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Today's News

  • Maroon Tide rolls over Chilhowie

    Stew Merdian smashed a double to deep centerfield in the sixth inning last Thursday to clear the bases and give the Galax Maroon Tide a 10-0 nondistrict victory over Chilhowie in a game played in Felts Park.

    The Tide led 9-0  at the time but because of the slaughter rule Merdian only got credit for one RBI.

    Lucas Dalton pitched a strong game for the Maroon Tide, allowing four hits, striking out eight and allowing two walks. Daniel Boardwine had two of the Warriors’ hits.

  • Mayo set to take charge of Galax girls’ hoops

    Howard Mayo is coming back home. Not that he ever really left.

    Though he has been coaching in North Carolina for the past 14 years, Mayo never relocated from his home in Fancy Gap. The girls’ basketball position at Carroll County is made Mayo a resident of the Twin Counties as a newly-minted Bluefield College graduate in the late 1980s, and the same position at Galax is what’s bringing him back professionally.

  • Grayson makes amends

    INDEPENDENCE –– In the two softball meetings this season between Grayson County and Galax, each team was able to claim a win. Each was easily able to lay claim to a loss, as well.

    In both games, including Tuesday’s Blue Devil victory, the home team did nearly everything right. Conversely, the road team did little to stand in the way.

  • Readers Hotline 5/16/16

    Forgiven
    This is for the person who stole the Bible out of my convertible, either at Fairview Church or at Mountain Surf. You know who you are. It has my name on it. Read it. Maybe you will learn something from it. I have forgiven you. I hope God has.
    Editor’s note: The caller later notified the newspaper that the Bible was returned. The thief must have gotten to the “thou shalt not steal” part.

    In a bind

  • Memorial Day has special significance in Galax this year

    By Frank Plichta, Galax

    For many families, Memorial Day is a most sacred time to remember their family members who served in the Armed Forces and sacrificed all that they had, to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

    Many thousands fell on the battlefields around the world, some never to return home and some that are still missing after many years. Still many more returned home and lived out their lives in their communities for which they fought unselfishly.

  • Grayson seeks way to pay for bleachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The school system and the county are dealing with tight budgets this year, which has left both parties concerned about how to fund the construction of the new football bleachers at Grayson County High School.

  • Relief effort underway for fire victim

    Dusty Shores, 61, of Galax, was burned, lost his kitchen and had the rest of his some saturated with smoke last Tuesday, when a hot wax treatment for arthritis ignited on his stove.

    Family members are helping out and collecting donations through a GoFundMe online fundraiser.

  • Carroll adds roads to VDOT plan

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors last week approved a plan that outlines 30 roads slated for surface improvements over the next six years.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed secondary six-year road plan was approved at the supervisors’ May regular monthly meeting.

  • Fries author shares stories with visiting students

    FRIES ― For several years, students from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., have paid visits to Fries during their Spring Break Immersion Program.

    Visiting students volunteer with a variety of community service projects such as spring cleaning at the Riverview apartments and repairs/cleaning around the town and at the Fries Community Center. In turn, the students are immersed in the culture of the southern Appalachian region, and learn about the rich history of the Grayson County community.

  • Resident burned in Fries Road house fire

    Staff Report

    Galax firefighters pride themselves on a quick response time, but on Tuesday night it was even faster than usual.

    That was good news for a person who was burned in a cooking-related fire at their home.

    On May 10 at 8:13 p.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 505 Fries Road in Galax.