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Today's News

  • Fries needs clear plan for future

    Recently, Fries Town Council was encouraged to revisit a master plan that it had previously developed for the town’s revitalization… and we couldn’t agree more.
    In recent years, small towns have seen their share of economic downfall, and Fries is no exception. A place of history and an ideal spot for outdoor recreation, the area has a lot of promise. But over the years, the area’s redevelopment seems to have, quite frankly, ground to a halt.

  • Pair of one-hit wonders

    BRISTOL –– Honaker catcher and Yale-bound scholar Jacob Mitchell called it one of the single greatest individual performances he has ever seen. The future Ivy Leaguer needed to be a little more specific. His superlative could have fit a couple of different guys.

  • D-DAY: Army medic Walter Dickens was 'anxious to get into the fight'
  • BBQ contest expanding

    Smoke on the Mountain, Galax’s annual barbecue contest, has drawn fierce but friendly competitors for a decade. This year, the stakes have been raised.
    “We just received an email from the Memphis Barbecue Network in the last month,” said Smoke on the Mountain Site Director Ron Passmore.

  • Company pays EPA for acid cleanup

    ROANOKE — The federal government is recovering $150,000 of the $500,000 it spent cleaning up hundreds of acid-filled drums from a property in Carroll County in 2009.

  • Grayson grads earn high school, college diplomas

    INDEPENDENCE — A graduating class of 136 students received diplomas on May 31 at Grayson County High School — and some have completed two years of community college already.

  • City will fund social services

    Galax City Council has unanimously approved a motion for the city to fund Galax Social Services for the next month, by the end of which hopefully the state will have come to an agreement on a budget.
    Galax Social Services Director Susan Clark addressed council on the matter at its May 27 meeting. She said her department has a June 1-May 31 budget cycle, meaning there will be one month without funding, before the state budget — if there is one — kicks in July 1.

  • Carroll to hold hearings June 9

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will conduct four public hearings at its June 9 meeting.
    The hearings include:
    • The supervisors will accept public comments concerning the transfer of Woodlawn School to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).
    The Carroll County School Board closed Woodlawn School in 2013 and transferred the building and grounds to the supervisors.  The supervisors have previously sought public input as to potential uses of the facility; however no definite plans have been made.

  • Patience pays off for Galax in quarterfinal win

    RADFORD — Baseball’s a funny sport sometimes. The team that hits the ball better doesn’t always win. The smarter, more patient team can often overcome an offensive deficiency.

    That’s precisely what Galax did in a 5-4 upset win at Radford in the 1A West Region quarterfinals on Tuesday, managing only two hits after the first inning but scoring three runs in the final four frames to get within a win of qualifying for the state tournament.

  • Long journey leads to short stay for Carroll

    MINERAL –– Carroll County couldn’t sustain its hot start and saw its season come to a close with a 10-2 loss to Louisa County in the Region 4A North softball semifinals Monday.

    After two quick outs to start the game, Gracie Davidson singled to keep the inning alive and Cheyenne Strickland spotted the Cavaliers an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run to left-center.