 30 years

    For the past 30 years, Galax residents have opened their hearts (and their checkbooks) to support the scholarships offered by the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education.

    The foundation has handed out more than $1 million and helped hundreds of Galax graduates achieve their dream of going to college since it began in 1987. It has come a long way since then, when the foundation awarded only two scholarships, totaling a mere $500.