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Today's News

  • Grayson supervisors select Sexton as chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has picked David Mack Sexton as its new chairman for 2015.

    The selection of Sexton, which was by a unanimous vote, came at a special Jan. 5 called organizational meeting at the Matthews State Forest Meeting Center. Sexton succeeds John Brewer, who served one term in the post.

    The board annually selects its chairman near the start of the year.

    Brenda Sutherland was picked for the second consecutive year to serve as vice chairman. She was also selected by a 5-0 vote.

  • Deadline nears to sign up for insurance

    The open enrollment window closes on the Affordable Care Act marketplace Feb. 15, so counselors are gearing up for the last-month rush and educating callers.

    For instance, some people think that as long as they sign up for insurance, they’ll avoid the tax penalty for being uninsured, but they also need to pay the premiums each month.

    In Virginia, 164,884 people selected plans in the ACA marketplace in the first month of the enrollment period that began Nov. 15. That doesn’t include automatic renewals.

  • Resolve to be healthy in 2015

    By Jon D. Applebaum, Chief Executive Officer of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    At the beginning of a new year, many of us make resolutions to be healthier and maintain better habits: to lose weight, stop smoking, or exercise regularly.

    If you’ve recently enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace or are considering signing up, it’s a perfect time to think about your resolution of good health and understand how healthcare coverage can help you achieve this goal.

  • Galax comes up short against Glenvar

    Glenvar won for the eighth time in nine outings Monday night, making a slight fourth-quarter lead hold up in a 54-51 nondistrict boys’ basketball win at Galax High School.

  • Ford Duals a hit for Maroon Tide

    When talking about top-shelf wrestling programs in Southwest Virginia, the conversation normally begins and ends with Christiansburg and Grundy (sometimes Grundy and Christiansburg), with Rural Retreat sticking its foot in the door recently with some solid showings at the state level.

  • Maroon Tide players earn first-team all-state recognition

    An outstanding season by the Galax High School football team has brought statewide awards to a pair of Maroon Tide players as Joseph Dixon and Caleb Spurlin have been named to the Virginia High School League first-team all-Group 1A offense.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: January 4-10

     2010

    Grayson County was 10-of-17 from 3-point range and defeated Carroll County 89-66. Tyler Rutherford hit five treys and scored 24 for the Blue Devils.

     

    2005

    Baylie Snyder scored 33 points for Galax, including 19 in the fourth quarter, but Bland slipped by with a 77-75 overtime win. Marra Smith (19 points) and Amber Walker (18) also had a big game for the Maroon Tide.

  • Galax holds off Fort Chiswell

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax turned a three-point deficit into a three-point lead over Fort Chiswell early in the fourth quarter and came out on top 53-48 in a back-and-forth Mountain Empire District boys’ game Tuesday.

    Fort Chiswell led 46-45 just inside of six minutes to play and neither team scored for two minutes, until William Brown’s short jumper put Galax in front to stay.

  • Carroll County goes cold, suffers first River Ridge loss

     SALEM –– Carroll County never found the touch from the outside against Salem’s 2-3 zone and saw its six-game winning streak come to an end with a 33-25 loss to the Spartans in a River Ridge District game Friday.

    The Cavaliers (6-3 overall, 2-1 district) were just 2-of-19 from behind the 3-point line.

  • Salem surges past Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE – Salem fought off a fourth quarter rally last Friday night to claim a 54-45 River Ridge victory over Carroll County in a game played in Hillsville.

    Salem (3-8, 2-2 district) led 36-30 after the third period and extended it to 38-30 early in the fourth.