Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.