Today's News

  • 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.



    State quarterfinals

    George Wythe 35, Radford 28

    Galax 35, J.I. Burton 12


    State quarterfinals

    Essex 35, Sussex Central 20

    Riverheads 42, Central-Lunenburg 0


    GROUP 1A

    State semifinals

    No. 3W Galax (9-4) at No. 1E Essex (12-1)

    No. 2E Riverheads (13-0) at No. 1W George Wythe (12-1)

  • 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.

  • Galax seeking school mentors

    Galax schools are looking for adult mentors to work with kids one or two days a month, according to Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell.

  • VanEngen, Helmick to marry

    Ches R. Helmick of Galax and Meagan VanEngen announce their engagement.
    They will be married in 2016 in Lynchburg.
    Helmick is with Edward Jones Investments.

    VanEngen is a doctoral student at Virginia Tech.
    They attended Liberty University.
    The couple said that any gifts can be made in their name to the Twin County Humane Society or Backpack Buddies.