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Today's News

  • Davis chosen to fill Galax council seat

    After a closed-session meeting on Monday night, Galax City Council appointed Bill Davis Jr. to fill the empty council seat left by former council member Bill Webb, who officially stepped down earlier this month.

    Davis serves on the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and Southwest Regional Enterprise Center boards. He is also the manager at First Citizens Bank in Galax.

  • School chiefs applaud potential SOL changes

    RICHMOND — Local school superintendents reacted positively to the state Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee’s first round of interim recommendations released earlier this month.

    The 12 recommendations will now be sent to the Board of Education and the General Assembly, detailing ways to reform the SOL assessments, recognize and promote student growth and encourage creativity in the classroom.


  • Galax hosts Grayson National event as holiday tournaments commence

    The Galax High School girls’ basketball program will host its second annual Grayson National Bank Holiday Classic, a three-day varsity-JV combo event starting scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

    The tournament will be made up of both a varsity and a JV bracket consisting of Galax, Grayson County, Christiansburg, Pulaski County, Patrick Henry, Marion, Mount Airy, N.C. and Forbush, N.C.

  • Larrowe, McGrady pick up VHSL all-state volleyball honors

    The high school volleyball season has been over for about a month but the honors keep coming in for two Twin County players.

    Galax’s Haley Larrowe was named to the first team of the Group 1A all-state team and Grayson County’s Camryn McGrady was selected as a second-team choice on the Group 2A all-state team in voting released recently by the Virginia High School League.

  • State Line comes up short in repeat bid

    ROANOKE –– The State Line Rush returned to the championship game but couldn’t defend its title, falling 50-48 to Wakefield in the Jingle Ball Tournament Saturday at North Cross School.

  • Tide girls win first; Cavs split

    CHRISTIANSBURG –– Galax got off the schneid after an 0-4 start, blowing away Christiansburg in the fourth quarter to take a 50-29 win in a nondistrict girls’ game Monday night.

    After the Maroon Tide jumped to an 11-3 lead in the first quarter, the two teams played evenly through the second and third until Galax smoked the Blue Demons 21-8 over the final eight minutes.

  • Carroll girls roll to fourth straight

    It took more than three minutes of playing time before Carroll County finally removed the zero from its side of the scoreboard. A little more than seven minutes later, the Cavaliers were sitting atop a 17-point cushion.

    A run of 19 unanswered points proved to be insurmountable as Carroll County’s girls won their fourth straight game, this one a 60-30 nondistrict decision Friday over Galax.

  • Strategy pays off in Cav win

    Carroll County made it quite clear from the opening tip that the Cavaliers weren’t going to let one man beat them. Even if that strategy worked out – which it did –  the game wasn’t going to win itself. Winston Giles and Noah Johnson took care of that part in Carroll’s 45-44 nondistrict win in Galax.

  • Tougher laws for senior drivers take effect Jan. 1

    Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers go into effect in Virginia on Jan. 1, including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific procedures for in-person renewals.

    The new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80.

    Virginia drivers age 75 and older will no longer be eligible to renew their driver’s license electronically or by mail.

    Instead, they must apply in person for every renewal, beginning at age 75.

  • City, counties receive enterprise zone status

    RICHMOND — Galax, Carroll and Grayson are part of a new regional enterprise zone, which will help with business recruitment and expansion through state grants and incentives.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced new and renewed Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ) designations, and the application from the city and counties was approved.