Today's News

  • Grayson, Galax golfers win at Draper Valley

    DRAPER – Grayson County and Galax each picked up a team win in a pair of golf matches played last week at Draper Valley Golf Club.

    In a match last Thursday, Grayson County had a team score of 169 to beat Fort Chiswell (188) and Marion (199).

    Devan Reeves led the Blue Devil attack with a 2-over 38 for medalist honors, edging out teammate Trevor Hawks with a 39.

  • Grayson falls in shootout

    INDEPENDENCE ––  Anyone attending the Grayson-Tazewell football game last Friday saw an offensive show and the winner wasn’t decided until the final 25 seconds.

  • Carroll County notches first win

    HILLSVILLE –– That elusive and eagerly-anticipated first victory of the football season finally came for the Carroll County Cavaliers Friday night, and it came in a big way at the expense of the still-winless Patrick County Cougars. 

    Controlling field position and possession time for most of the first half and using a powerful running game and outstanding overall effort, Carroll scored on its first and its last possessions – and five times in between – to record an impressive 48-14 triumph. 

  • Maroon Tide takes 27-7 win

    RURAL RETREAT –– During the preseason, Galax coach Mark Dixon referred to the 2015 club’s 1-4 start and how those four close losses revealed flaws that easy wins against lesser foes may not have shown. He quipped that he would have been a lot more comfortable being exposed without losing all four of those early games.

    The 2016 Maroon Tide is rolling up the wins, but the coach doesn’t seem much more comfortable about it this year than last.

  • Minor injuries in sideswipe wreck

    FRIES — A two-vehicle accident on Fries Road at 12:40 p.m. on Friday saw three people transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    A 2011 Cadillac SUV, driven by Jane Elizabeth Akers, 26, of Fries, was headed towards Galax when it crossed the solid yellow dividing line and ran into the path of a Dodge Caravan SUV, driven by John Michael King, 54, of Fries, headed towards the town.

    Alderman called the incident “a pretty significant sideswipe.”

  • 'Show for Joe' features all-star band

    An all-star lineup of traditional music greats performed Sept. 2 at the Joe Wilson Memorial Festival at the Blue Ridge Music Center, including a “supergroup” consisting of Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas and The Whites.

    All shared stories of Wilson, a longtime music promoter and historian who lived in Fries after his retirement, and how he worked to preserve American roots music.

    “Joe’s heart and soul is in this place,” said Skaggs.

  • Clontz remembered, suspect in court

    MARION ― As John Randolph Lewis was arraigned for a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Heather Copeland Clontz, the woman’s family is remembering her.

    Clontz, 35, of Fries, was a graduate of Grayson County High School and worked as a waitress at Porky’s restaurant in Galax.

    Following the news, family and friends have shared heartfelt tributes and posted messages of love on Clontz’s Facebook page.

  • Galax staff to explain new stormwater fee

    The Galax city staff is preparing to meet with business owners and residents so they view a new stormwater program’s requirements, including a fee that will come due in December.

    There will be public information sessions in September for people who have questions about the new stormwater fee.

  • Galax offers small business loans

    Staff Report

    Have you been dreaming of starting your own business?

    Do you have a business in Galax you want to grow or expand?

    The City of Galax and the Galax Industrial Development Authority are eager to assist Galax businesses in starting or growing with money to lend below the prime interest rate. Loans are now available for $500 to $5,000.

  • Federal judge accepts Nofsinger's plea agreement

    ABINGDON — At a brief plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon in Western District of Virginia U.S. Court in Abingdon, Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of producing child pornography.

    He faces between 15 and 90 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

    “The actions this defendant took were perverse and obscene and his punishment will be severe, but just,” said U.S. Attorney John Fishwick in a statement after the hearing.