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Today's News

  • Tide reaches semis

    Galax’s football field is suffering from a groundskeeper’s version of male-pattern baldness, the area between the hashes having been pulverized into a grassless, dusty moonscape due to the combination of drought conditions and added weeks of practices and games as the Maroon Tide’s season has extended now into the third round of the postseason.

    Compounding the problem is the fact that, as they say, grass won’t grow on a race track.

  • Playoff notes: Sponsored by Acme, Inc.

     You know it’s going to be a good day when you get to quote Yosemite Sam on the sports page.

    The mascots of two of Region 1A West’s final four teams are colors, and if you ever thought coming up with a caricature of a Tide is difficult, try personifying Blue or Maroon. George Wythe created a scowly-faced toughie, fists clenched, in rolled up sleeves and a toboggan – a longshoreman, maybe? – to represent its Maroon. Well played, George Wythe.

  • Tide vs. Pioneers, take 2

    There was the feeling, that Saturday afternoon in early October (the hope, certainly among Galax faithful), that these two teams would see each other again down the road.

  • Dog mauling death trial set for March

    INDEPENDENCE — John Terry Underwood, charged in the dog attack death of a 15-month-old girl, is set to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court for a motion on his second-degree murder case in February.

    Underwood was scheduled to appear for a case review on Nov. 10, where a jury trial date was set for March 2, 2017. According to the circuit court database, the court now will hear and consider a motion regarding the case on Feb. 23, 2017.

    Terra Lynn Connell, who was also charged in the incident, is scheduled to have a trial date set on Jan. 27, 2017.

  • Carroll names top teachers for 2016

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County has announced the finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year. Recognized at the November regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, 10 teachers were nominated, one from each school in the county. The winner will be announced at the board’s December meeting.

    The teachers included in this year’s list range in specialties and experience and all have shown dedication to their students throughout their different methods of teaching.

    Nominated teachers include:

  • Grayson initiative promotes vocational education

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently held a special meeting at the Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education Center to discuss potential programs that could assist in workforce development and job opportunities for students.

  • Woman stabbed in Hillsville

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Galax woman has been hospitalized and a man is in custody following a stabbing that occurred in Hillsville on Tuesday night.

    According to a news release from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were dispatched at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Nov. 22 to Apartment #6 at 843 West Stuart Drive for a possible stabbing.

  • Audit: Virginia vulnerable to fraud

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND —Mismanagement and lax oversight at the state’s primary agency for spurring business expansion have left Virginia vulnerable to fraud for more than two decades, according to an audit released this month.

  • Wind downs power line, causing fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a power line down and transformer on fire at 1163 Edmonds Road on Nov. 20 at 9:10 p.m.

    “The major concern with the wind was the potential for this to start a brush fire,” explained Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers. “While en route, dispatch notified members that they had received a second call for another line down across the road on a vehicle. Members put out a small grass fire started from one of the lines and isolated the areas until AEP arrived.”

  • Readers Hotline 11/23/16

    On the air
    I want to thank AM radio station 1360 for continuing to have some of our religious programs during weekdays and also for giving out the local obituaries twice a day.

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