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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Local drug problems involve meth, Rx abuse

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    While Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a series of initiatives to counteract recent increases in fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses, these particular problems are felt less in Galax, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Slime Time at St. Paul School

    CANA — When Special Education teacher Jacob Adams sat down on the chair in front of the St. Paul School entrance, he wasn’t quite prepared for the bucket of bright green slime two students were holding just inches behind his head.

    Outwardly, he remained calm until the mob of students flanking both entrances to the building started counting down in unison: “Five…Four…Three…Two…One!”

  • Charges against former Carroll coach, teacher dropped

    WYTHEVILLE — A prosecutor has dropped all charges against a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools. The charges stemmed from a “hazing” incident involving an 11th grade football player.

    Howard S. Ingo, a former George Wythe High School football coach, was convicted in May of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100. He appealed the conviction.

  • Healthcare initiatives woefully inadequate

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration is pushing forward on initiatives designed to expand access to health care to the uninsured in Virginia. Those measures, though an improvement, are woefully inadequate to solve the problem.

    McAuliffe, in his first year in office, was outmaneuvered by a General Assembly that blocked every avenue for executive action to significantly expand government-subsidized health insurance.

  • Cooley remembered for community involvement

    HILLSVILLE — Raleigh Cooley, a Navy veteran, lawyer and former mayor of Hillsville, passed away on Sept. 14 at age 90 at Wheatland Hills in Hillsville.

    Aside from his law practice, Cooley was known throughout the community for his accomplishments and involvement with a number of local groups. He is described by all who knew him as a man who was passionate and dedicated to what he believed in. To any organization he joined, he gave a hundred percent of his efforts.

  • Grayson saves by paying off debt early

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pay off four loan notes early to save $510,000 in interest payments. The vote, which came during the supervisors Sept. 11 regular monthly meeting, is also expected to free up $52,000 a year in the county’s operating budget.