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Today's News

  • Police: Baywood house fire suspicious

    BAYWOOD — Authorities are still sorting out events surrounding a suspicious May 10 fire that gutted a Baywood family’s mobile home, but police have arrested a neighbor they say shot into the home the previous evening.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded around noon to a 250 Cold Springs Lane structure fire that a sheriff’s office news release termed “suspicious in nature.”

  • H.E.R.O. Day honors first responders

    Families mingled with local heroes last Saturday during the annual H.E.R.O. Day event in Hillsville.

    H.E.R.O. is an acronym for “Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.” Held at the Carroll County Recreation Park, the day-long event gave the community an opportunity to meet and talk with first responders, examine their equipment and view demonstrations of training exercises and procedures that are used in real emergencies.

  • Adkins running for 20th District seat

    Former Martinsville mayor and Democratic hopeful Kim Adkins announced her intention to run for the 20th District seat in U.S. Senate on May 2 at the gazebo in downtown Galax.

    Adkins is challenging incumbent Republican Bill Stanley. The district includes Galax and part of Carroll County.

  • Carroll adds roads to six-year plan

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved five additional roads to receive upgrades through the county’s secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21.

    In April, the board announced that a draft was available to view for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan. The working draft of the 2015-16 priority list included the surface treatment of 26 roads within the county, in addition to traffic services, engineering and survey costs.

  • Wilson remembered as firefighter, former Galax mayor

    The late Glenn Graybill Wilson — city council member for nearly three decades, former Galax mayor, volunteer firefighter for more than half a century, ambulance driver, funeral director for more than 40 years and ice cream man — wore many hats in his lifetime.

    According to those who knew him, he wore every one of them while pursuing the continual betterment of Galax, but took plenty of time to laugh, too.

  • Readers Hotline 5/25/15

    Supports trades class
    When I moved my family to beautiful Grayson County, I thought, “how lucky.” Now, I wonder about my children’s education. The vocational programs — building trades were great. Now gone. How about us doing something stronger. The school superintendent and school board need an overhaul. Why lose what we have?

    Republican potholes

  • Lindsey’s homer lifts Blue Devils

    RICHLANDS –– Emily Lindsey smacked a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lift Grayson County over Richlands 4-1 in a nondistrict softball game Monday.

    Autumn Halsey led off the sixth with a single up the middle, and a fielder’s choice on Grace Circle’s grounder left both runners safe. Nikki Lundy’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners before Lindsey cranked her game-winning homer to right.

  • Baums win Dannelly 10K

    Jon Baum and Priscilla Baum, both of Madison Heights, were the overall male and female winners of the 17th annual Dr. Ed Dannelly III New River Trail 10K, held May 9 and sponsored by the Galax Recreation Department.

    Jon Baum, 41, posted a time of 38 minutes, 17 seconds to outpace runner-up Harry Hudson (41:18) and two-time former winner Josh Fridley (41:48).

    In the female division, 17-year-old Priscilla Baum ran a 50:37 for her first win in the event, followed by Kim Kitts (51:58) and Megan Boyles (51:13).

  • Galax picks up steam, wins third straight, 9-4 over Chilhowie

    CHILHOWIE –– Galax got its third straight complete game pitching effort and has won three straight after a three-game skid, knocking off fellow Conference 46 member Chilhowie 9-4 in a nondistrict game Wednesday afternoon.

    Stew Merdian went the full seven innings on the mound for the Maroon Tide (12-5), allowing one earned run on just four hits, striking out 10 and walking four.

  • Grayson, Galax reach regionals

    Grayson County earned a pair of conference tennis championships this week. In the big picture, both the Blue Devils and Galax are still alive.

    The Blue Devil boys defeated Galax 5-1 to claim the combined Conference 39/46 team championship on Grayson’s home court Wednesday, a day after the Grayson County girls toppled Graham 5-1 for the Conference 39 title in Bluefield.