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Today's News

  • Maroon Tide repeats as 1A West soccer champs

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax continued its dominating run through the postseason and successfully defended its Region 1A West boys’ soccer championship Friday, blanking Radford 5-0 at George Wythe High School.

    Galax (18-1), which has allowed six goals in its last 14 matches, posted its fourth straight shutout and the seventh in its last eight games.

  • Grayson County breaks semifinal hex with 2-1 win

    DANVILLE –– Semifinal roadblock, begone.

  • Number 1 tops Number 1(a)

    BLACKSBURG –– After 21 matches, the Grayson County boys’ tennis team is undefeated. After 20 matches, Galax is undefeated against every team not named Grayson County.

    The Blue Devils kept their season record unblemished, reached a season goal and claimed the 1A/2A West Region team championship Thursday, and both teams move on to the state semifinals after Grayson’s 5-1 defeat of Galax on the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center’s outdoor courts at Virginia Tech.

  • Cavaliers stuff Flucos

    PALMYRA –– When not engrossed in a nailbiter of a Region 4A North softball semifinal Friday, Carroll County fans probably spent much of their afternoon trying to figure out the meaning of the word ‘Fluco.’ Fluvanna County folks never did figure out Sydney Nester.

  • Cavaliers stuff Flucos

    PALMYRA –– When not engrossed in a nailbiter of a Region 4A North softball semifinal Friday, Carroll County fans probably spent much of their afternoon trying to figure out the meaning of the word ‘Fluco.’ Fluvanna County folks never did figure out Sydney Nester.

  • United Way has new director, fresh focus

    While Chris Brown, former United Way Resource Developer, is off to a new job and a new location, Ashley Bartee will be stepping in to fill his shoes.

    “Chris was recruited to be the head over the Washington County Virginia Drug Court. That was his expertise, his field, his passion,” says Travis Staton, CEO of United Way of Southwestern Virginia, during a visit to the Galax office. “We hated to see him go, but it was strictly just a thing that he loved to do.”

  • Reeves' sentence cut short

    Chad Allen Reeves, who was found not guilty of the murder of Brandon Billings in court last week, was returned to federal custody after the trial, where he will serve the remainder of a sentence for drug trafficking charges.

    However, his time in prison will shorter than expected.

  • Nottingham named 'Super Teacher'

    AUSTINVILLE – There are some amazing teachers out there, and many of them are right here in Virginia.

    Laurel Elementary fourth grade teacher Lucy Nottingham was selected this year to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award. The honor was given on May 29, in a surprise presentation at Laurel Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests.

  • Readers Hotline 6/8/15

    Protests in history
    In the May 11 edition, a caller lamented that protests are just so sad. So sad to see a group of people protesting. If not for protesting and violent protests, we would still be a colony of England. If not for protests, we may still be mired in Vietnam. Perhaps this caller would be happier if we didn’t have the right to protest.

    Do not disturb

  • State steps in as school system runs out of money

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County school system’s financial crisis is over for the time being, but questions remain about how the problems began.

    After discovering a shortfall of $593,000 in the current year’s budget that meant the board might not be able pay teachers and bills, Chairman Larry Bartlett said during a special called meeting Friday night that funds had come in from the Virginia Department of Education and other sources in the amount of $2.06 million.