Today's News

  • School board member questions teacher attendance policy

    INDEPENDENCE — A hot topic over the last few months at Grayson County School Board meetings has been about the amount of time staff members throughout the division are allowed to take off.

    Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the school board, has expressed multiple times that — while he understands the two issues are separate — he feels the county is penalizing parents for keeping students home from school, but allowing employees to take time away from the classroom for illness.

  • Galax man charged after pursuit


    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man faces several charges following a pursuit that began in Independence on Feb. 28 and ended in Galax when the vehicle wrecked near Armory Road.

    The pursuit began after Independence Police Officer Renee Dalton observed a Dodge Stratus with New Hampshire license plates following another vehicle too close.

  • Jones' attorney to introduce new evidence

    HILLSVILLE — Though he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Matthew Steven Jones has not had his last day in court.

    After a trial in Grayson County Circuit Court, Jones was found guilty in November of first-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, and sentenced March 6 to life in prison without parole, with an additional three years suspended and a $100,000 fine.

  • CF Auction: Good deals for good cause

    By D.T. Clark, Staff

    This year marks the area’s 14th annual Cystic Fibrosis Auction, and according to main-man-in-charge Freddy Hall, it will be the kind of event regular customers know to expect and newcomers will be surprised to discover.

    Up for auction will be toys, games, memorabilia, collectibles, furniture new and antiques, building supplies (anyone need a sink?) and services ranging from private concerts to some time behind the steering wheel (stick?) of a military tank.


  • Car crashes into Woodlawn post office

    WOODLAWN — The U.S. Post Office in Woodlawn is still open and running despite structural damage caused by a vehicle slamming into the building Tuesday afternoon.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper P.K. Cheek, Suemay Melcher, 75, of Woodlawn, was pulling into a parking spot at the post office on March 17 when she attempted to slow the car down. “Unfortunately, she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake,” Cheek said.

  • Conley, McGrady voted No. 1

    Galax’s Clif Conley was picked as the top player among Conference 46 boys, Camryn McGrady shared top honors for Conference 39 girls and the Twin Counties had a total of six players and two coaches honored with postseason awards as all-conference balloting was announced last week.

  • Merdian’s no-hitter powers Galax

    Stew Merdian is picking up right where he left off.

    Having seen its 2014 season come to an end despite a one-hitter by Merdian, Galax opened its 2015 schedule in midseason form, getting error-free defense behind Merdian’s complete-game no-hitter, blanking George Wythe 3-0 in a nondistrict game Monday at Felts Park.

  • Grayson tops Glenvar 9-0

    INDEPENDENCE –– Winter may officially have another few days left in it, but unmistakable signs of spring were evident Monday – the pop of leather, the crack of a bat making contact with a ball, and the telltale sights and sounds of a seven-run rally.

    Grayson County opened its 2015 softball season with a surprisingly-easy win over Glenvar, doing most of its damage in a fourth-inning outburst that paved the way for a 9-0 nondistrict victory at the Grayson County Recreation Park.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: March 15-21


    Galax came back twice from three runs down and finally won in the bottom of the eight inning on a bases-loaded hit batsman, edging Floyd County 10-9.



    Beth Walker pitched a complete-game one-hitter, striking out 12, and Amber Walker smacked a grand slam and accumulated seven RBIs in Galax’s 12-2 softball win over Auburn.

  • Galax softball opens season with pair of wins

    Galax got its softball season off to a solid start with a pair of wins on its home diamond, holding off George Wythe 4-2 on Monday before powering past Pulaski County 9-2 on Wednesday.