Today's News

  • Oakland School salutes veterans

    Carroll County’s Oakland Elementary School hosted an event to honor local veterans on Nov. 11. It included a free lunch in the cafeteria with kids and a brief musical program presented by the students. The veterans also presented the library with a new book and demonstrated proper flag-folding.

  • GMS earns $133,000 grant to improve reading

    Galax Middle School has been awarded a 21st Century grant that will pay for programs to improve reading and math scores and increase family literacy, among other things.

    The grant also is being used to set up a mentoring program that ties the middle school to the elementary and high schools, along with an adult mentor for every group of students elected to participate in the program.

  • Panthers oust Maroon Tide

    SALTVILLE –– Galax had seen hitters like this before. The Maroon Tide had faced the power, the leaping ability, the energizing effect that a series of blazing kills can have on a team and its home fans.

    Up until the first round of the Region 1A West volleyball tournament, there had usually been a reprieve when such a hitter rotated away from the front, but no such abatement would come against Northwood.

  • Richlands too much for Devils

    RICHLANDS – Grayson County fumbled the opening kickoff last Friday night in the opening round of the Region 2A West playoffs and with just over a minute ticked off the clock, trailed Richlands 7-0.

    The game, played on the unlucky Friday the 13th, only got worse and when the final horn sounded, the Blue Devils were eliminated from the playoff picture, 63-7.

    The Blue Tornados came into the game with a 9-1 record, losing early in the season to Union by a single point, 42-41, and the leader of the Southwest Conference.

  • Tide overwhelms Narrows

    Officially, Galax’s Region 1A West first-round payoff game with Narrows ended just a little after 9 p.m. That may have come as a surprise to any who thought this one would be over before it started.




    Second round

    George Wythe 56, Bland County 12

    J.I. Burton 28, Rural Retreat 6

    Galax 28, Hurley 12

    Radford 38, Honaker 3

    State quarterfinals

    4. Radford (9-3) at 1. George Wythe (11-1), Saturday, 2 p.m.

  • Commission revises plans for riverside properties

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Planning Commission recently discussed and approved several revisions for rules governing the county’s shoreline recreation zones.

  • Bagging Rights: United Way fundraiser ‘feud’ heats up

    Once again, the most anticipated competition of the year is underway. Not the Superbowl, not the World Series, not the Boston Marathon – the United Way Celebrity Bagging Challenge.

    For the eighth year in a row, local celebs will engage in a battle royale to see which Food City can raise the most money for United Way of Southwest Virginia.

  • Lawson to lead Grayson's CATE Center

    INDEPENDENCE — In addition to appointing Kelly Wilmore as the new schools superintendent, the Grayson County School Board approved a list of appointments for the school system during the Nov. 9 meeting.

    Included in the list for approval was Angela Lawson, who will serve as the principal for the school’s Career & Technical Education (CATE) Center. She began Nov. 10.

  • Churches cook up moveable feast

    INDEPENDENCE — Each year about this time, people’s thoughts turn to turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We look forward to a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner where we eat too much and spend time visiting with family and friends.