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  • Firefighters battle blaze at Hills Trucking

    WOODLAWN – Fast action by Hill’s Coal and Trucking personnel last week prevented potential danger and serious structure damage after several employees noticed a tractor-trailer parked near the building had caught fire.

    Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to the scene at around 9:05 p.m. on Feb. 6, to extinguish the fire.

  • Barter Theatre honors young playwrights

    HILLSVILLE — Four Carroll County High School (CCHS) students reached the semi-final round of competition for the Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

    The school reports that approximately 125 students wrote individually or in teams for the contest, which just this year received more than 300 entries from schools across the Barter Theatre service area of Virginia and Tennessee. Two plays submitted from CCHS withstood the competition and earned honors to advance to the semi-final round.

  • Virginia likely to expand medical marijuana

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Virginia inched closer to greatly expanding medical marijuana use last week after legislation passed the Senate with unanimous support – three days after its companion bill was likewise approved by the House of Delegates.

    SB 726, which passed 38-0 on Feb. 5, would let doctors issue certifications for patients to use cannabis oil to treat the symptoms of diagnosed conditions or diseases. The House version of the bill – HB 1251 – passed 98-0 on Feb. 2.

  • Bill seeks to repeal 'racist' wage law

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – More than half a century after the end of Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation in the South, legislators are finding remnants of racism in Virginia law.

    The Code of Virginia makes it legal for employers to pay less than minimum wage to “newsboys, shoe-shine boys, caddies on golf courses, babysitters, ushers, doormen, concession attendants and cashiers in theaters.”

  • Clark, Shupe honored at Bob Jones U.

    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– Former Twin County basketball players Madison Shupe and Rachel Clark were both named PlanFIRST players of the game recently for Bob Jones University.

    Shupe, a freshman sports management major from Fries, earned the honor after a 63-39 Bob Jones win over Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Fla., and Clark, a sophomore Biblical counseling major from Galax, was recognized following the Bruins’ 72-70 home win over Johnson University.

    Shupe and Clark played their prep ball for the State Line Rush homeschool team.

  • Maroon Tide, Cavalier girls clinch titles

    RINER –– Galax built a 17-point lead in the first eight minutes and locked up the Mountain Empire District regular season championship Monday with a 69-37 win over Auburn.

    Leading 24-7 after the first quarter, the Maroon Tide (18-3 overall, 11-1 district) extended its lead to 26 points, 41-15, by halftime.

  • Galax wins fourth straight

    Break up the Maroon Tide.

    After a rough start to the basketball season, Galax appears to have found its groove and the Maroon Tide picked up its fourth straight win Monday night, shutting down Carroll County 50-31 in a nondistrict boys’ game.

  • Galax enters tournament play on a roll

    RINER –– To put the finishing touches on a strong finish to the regular season, Galax needed a strong finish in its season finale.

    The Maroon Tide steamed into Thursday’s Mountain Empire District first round on the swell of a five-game winning streak after concluding its regular schedule by pulling away from Auburn, 53-44, on Tuesday night.

    Galax reached the .500 mark for the season with the win, evening its mark to 10-10 overall. Seeded fifth with a 5-7 district record, the Maroon Tide opened MED tournament play Thursday at No. 4 Bland County.

  • Carroll completes perfect run



    HILLSVILLE – It’s not often that a team can go through a basketball season undefeated in the district but the Carroll County girls’ completed the feat to finish 12-0 in their first season in the Three Rivers District Wednesday night with a 77-24 victory over James River.