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Today's News

  • Sheetz won't open until 2016 in Galax

    Sheetz will apparently not begin construction on its Galax store until October 2015, to be completed around February 2016, according to Sheetz Engineering and Permit Manager Samuel A. Smith.

    Sheetz had initially given the city plans in August stating construction would likely begin in May 2015, according to Galax City Environmental Program Manager Philip Hash.

    “That was likely just a guess based on where they were with planning at the time,” said Hash. “I don’t know what other projects they have in the works.”

  • Police warn of 'distraction burglars'

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three recent distraction thefts, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The sheriff is requesting citizens to be on the lookout for two white males and one white female in a light blue or silver four-door sedan with a Georgia license plate.

  • Hillsville police phone system goes down

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council approved $2,600 for a new phone system for the Hillsville Police Department last week, after a malfunction rendered the former system unusable.

    According to Hillsville Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce, the phone system at the department malfunctioned beyond repair, at some point between the hours of 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, and 7 a.m. on Sept. 16.

    This was determined after the department had their phone service provider, Comcast, and their technology provider, Tech 109, inspect the system.

  • Britt, Wooten win club championships

    Sherrill Britt of West End, N.C., held off two other golfers to win the 51st Annual Blue Ridge Country Club Invitational recently.

    Britt fired a 5-under par 65 on Saturday and 67 on Sunday for a 132 total. Second place went to Brock Cox of Galax with rounds of 68-65–133 and third place to Brad Chambers of Galax, with rounds of 66-68–134.

    Other golfers winning the different flights included:

  • Vaughan, DiGiacomo battle on links

    The Mountain Empire District’s four golf-playing schools went head-to-head three times last week with Galax taking a pair of team wins and Grayson County picking up the third.

  • Marshall, Conley class of the field at Galax invite

    WOODLAWN –– Sometimes the best effort just isn’t quite enough

    Galax’s No. 2 through No. 7 runners all posted personal best times Wednesday and the Maroon Tide’s No. 1 took the individual title and missed a school record by one second, but Floyd County was able to edge Galax by five points for the boys’ team title in the Maroon Tide Invitational at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center.

  • Thornhill, Colonels romp over Galax

    ALTAVISTA –– On the move with a chance to overcome two-third of a three-touchdown deficit, Galax was soon scratching its head wondering what happened and how it happened so fast.

    One of the most explosive backfields in Virginia small-school football is what happened. 

    A slew of big plays kept defending Group 1A state champ Altavista undefeated as the Colonels exploded for a 56-7 nonconference win Friday night.

  • Glenvar powers past Grayson

    SALEM –– A lot has to go right for an 0-3 team to enter a 3-0 team’s stadium and walk out with a victory. Most of what went right, though, went in the home team’s favor.

    Glenvar bolted to a 34-0 halftime lead and was the benefactor of most of the happy plays Friday night as the Highlanders blanked Grayson County 51-0 in a nondistrict matchup at Highlander Stadium.

  • Readers Hotline 9/22/14

    Open borders
    Why do you think the dangerous respiratory virus affecting children is suddenly spreading? The answer is the flood of illegal alien children pouring across the border. President Obama has spread them to towns and cities all across the country; secretly in many cases. The border patrol personnel say many are sick — undoubtedly with this virus and other more serious diseases as well.
     
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  • Galax among state's few fully accredited schools

    Along with only 21 school divisions out of Virginia’s 132 total, Galax City Public Schools achieved full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education.

    This information was released Sept. 16 by the VDOE.

    The percentage of schools meeting state accreditation standards lessens for a second consecutive year as a result of the more rigorous reading, writing, science and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests introduced since 2011, according to the VDOE.