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Today's News

  • Home a total loss from fire

     

    Twin County E-911 received a report of a fire at the Coulson residence at 824 Wildcat Road in the Laurel section of Carroll County on Thursday at approximately 4 p.m.

    Hillsville Fire Department officials said the residents believed that the fire started in a heater mounted in the ceiling of a bathroom and then spread throughout the doublewide’s roof.

    Galax firefighters responded with Hillsville and members of Laurel Rescue Squad.

    Firefighters considered the home a total loss from fire and smoke damage.

  • All-region teams announced

    Galax’s Clif Conley made an impact in his first year as a member of the Maroon Tide basketball team. He made an impact on the coaches in the western half of the state as well.

    Conley, a junior guard, was chosen as a first-team all-Region 1A West boys’ basketball team, joining seven other Twin County players who were named to their respective second teams or honorable mention lists.

  • Maroon Tide drops two games on the diamond

    CHILHOWIE –– Tyler Pierce kept Galax’s bats at bay for most of the afternoon and Chilhowie avenged an earlier loss with a 5-3 baseball win Thursday.

    Galax (1-4) had knocked off the Warriors 13-3 in five innings seven days earlier. Both are members of Conference 46.

  • Galax, Marion battle to 0-0 draw

    Galax and Marion went at each other for 90 minutes with no resolution as the Maroon Tide and the Scarlet Hurricanes settled for a 0-0 draw in a girls’ soccer match Thursday at Galax High School.

    Marion controlled the tempo for most of the first half before a late flurry of activity by Galax, but neither had much to show for their efforts.

  • Maroon Tide spreads the wealth

    Basketball games every now and then will feature a player who would rather set up an easy bucket for a teammate than going to the hole himself. In that respect, the Galax boys’ soccer team has plenty of point guards.

    That’s not implying there’s a dearth of scorers among the Maroon Tide. On the contrary.

  • New gym debt likely $184,000 per year

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials have an answer to their question about the financial impact of building an auxiliary gym at the high school.
    County supervisors earlier in March requested a financial analysis of the idea to build an auxiliary gym and related facilities, including a connection between the main building and the field house to keep students from going outside as they change classes.

  • Zipline attraction planned for Whitetop

    WHITETOP — The Grayson County Planning Commission approved a special use permit following a public hearing on March 18 for the operation of a zip line ride in the Whitetop area.
    Developer Lenny Cottom attended the meeting to answer questions about the proposed project that will be on property owned by John Doyle Hensley, near the Virginia Creeper Trail.

  • Galax's new school plan on hold

    Galax City Public Schools’ recent request for a conditional use permit to build a new elementary school in the city was tabled during Galax City Council’s March 24 meeting, after a lengthy discussion resulted in a split vote among members of the Galax Planning Commission.
    Discussions were long — and, at times, heated — during the two-and-a-half-hour session that evening. Following statements from five concerned citizens, members of both council and the planning commission became divided in their opinions about the school system’s request.

  • Governor offers 2-year Medicaid pilot program

    RICHMOND — How dysfunctional is the Virginia General Assembly right now?
    So much that members back in town for the opening day of a special session on an unfinished state budget clashed over routine procedural resolutions.
    Those measures, which set rules for legislative sessions, are normally agreed to as a matter of course.
    On Monday, the House of Delegates and the state Senate split on them — an inauspicious start to a critical policy-making session when Virginia’s $96 billion, two-year budget hangs in the balance.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/26/14

    Getting in?
    In the March 17 Hotline comment, “back of the line,” talking about people criticizing and judging the gay and lesbian population and that these people are liable to get to the pearly gates and in before we get there. The Bible says we are supposed to love the sinner and hate the sin. But, if this person cannot read the Bible and see where it says you can’t lay down man with man or woman with woman. That is an abomination in God’s eyes. So, if God’s against it, how are they are going to get in the pearly gates?