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Today's News

  • Titans knock off Carroll County in busy week

    HILLSVILLE –– Hidden Valley got 20 kills from Erin Newell and improved to 17-3 with the 25-20, 25-9, 25-19 River Ridge win Thursday in Hillsville.

    Drew Freeland tallied 33 assists for Hidden Valley.

    Aubree Marshall led Carroll County hitters with 10 kills and also had 10 digs.

    Grayson County def. Narrows 3-0: The Blue Devils upped their record to 18-1 with the 25-20, 25-7, 25-20 win Wednesday in Independence.

  • Galax rolls; Salem shuts down Cavaliers

    NARROWS –– Galax jumped out to a 36-0 lead by the late stages of the second quarter and rolled over Narrows 49-13 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at Ragsdale Field.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 5-3 with the win and will host Bland County this week in the first of two home games to close out the regular season. Narrows dropped to 1-6 on the year and hosts Grayson County on Friday.

  • Fort rides quick start to win

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County settled down after a disastrous start but was never able to fully recover after spotting Fort Chiswell an early two-touchdown lead, falling 29-7 to the Pioneers in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at C.F. McKinney Stadium.

  • Vehicle fire closes part of I-77

    A tractor-trailer fire of unknown origin caused part of Interstate 77 around mile marker 6.7 to be shut down on Friday, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser said the vehicle was coming up the mountain around 7 a.m. when the truck caught fire. The driver pulled over and exited the cab, which burned, along with part of the payload, said Musser.

    “He just noticed it started smoking,” Musser said. “Nobody was hurt. The driver pulled over and jumped out.”

  • Firefighters, tenants participate in drill

    Residents of downtown Galax saw smoke but no fire last Tuesday night when the Galax Fire Department conducted an intensive training session at an apartment building on Center Street.

    The training was set up to simulate “a large fire on the third floor with possible civilian entrapment” according to Capt. Mike Ayers. “Last night’s training was a culmination of several previous trainings that we have had this summer,” he said Oct. 22, listing them as “search and rescue, hose advancement, ladder rescues and mayday.

  • Music to help internationally at The Rex

    Not all international relief effort is aimed at the more practical aspects of offering help to those in need abroad. Some of it is downright fun.

    Operation Christmas Child (OCC) — a program under Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organization — seeks to pack shoeboxes full of small Christmas presents to be distributed to needy kids in countries throughout the world.

  • Man charged with vending machine burglaries

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes that were first reported on Oct. 15.

    The Galax Police Department investigated numerous complaints of damage to vending machines across the city, and damage at two car washes.

    Michael Darin Haynes, 39, was arrested after an investigation conducted by Officer John Reavis, who viewed surveillance tapes and obtained a description of the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle was located by Sgt. Mark Burnett on South Main Street in Galax on Oct. 20, according to a police report.

  • Ministry raising money to buy old Hillcrest Church

    McMillian Ministries has spent its time and energy so far trying to be a dynamic spiritual force in the community. This Saturday evening, it’s asking for just a little help back.

    The ministry boasts an active youth program, including a June conference, and is famed for its formal Winter Ball in February at the Elks Lodge, which Pastor Sue Greene describes as no less than “a black tie event.”

    Pretty impressive for a church whose congregation has no building of its own.

  • Galax 5K has been running 25 years

    Blue skies with puffy clouds and a crisp wind characterized the weather for the 25th Annual Twin County Regional Healthcare Galax Autumn Days 5K Run last Saturday.

    The race, which started and ended in Felts Park, with a circuit extending through part of downtown Galax, drew past competitors and new entrants. After registering and receiving number tags, the runners awaited the race eagerly.

  • Distracted while driving? Hands off, says legislator

    Convinced that phones behind the wheel endanger everyone on the road, the legislator who championed a stronger anti-texting law for Virginia in 2013 wants to take them out of drivers’ hands altogether next year.

    Del. Richard Anderson told a conference on distracted driving in September that he will introduce a bill to ban all use of handheld devices by motorists in the commonwealth, as 14 other states and Washington, D.C., have done.

    Phone calls by hands-free technology would remain legal.