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Today's News

  • Fees on the rise in Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE – Parents can start planning for the 2016-2017 school year as student fees for activities and meals were approved at the May meeting of the Carroll County School Board.

    Students and parents will be looking at an increase in meal prices across the board.

  • Galax moves forward with 2017 budget

    At the May 9 meeting, Galax City Council approved the school system’s fiscal year 2017 budget after a public hearing.

    The hearing drew no speakers. The budget, as presented to council, had no changes from its earlier version, according to Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill. At an earlier school board budget meeting, members had remarked on their pleasure at the increased state funding this year, and the ease of assigning items to the budget without needing to cut positions or programs.

  • Barrett, Chilton top finishers at Dannelly 10K

    Nearly 100 participants turned out for the 18th running of the New River Trail Dr. Ed Dannelly 10K Run, sponsored Saturday by the Galax Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Big Tuesday for Tide, Devils

    Galax and Grayson County posted blowout wins in baseball and softball Tuesday, including a relatively tame 11-0 baseball win by Galax over Bland County at Felts Park.

  • Maroon Tide girls’ basketball taking new direction in 2016-17

    Citing an overall philosophical change in direction with its girls’ athletic programs, Galax High School will see a change in direction with its varsity girls’ basketball team in the 2016-17 school year.

    Following Tuesday’s school board meeting it was announced that Yerrick Stoneman would not be retained for a seventh season as the Lady Maroon Tide’s head coach and that Mount Airy, N.C. coach Howard Mayo has been hired for the same position.

  • Carroll County 16-0 after no-no, nailbiter

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County sophomore pitcher Sydney Nester was a walk away from a perfect game Friday night and the Cavaliers got into a good, close nailbiter on Thursday in picking up a pair of River Ridge District softball wins.

    On senior night Friday, Carroll County jumped on Pulaski County for four first-inning runs and cruised to a 10-0 five-inning win to improve to 16-0 on the year.

  • Maroon Tide rolls over Chilhowie

    Stew Merdian smashed a double to deep centerfield in the sixth inning last Thursday to clear the bases and give the Galax Maroon Tide a 10-0 nondistrict victory over Chilhowie in a game played in Felts Park.

    The Tide led 9-0  at the time but because of the slaughter rule Merdian only got credit for one RBI.

    Lucas Dalton pitched a strong game for the Maroon Tide, allowing four hits, striking out eight and allowing two walks. Daniel Boardwine had two of the Warriors’ hits.

  • Mayo set to take charge of Galax girls’ hoops

    Howard Mayo is coming back home. Not that he ever really left.

    Though he has been coaching in North Carolina for the past 14 years, Mayo never relocated from his home in Fancy Gap. The girls’ basketball position at Carroll County is made Mayo a resident of the Twin Counties as a newly-minted Bluefield College graduate in the late 1980s, and the same position at Galax is what’s bringing him back professionally.

  • Grayson makes amends

    INDEPENDENCE –– In the two softball meetings this season between Grayson County and Galax, each team was able to claim a win. Each was easily able to lay claim to a loss, as well.

    In both games, including Tuesday’s Blue Devil victory, the home team did nearly everything right. Conversely, the road team did little to stand in the way.

  • Readers Hotline 5/16/16

    Forgiven
    This is for the person who stole the Bible out of my convertible, either at Fairview Church or at Mountain Surf. You know who you are. It has my name on it. Read it. Maybe you will learn something from it. I have forgiven you. I hope God has.
    Editor’s note: The caller later notified the newspaper that the Bible was returned. The thief must have gotten to the “thou shalt not steal” part.

    In a bind