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Today's News

  • Tide freshman named all-conference

    Essence Brown made a strong impression in her first year of varsity basketball, earning first-team all-Conference 46 honors in voting by the league’s coaches.

    A freshman at Galax, Brown led the Maroon Tide in scoring (10.1 ppg), rebounding (7.6 rpg) and steals (59), was second on the team in blocked shots (23) and field goal shooting (35.0 percent) and third in free throw shooting (60.0 percent).

  • Galax comes up empty at Graham

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. –– Two-time defending state champion Galax received a challenge in its first boys’ soccer match of the season, battling Graham to a 1-1 tie with the G-Men Thursday in a Mountain Empire District tussle at the East River Soccer Complex.

  • Cavaliers get past Galax

    HILLSVILLE – Sidney Nester allowed only two hits and struck out 14 last Friday night to lead the Carroll County Cavaliers to a 6-1 nondistrict victory over the Galax Maroon Tide.

    It was the season opener for the Cavaliers, the defending 4A State Champions from last season.

    The Maroon Tide took an early lead on the Cavaliers. With one out, Kassie Widner reached first on a throwing error. Ally Bartlett was safe on an error after hitting a sharp grounder that ended up in centerfield.

  • No change yet in Tide girls’ coaching position

    Contrary to popular belief, Yerrick Stoneman is the girls’ basketball coach at Galax High School. It is the hope of several people involved with the program that the same can be said a couple months from now.

    Although word has been circulating that Stoneman has been relieved of his duties, that is not the case, Galax superintendent Bill Sturgill said Friday.

  • Carroll powers past Galax

    All good things must come to an end. Some just take longer than others.

    Carroll County and Galax played baseball for three hours and nine minutes Friday, but the Cavaliers found it an enjoyable chunk of time as they used an overpowering finish to take a 14-2 win over the Maroon Tide in a nondistrict game at Felts Park.

    It was the season opener for both teams.

  • Teen recovers after brain surgery

    HILLSVILLE – The community will come together on Sunday for a benefit for Ian Conner, 14, a Carroll County Middle School student who recently underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor.

    Ian’s diagnosis was something of a miracle, according to his mother, Renae Conner. In January, Ian was with the youth group from First United Methodist Church of Hillsville on a trip to Resurrection, a youth conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

  • Development plans taking shape in Fries

    FRIES — Local developer Gus Hill hasn’t announced his plans for the 40-plus acres he recently bought in Fries, but an announcement is coming soon, according to the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority.

    A news release from the authority says that discussions between the town, authority and Hill, a Fries native, “involved a restaurant, retail and recreational offerings.”

  • Police continue investigation in double homicide

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark issued a statement Thursday morning saying that, "a person of interest has been identified but no arrests have been made at this time" in the March 10 double homicide of Alyssa Kenny and her daughter, Anastasia Alley.

    "The Galax Police Department has dedicated all necessary resources to this investigation in an affort to bring closure to the family. The family, even in their grief, has expressed their desire that whomever is responsible get the help they need," said Clark.

  • Courthouse threat linked to inmate

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and special investigators responded to the Grayson County Courthouse on Wednesday, when the Circuit Court Clerk’s office received a threatening letter that also contained an unknown substance.

    The investigation has centered around an inmate at the state prison in Grayson as a suspect.

    According to a news release from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the courthouse at 10:40 a.m. on March 16.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/16/16

    Crude display
    What a vulgar, crude display at the past Republican debate. What negative role models for our children.

    Where’s the baby?
    I was just wondering why the new baby of 2016 wasn’t in the paper. I’m sure there is one that has been born, but I haven’t seen it in the paper.