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Today's News

  • Officials discuss state of economy

    Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones told a gathering of local leaders economic development officials last week that, while the U.S. as a whole has generated more jobs than were lost in the recession, Virginia has yet to recoup its losses in employment.

    Jones was keynote speaker at the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s annual Regional Economic Development Briefing on May 29 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.

    Representatives of regional businesses and local elected officials attended the event.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/4/14

    Not an issue
    I attended the Hillsville Town Council meeting held right before the election. I was appalled when a man stood up and questioned Mayor Crowder about his property. The mayor owns property in Hillsville. The Galax police chief has property in Hillsville and there is no problem. The mayor owns property near the golf course. Our past mayor owned a lake house. So, why is it all at once a problem about Mayor Crowder? Shame on you about being so nosy.

    Taxes ignored

  • Two fugitives arrested in Brush Creek

    Grayson and Carroll County deputies have captured two wanted fugitives, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff's office on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Jones takes Pro Mini win at Wythe track

    RURAL RETREAT –– Galax driver Dennis Jones led all 20 laps of the Pro Mini feature Saturday at Wythe Raceway as three local drivers posted top-five finishes at the half-mile clay oval.

    Jones held off Travis Harden of Marion to take the win, with Doug Monday, Steele Scott and Billy Cline rounding out the top five.

  • Tide boys 4th at region track

    RADFORD –– Led by an MVP performance by one of its individuals, Galax will send its largest contingent to the state track and field meet in more than a decade, while Grayson County brought home an individual championship in its region meet.

    In what coach Tony Quesenberry labeled “an incredible day” for his program, the Maroon Tide earned one region title, three runner-up finishes and earned points in 11 events at the Region 1A West championships Saturday at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium.

  • Auburn ends Maroon Tide’s season

    RINER –– For a second straight season, the Auburn softball team is on the cusp of qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in school history. 

    The difference is that this year’s team is hitting on all cylinders. 

    The Eagles cruised to a 10-0 slaughter rule win against Galax in the 1A West Region quarterfinals on Monday, scoring five runs in the fifth inning to end the game early. 

    Auburn (21-3) played Honaker in the region semifinals Tuesday with a berth in the state tournament on the line. 

  • Grayson must be living right

    INDEPENDENCE –– Anyone who has been around the game of baseball long enough knows that the sport has its own set of gods. They are nameless, lower-case ‘g’ types, but higher powers they are, nonetheless. They demand reverence for the game, and they have a poor sense of humor to boot.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/2/14

    Looking good
    I want to say thank you to the Galax Recreation Department or whoever takes care of the softball fields. They had them looking spectacular for the Memorial Day weekend. Thanks a bunch, guys.

    Digging ditches

  • Court clerk's office audit finds problems

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has turned up numerous issues that could reportedly lead to the loss of revenues, assets or compromise fiscal accountability.

    The audit showed that incorrectly classified, disbursed or miscoded funds totaled $250,000.

    The 10-page audit report is a public record that can be read online at www.apa.virginia.gov, and it includes a detailed response from Court Clerk Carolyn H. Honeycutt in regards to the findings.

  • Grayson gets more roads on VDOT plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Department of Transportation received a bump in funding for several road projects in Grayson County for 2015, according to Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell.