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Today's News

  • School, instructor threatened after social media posts

    By SHANNON WATKINS

    Staff

    The Galax Police Department is investigating a threat made against Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Tuesday by a caller who was traced to South Carolina.

    The threat, which led to the school’s closing for the day, was apparently the result of a Facebook meme that is being attributed to one of CCSA’s instructors. (The school reopened the next day but continued to field calls and messages about the social media posting.)

  • Blue Devils knock off Bland County

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County built a 15-point halftime lead and withstood a second-half charge by Bland County to notch its second win of the season, taking a 66-59 victory Wednesday in a Mountain Empire District game.

    The Blue Devils (2-14) jumped on the Bears (3-12) early, taking a five-point lead into the second quarter and expanding it to 36-21 by halftime.

  • Tide rally a memorable one

    It’s been a while since a Galax girls’ basketball team last scored in the 70s. Perhaps about as long as the last time eight girls scored in double figures in one game or the last time the Maroon Tide won after being down by 16 points in the second half.

    The most recent occurrence of all three came Tuesday night. Trailing Graham 43-27 two minutes into the third quarter, Galax staged a remarkable rally, survived into overtime and eventually escaped with a 73-70 Mountain Empire District win over the G-Girls (8-3).

  • Flag bill doesn't fly in Va. Senate

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — As it has for more than 150 years, the Civil War divided friends again on Jan. 20, this time in a legislative hearing.

    After a discussion about whether the Sons of Confederate Veterans should be allowed to have a Confederate battle flag on license plates, the state Senate Transportation Committee voted 6-3 to reject the idea.

    SB45, sponsored by 40th District Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County), would have removed the prohibition of a flag logo on the organization’s special-interest plates.

  • Maroon Tide goes 5-0 at Richlands duals

    RICHLANDS –– Galax claimed five team wins and had two wrestlers finish with 5-0 marks in a six-team dual meet held Jan. 16 at Richlands.

    The Maroon Tide posted wins over Central-Wise (54-15), Honaker (66-6), Richlands (41-30), Patrick Henry-Glade Spring (41-27) and Tazewell (50-24).

  • Galax swims for the cure

    BUCHANAN –– Galax participated in the Swim for the Cure swim meet at James River on Jan. 11, with the Maroon Tide boys finishing first among four teams, the Galax girls placing third and the team placing second in the combined team scores.

    Galax’s boys racked up 97 points to outdistance host James River’s 76. Parry McCluer was third with 34 and Glenvar placed fourth with 17.

    Glenvar edged James River 92-91 in the girls’ standings and Galax placed third with 64.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/27/16

    Closely held
    The Carroll County supervisors need to appoint people other than themselves and their friends to the industrial development authority, public service authority and all the other committees. State law has finally caught up with what they have been doing for years.

    Behind the cost

  • Morgan to be sentenced on fraud charges

    ABINGDON – Robert Donald Morgan III of Hillsville is scheduled for sentencing in federal court in February after pleading guilty to two charges in a bank fraud case.

    Morgan, 43, was arrested in April 2015 after a U.S. Secret Service investigation led to allegations that Morgan stole money from his employer, Andrews Farming Inc. He was the local company’s accountant and bookkeeper.

  • Police make 5 felony arrests

    Staff Report

    Felony arrests reported by the Galax Police Department for January 10-24 included:

    • Ronald Vance Slater, 24, of Galax, arrested on Jan. 12 by Officer A.S. Bobbitt for felony probation violation;

    • Olyvia Christine Fraker, 22, of Raleigh, N.C., arrested on Jan. 13 by officer T.B. Jefferson for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (misdemeanor) and two counts of felony possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance;

  • Community rallies for 'Mighty Max'

    You might already have seen the T-shirts around town, along with business marquee signs with messages of support.

    You’ve probably seen the logo on Facebook: a cartoon boy’s face, colored green, with a shaggy dark haircut and a tough, determined smile, bearing the hashtag #MightyMax.

    Now meet the kid behind the commotion.

    Max Brown, 4, of Galax, has been mostly healthy in his young life. He’s fond of staying over at his paternal grandmother’s home on Saturday nights with his cousins to play with them, as any kid would.