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Today's News

  • Concert unites diverse styles for common cause

    HILLSVILLE — Local non-profit organization “Live for Life” is hosting a day-long music festival for child abuse awareness and suicide prevention called “Live for Life - Don’t Hasten Death” on April 4 at the Grover King VFW Post in Hillsville.

  • Galax rally falls one run short

    MARION –– Galax made it a habit last year of staging remarkable – if not downright miraculous – late-inning comebacks. It only took one game into the 2014 season to see that once again the Maroon Tide considers no deficit insurmountable.

    The downside to all that late-game noise was that those comebacks were necessary to begin with, as was the case Wednesday. Marion took a 6-0 lead after two innings and sweated out a five-run Galax rally in the seventh before the Scarlet Hurricanes held on for a 6-5 nondistrict win.

  • Blue Ridge Tour gears up for 16th year of junior golf

    Registration is now underway for the 16th season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour. 

    The tour’s 2014 schedule includes five golf academies which focus on instruction in all phases of the game, one “Golf by the Rules” clinic in which the player receives on-course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and seven tournaments including a season ending two-day tournament. 

  • Shupe leads Galax softball to opening day win

    Galax banged out seven doubles and a pair of home runs and opened its 2014 season with a 10-2 win over George Wythe in a nondistrict softball game Thursday at Mountain View Park.

    Madison Shupe had a huge day for the Maroon Tide, both at the plate and in the field. Shupe went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a two-run home run and three RBIs to lead a potent Galax offensive attack. Shupe also tossed a complete game, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, striking out a dozen and walking five.

  • Grayson, Pulaski settle nothing

    INDEPENDENCE –– That whole ‘kissing your sister’ analogy that is often applied to ballgames that end in a tie? It’s a load of baloney. Grayson County and Pulaski County both left the field Friday with a “kissing your creepy uncle” kind of look to them.

    Both the Blue Devils and the Cougars had their chances but neither capitalized as the two teams dueled to a 2-2 deadlock in a nondistrict contest that was called after eight innings due to darkness.

  • Tide teams split with Maroons

    ROUND-UP

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax broke open a 1-1 game with an eight-run uprising in the third inning and the Maroon Tide went on to run-rule George Wythe 11-1 in five innings in a nondistrict softball game Monday.

    Maroon Tide pitcher Lauren Garvey gave up a single to the second batter she faced on the day before shutting down the Maroons the rest of the afternoon. Garvey finished with a one-hitter, allowing one unearned run while striking out five and walking none.

  • Keep fighting the good fight

    Despite not getting the results they were hoping for, the hundreds of supporters of keeping the Kroger store in Galax have shown a tremendous amount of organization and effort in the past several weeks.
    When it was first announced that the store would close March 21, these folks didn’t take the news lightly. Instead, everyone got together and did whatever they could think of to convince the corporation to change its mind.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/24/14

    Well done
    Thanks to the new Grayson County rec director for a job well done. She did an awesome job this basketball season. I have been around that basketball program at the rec center for several years now and I believe this is one of the best years we have had. The schedule was great. We had all makeup games. Everything was on a timely manner. I loved how she just had everything very organized. I appreciate that and a lot of people appreciate that.

    Not ideal

  • Former teacher, principal charged

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, has been charged with hazing and corporal punishment of a George Wythe High School football player.
    “The charges issued were obtained at the direction of the Special Prosecutor appointed by the Wythe County Circuit Court for the investigation of certain complaints,” according to the March 21 release from Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, the special prosecutor.

  • Taylor challenges Crowder for mayor

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville businessman and town council incumbent will face a challenge from a long-time educator and agricultural leader in the May 6 election for mayor.
    Greg Crowder, who has served as Hillsville’s mayor since 2012, owns Race Inn and Pole Night Distribution and helped attract Classic Creations screen printing to the Carroll County Industrial Park last year.