Today's News

  • 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.

  • Grayson County stays hot

    Grayson County continued its offensive onslaught Friday and won for the sixth straight time since laying an opening-day egg, rolling to a 16-2, five-inning Mountain Empire District win over Galax at Felts Park.

    The Blue Devils (6-1) mustered all of three hits in a 6-0 loss at Glenvar to open the season but haven’t been held to fewer than 10 hits in a game since as their team average has risen to above the .400 mark. Friday, the team was a composite 16-of-30, with every starter accounting for at least one hit each.

  • Police department recognizes officers

    When a fire swept through a home on Glendale Road last year, two police officers and the city’s fire chief went above and beyond the call of duty in an attempt to rescue children still inside.

    Police Chief Rick Clark recently recognized those men for their “selfless disregard for their own safety” in the March 5, 2015, fire that claimed the lives of three children.

  • Prosecutor expects to seat jury quickly

    INDEPENDENCE — Jury selection for the murder trial of George Albert Harper III will begin on the morning of the trial, which is now set for the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

    Harper, who is charged in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings, is the second suspect to be tried in this case. Last year, Chad Allen Reeves was put on trial for the murder, and was found not guilty.

  • Grayson hopes to continue budget momentum

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors met April 4 to discuss the theme, mission, goals, strategies and objectives of the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget.

    In a presentation by County Administrator Jonathan Sweet, the budget theme was proposed as “Continuing the momentum.”

  • State song to debut at HoustonFest

    Staff Report

    Acclaimed bluegrass singer Amber Collins will debut her performance of Virginia’s new anthem on June 11 at HoustonFest.

    Collins will be introduced by Kylene Barker McNeill, originally from Galax, who made history in 1979 as the first Miss Virginia to become Miss America.

  • New guidelines advise caution with opiod prescriptions

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state hospital association released guidelines Tuesday to tackle opioid abuse, taking particular aim at prescriptions given in emergency rooms.

    The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has been working since January crafting the guidelines, which advise scrutiny of prescriptions for people in chronic pain.

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  • He's two

    Luke Harvey Ward turned two on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a farm animal birthday party with his family and friends.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has two older brothers, Braeden and Levi. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Celebrate 50 years

    Roger and Carolyn Horton Farmer of Woodlawn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 6.
    They have two sons and six grandchildren.

    They plan to celebrate with a trip out west this summer.