Today's News

  • Politics has poisoned debate over felon voting

    Since the beginning of the battle about automatically restoring the voting rights of 200,000 Virginia felons, the fight has taken on an unnecessary partisan flavor.

    Republican leaders have pointedly accused Gov. Terry McAuliffe of playing politics with the voting rolls to help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, essentially calling his articulated motives a lie.

    Virginia is one of only four states that continues to permanently bar felons from enjoying full constitutional rights, a relic of a divisive time in Virginia history.

  • Galax swim team takes second at conference meet

    The Galax Maroon Tide swim team moved up a spot from last year and claimed the runner-up position and the Carroll Wellness Center posted a best-ever fifth place showing at the annual conference meet, held earlier this summer at the Armfield Recreation Center in Pilot Mountain, N.C.

    The Maroon Tide closed the gap on league powerhouse Elkin, which again took the team title with 2,172 points, ahead of Galax’s 1,553, and the Tide defeated the Wet Lightning in a head-to-head meet in the regular season.

  • Carroll runners finish second at C’burg invitational

    CHRISTIANSBURG –– Two Carroll County cross country runners posted top finishes in a pair of meets to open the season as Sydney Haynes and Samuel Haynes both placed second at the Giles Invitational and then managed top-six places at the Blue Demon Invitational at Christiansburg last weekend.

  • 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.