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Today's News

  • George Wythe-Galax, Grayson-Carroll highlight 2015 grid schedules

    The 2014 high school football season ended two days ago with six state championships played out in Salem, Lynchburg and Charlottesville. Therefore it’s officially OK to start looking to 2015.

    The next two-year cycle of football schedules for the three Twin County teams will include the renewal of some old rivalries but no new first-time opponents or (thanks heavens, say Grayson Countians) ungodly road trips.

  • Rookies slam door for Carroll

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County returns a wealth of experience on its girls’ basketball team, and those veterans were the main reason the Cavaliers took a comfortable lead over Galax into the fourth quarter Friday night.

    The only two current players who were not part of last year’s bunch made sure that lead only grew.

  • Tide pulls away from Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– For three quarters, Carroll County wouldn’t let Galax put the game away. So Clif Conley and Caleb Bartlett kept putting away shots.

    The Maroon Tide backcourt duo combined for nine 3-pointers and 40 points Friday night as Galax finally pulled away to a relatively comfortable 59-45 nondistrict win over the Cavaliers.

  • Readers Hotline 12/15/14

    New sidewalks
    We are so excited about the work being done at the high school, on the sidewalks, and at the elementary school, Academy Drive, etc. These folks who have homes there and the students are getting an early Christmas present and it looks like they are doing a great job. Thanks, Santa Claus, for a great sidewalk.

    Stepping on toes

  • Galax artist carves out legacy

    Christina Pollins-Shackelford, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ executive director, recalls the toil that went into the work of art she’s spent countless hours creating.

    She stands beside it, a huge sculpture of an older man and his two young daughters. Their shoulders and faces seems to rise up and out of the limestone block that she carved them from over nine painstaking months. The work took place outdoors in her back yard, “in single-digit temperatures and in the 90s,” as she puts it.

  • Brown hopes success is catching

    GALAX –– It has become commonplace the last few years for the Galax boys’ basketball team to get off to a late start. With the Maroon Tide football team reaching at least the second round of the playoffs each of the last five years, hoops season takes a back seat, at least early on.

    But winning, they say, can be contagious. And though Galax coach Verl Brown may not necessarily welcome the delays to hoops season brought on by successful fall sports teams, he has at least embraced the reason for it.

  • Galax girls learning on the fly

    It could be deja vu all over again for a Galax girls’ athletic endeavor.

    This past fall, a largely inexperienced Maroon Tide volleyball team struggled early, got its legs under it as the season wore on and gelled behind a dominant player, evolving from an afterthought to within a few points of a state tournament berth by season’s end.

    Fast forward to girls’ hoops.

  • Green Cavs showing progress

    HILLSVILLE –– When a program has graduated as much experience and talent as Carroll County has the last two years, it wouldn’t be that unusual for the rebuilding process to include a little good, a little bad and a little ugly.

    Through the first two games of the season, the Cavaliers are seeing all three over the course of a couple of quarters as they begin anew after the winningest four-year stretch in program history.

  • Carroll County rallies for OT win over Buffaloes

    FLOYD –– Carroll County stormed back from a 17-point second-half hole and edged Floyd County 70-68 in overtime in a nondistrict boys’ basketball game Tuesday.

    The Cavaliers’ Micah Johnson and Winston Giles each sank one free throw in the final seven seconds of overtime to give Carroll County (1-1) its final lead.

  • Frost, Devils jump on Marion

    INDEPENDENCE –– It would have been a wise move for the Grayson County athletic department to store up some extra basketballs for this season. A couple of them are destined to become keepsakes.

    Blue Devil senior guard Meredith Frost pumped in 21 points and took home the game ball after topping 1,000 career points Tuesday night as Grayson County posted an impressive 61-45 win over Marion.