Today's News

  • Maroon Tide sweeps Graham

    Graham wasn’t pulling an April Fool’s Day joke Friday when their coach called and said they were stuck in a traffic jam on Interstate 77.

    When they finally arrived almost an hour late, the Galax Maroon Tide won a Mountain Empire District doubleheader, 3-0 in the first game and 13-0 in the second game.

    Sophomore hurler Lucas Dalton pitched a gem in the opening game, allowing only two singles in the five-inning game, walking three and striking out six.

  • Grayson softball overpowers Floyd

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County strung together a seven-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to outscore Floyd County 13-9 in a nondistrict softball game Wednesday at the Grayson County Recreation Park.

  • Tide, Cassell blank Cougars

    Galax had opened its 2016 softball season with back-to-back losses to defending 4A state champion Carroll County, playing the Cavaliers competitively to the latter stages of each game before fading. In picking up its first win of the year on Tuesday, the Maroon Tide did anything but fade down the stretch.

    Galax scored three runs in each of its final two turns at bat and played a solid defensive game behind the one-hitter of Hayden Cassell to blank Pulaski County 8-0 at Mountain View Park.

  • Grayson girls, Carroll boys win

    HILLSVILLE –– Grayson County was the girls’ team winner and Carroll County took the boys’ team win in a three-way track meet last week at Carroll County.

    The Blue Devil girls won six events and accumulated 55 points to outdistance Carroll County (31) and Tazewell (22). Mary Beth Cunningham claimed three event wins, taking the triple jump (27 feet, 6.5 inches), the 400 (1 minute, 8.03 seconds) and the 100 (14.03 seconds). She also placed second in the long jump and 1600 meters.

  • Radford rolls over Maroon Tide; Highlanders top Grayson County

    Radford pitcher Reece Williamson shut out Galax over the final six innings and helped his own cause at the plate Monday as the Bobcats pulled away for an 8-3 nondistrict baseball win at Felts Park.

    Galax took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first on a Caleb Spurlin RBI single, a sacrifice fly by Matt Coomes and a Lucas Dalton squeeze bunt but that was it for the Maroon Tide as Williamson scattered six hits across the final six innings.

  • Grayson hangs on

    INDEPENDENCE –– The fact that Grayson County had wasted a six-run lead in a loss to Glenvar two years ago was pointed out in the Blue Devils’ dugout Monday. Whether or not the subject was broached in the Highlanders’ dugout can’t be confirmed, but it nearly came up on the scoreboard nonetheless.

    Grayson County whacked its way to a 6-1 lead and saw Glenvar pull to within a run before the Blue Devils escaped with a 6-5 nondistrict win at the GNB Baseball Complex.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/4/16

    Long timeline
    There is much too long a process in this country for those wanting to be president of the United States. If you are a governor or senator, do your job. Then, there are those tired of counting their millions and figure, “I guess I will run for president.” As for ISIS, what is wrong with people today? Because they don’t get their way, they lash out and kill or maim innocent people. Such hatred.

    Hanging out

  • Attacks renew debate over pit bulls

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Recent pit bull attacks in the Twin Counties and elsewhere have sparked a fierce debate about whether the fault lies in the dogs’ owners or in a genetic predisposition to violence.

  • Harper trial set for five days in July

    INDEPENDENCE — The trial date for George Albert Harper III, who is charged in the 2002 first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will be held the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to a review of the case last week.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court scheduled a review for Harper’s case on March 31, which Harper’s attorney, Edgar DeHart, said was to confirm everything was in order before the trial and to confirm the date.

    The courtroom has been reserved for five days.

  • City to replace entrance signs

    The City of Galax will remove and replace its entrance signs, which have welcomed visitors for more than 20 years.

    The new signs will keep the same theme — a fiddler representing the city’s musical heritage — but will last much longer.

    At the March 14 Galax City Council meeting, Chris Pollins, chairwoman of the city’s Public Arts Committee, ask the city for approval of the project.