Today's News

  • Police chase suspect to be evaluated

    HILLSVILLE – The Michigan man involved in an April 10 police chase in Hillsville now faces an additional charge and will be sent for an evaluation on his mental competency.

    Jason Andrew Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Mich., was charged after a chase through Hillsville that resulted in the total loss of a Hillsville Police Department vehicle. After law enforcement met with Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, an additional felony charge of attempted malicious assault on a law enforcement officer was placed against Broderick on April 15.

  • Bauguess pleads guilty, receives reduced charge

    HILLSVILLE – A North Carolina man charged in a March 1 breaking and entering incident in Cana appeared in court on Friday and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge.

    Brandon Lee Bauguess, 37, of Ararat, N.C., was charged with breaking and entering and damaging property on March 1 after he allegedly threatened residents of a home in Cana with a hammer, according to police reports.

  • Grayson working to close budget gap

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials have spent long hours poring over their upcoming budget, finding creative ways to cover expenditures without sacrificing the main objectives and goals for the county.

    The budget will prove to be a challenge this year; after using a variety of strategies and resources, the county still has a deficit. Expected revenues for this budget total $19.6 million; while requested expenditures totaled $20.5 million.

  • Galax sets end of school, graduation date

    The Galax School Board voted unanimously to set the last day of school at June 10 and graduation day at June 11.

    Additionally, the first day of the fall semester will be Aug. 15.

    There was a little discussion at the April 12 meeting about proper placement of the last day of school; according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill, “That would give us two days short of what we originally planned for. Thanks to [Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell], she spent some time calculating the hours.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: April 10-16


    *Marleigh Durham scored two goals as Galax extended its season-opening win streak to four matches with a 4-1 defeat of Rural Retreat.

    *Galax outshot Carroll County 22-8 and had 12 corners to the Cavaliers two but the two teams finished in a 2-2 draw in boys’ soccer. Junior Espinosa and Luis Turcios scored for Galax, goals that were countered by Carroll on scores by Matt Hawks and Cody Jones.



  • Grayson, Galax girls’ tennis teams maintain collision course

    Galax picked up a pair of easy wins in girls’ tennis over Wythe County teams early this week, blanking Fort Chiswell 9-0 on Monday and following with an 8-1 win over George Wythe on Tuesday.

    The wins set up a battle of unbeatens yesterday (Thursday) against 4-0 Grayson County.

  • Blue Devils unload on Tazewell in 14-2 win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County opened big and picked up speed from there, thrashing Tazewell 14-2 in five innings Tuesday in a Conference 39 game.

    Given a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Tazewell starting pitcher Nick Elkins walked the bases loaded to start the home half of the inning but was one strike away from escaping the jam unscathed when William Vaughan stroked a 2-2 pitch to left for a grand slam, starting a huge day for the Blue Devil offense.

  • Tide unties Spartans

    Galax boys’ soccer coach Troy Barkley has two eager helpers when it comes time to break down the field and gather the equipment following home games. Hopefully little Emma and Abby can be original when it comes time for picking out a Father’s Day gift for their dad. He’s already got enough stupid ties for one year, and it’s barely halfway through April.

  • Tide sweeps Grayson Co. in tennis

    Galax took a pair of wins in much-anticipated Mountain Empire District tennis matches Thursday afternoon as both the Maroon Tide boys’ and girls’ teams knocked off Grayson County by identical 8-1 scores.

    In a meeting of unbeatens in Independence, the Galax girls swept the six singles matches to lock up the team win and stay perfect for the year at 8-0.

  • Galax rolls over Blue Devils

    Lauren Garvey turned in a strong pitching performance last Thursday to lead Galax to a 12-0 Mountain Empire District victory over Grayson County.

    Garvey allowed three singles, struck out three and walked one in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

    The Maroon Tide (5-2) took a 6-0 lead after the first inning against two different Blue Devil pitchers.

    After the leadoff batter was out on a grounder to shortstop, Kylee Hill and Hayden Cassell singled.