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Today's News

  • Blacksburg overwhelms Carroll County

    BLACKSBURG –– Blacksburg celebrated homecoming last Friday night on a happy note as the Bruins rolled over Carroll County 52-6 in a River Ridge District game played in Blacksburg.

    The Bruins scored the first time they had the ball and they continued to score both on the ground and in the air.

    The Cavaliers (1-3) got a break on the opening kickoff. 

    Blacksburg kicker Camden Wise tried to fool Carroll County with an onside kick but the Cavaliers recovered the loose ball at their own 45.

  • Galax stormwater fee meeting set for Monday

    What’s the new Stormwater Management Ordinance that the Galax City Council adopted in July 2014 worth?

    About $1.50 more on your residential water bill a month.

    Council voted to adopt the ordinance, which kicks in with the 2016 property tax invoices. The fee amounts to about $18 a year total for residences. Commercial establishments will also be affected, though to a similarly small degree.

  • Suspect in custody after two police chases

    A suspect in the manhunt in Carroll County has been taken into custody by authorities in Wythe County.

    According to Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan, Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner contacted his office on Friday morning and informed Dunagan that a suspect in the ongoing stolen vehicle case was believed to be at a home in the Austinville area of Wythe County.

  • Businesses thanked for contributions to school

    INDEPENDENCE — Two local individuals and their companies were recognized by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors this month for their contributions to assist the school system with the football stadium bleachers renovation project.

    Proclamations were approved and presented by the board to Randall Eller and Independence Lumber, and to Gus Hill and Hill’s Coal and Trucking, during the regular monthly meeting on Sept. 15.

    “These two companies contributed a lot to the bleacher project,” said County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.

  • Carroll County leads manhunt on Mount Zion Road

    UPDATE 11:58 A.M.: CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS SUSPECT IN CUSTODY. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

    CARROLL – A manhunt is still underway in Carroll County after a suspect driving a stolen car fled from law enforcement and hit a deputy head-on in the process.

    The deputy then shot at the suspect, whose identity is not known at this time. Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said a small amount of blood was recovered from inside the stolen vehicle and will be sent for DNA analysis.

  • Galax waits to see if lottery plan wins approval

    Galax could receive up to $160,000 in additional state funding per year if a plan goes forward to return some revenue from Virginia Lottery sales to localities.

    In August, City Manager Keith Barker said he received a request for support from a group of Virginia mayors who want legislation passed by the General Assembly that would reallocate some of the lottery funds.

  • Firefighters receive grant for new equipment

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department will receive $180,381 in federal funding to buy new air packs and turnout gear.

    The money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

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  • Galax team finishes second in Great Race rally

    Staff Report

    The phrase “to finish is to win” took on real meaning when 84 antique vehicles crossed the finish line in Moline, Ill., out of 109 that started the 2016 Great Race in San Rafael, Cal.

    The Crooked Road Racers, a local team made up of members of Boy Scout Troop 188 and their leader and driver, Dr. Tom Littrell, competed in this year’s rally-style race. The Galax team placed second in the youth division and 46th overall. They drove Littrell’s 1928 Model A Ford Roadster Highboy over 2,500 miles.

  • Brothers celebrate birthdays

    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his fourth birthday on Aug. 8, and his brother Luke Ryan Spurlin celebrated his second birthday on Aug. 29. They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham.

    Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.