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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 11/13/17

    The referees’ fault
    I’m calling about the Grayson/Galax football game. I wouldn’t be hollering about winning when the refs are dirty doing their job. I saw our boys clothes-lined, which wasn’t called. I saw one boy get his helmet slung across the field, which wasn’t called. I saw one of Grayson’s boys jump on the sidelines on our boys, which wasn’t called. So, if you want to call that winning, I call that dirty myself. At least our boys know what sportsmanship is all about. Go Maroon Tide. You got it.

  • Cana Rescue renovations complete

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – Renovations have been completed and the Cana station of Carroll County Fire Rescue is now in operation on U.S. 52.

    The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) voted at its September meeting to borrow $250,000 to purchase the Cana Rescue Squad building and operate it as part of Carroll County Fire Rescue.

  • Church shooting renews interest in safety training

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The recent church shooting in Texas that claimed 26 innocent lives and injured several others has many church leaders concerned about their safety.

    To address those concerns, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced last week that his office will offer free safety training for churches throughout the county.

  • Citizens speak out on Galax projects

    Galax residents spoke out about widening sidewalks, fixing stormwater runoff problems and addressing flooding problems in the city’s “Bottom” neighborhood, at a public information session about the city’s proposed Virginia Department of Transportation-funded capital improvement projects.

    Galax City Council held the session at its Oct. 16 meeting.

    The city must formally apply for the money from VDOT, noted City Manager Keith Barker. He added that VDOT is changing from a one-year to two-year funding cycle.

  • Cana fire under investigation

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a house in the Cana community in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the blaze.

    The Cana Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 1429 Bear Trail Road at 5:50 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the one-story frame house engulfed by flames.

  • Officers risk their lives to protect community

    Police officer down.

    The entire community holds its breath when it reads or hears those words, hands clasped and heads bowed, in the fervent hope that its worst fears are not realized.

    In incident involving a Portsmouth officer shot five times in the line of duty las week should spur us to take a moment to consider the challenge of police work in this day and age, a vocation that routinely requires the risk of life and limb in service to the public.

  • All-Twin County team announced

    The inaugural all-Twin County volleyball team was announced this week, honoring the top players from Carroll County, Galax and Grayson County, as voted on by the three schools’ coaching staffs.

  • Playoff notebook: Come one, come all

    So here we go – 187 hopefuls, six state championship trophies up for grabs.

    On second thought, perhaps 187 is a few too many to label as “hopeful.”

    Of the 307 Virginia High School League-sanctioned football teams in the state of Virginia, 187 of them, or 62 percent, are still active as the first round of the playoffs rolls around this weekend. Obviously, not all 187 can have a winning record. Not all 187 even have a win.

  • Second season begins – Galax

    Second-seeded Galax will host No. 7 Bland County tonight in the Region 1C quarterfinals, one of 13 playoff games statewide that involve teams that have faced each other within the past two weeks.

    Fourteen days probably isn’t enough time for the previous meeting to have gone down the memory hole for Bland County.

  • Second season begins – Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County came out on top in its first-round playoff game. The Blue Devils now move on to the actual postseason.