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Today's News

  • Galax arrests include drugs, abduction, burglary

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included burglary, abduction, drug violations and a gun charge.
    Jerry Paul Tate, 52 of Galax was arrested by officers Mark Burnett and John Reavis on June 1 at 7:12 p.m. and charged with two counts of felony burglary at night to commit a felony; felony grand larceny stealing property, not from a person, valued at greater than $200; felony possession of controlled substances; felony possession of controlled substances paraphernalia; and misdemeanor petit larceny first offense.

  • Dickerson served as page in General Assembly

    In a photo taken in Richmond a few months ago, Galax Middle School’s Richard Dickerson is dressed in a good suit, smiling and getting ready to open a public door. He looks sharp, capable and ready for action.

  • Fries approves $1.39m budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council approved a balanced budget during their June 7 meeting; and bid farewell to council members Dawn Patton and Carolyn Jones, who will turn their seats over to Gary Sumner and Cynthia Grant in July.

  • Charter service offers sightseeing, guided fishing on New River

    Ben Lucas, a native of Ashe County, N.C., and a river guide with Rock On Charters, has a strong passion for river fishing as well as conservation.
    The business, which is run by a group of professional fishing guides and anglers, seeks to teach clients about the sport and foster a desire to protect the nature and wildlife around them.

  • State ethics police should police ethics

    In theory, a state ethics commission would curb questionable behavior and unseemly practices by elected officials.
    Such a council could resolve questions and quandaries involving lawmakers and public workers. It could define the gray areas of operating in the public sphere. Its very presence could even act as a deterrent to unethical behavior.
    All of that, however, depends on a few basic principles. An effective ethics council must be fair. It must be transparent. It must engender public trust and confidence. And violations must have consequences.

  • Readers Hotline 6/13/16

    A moving tribute
    I was privileged to attend the Veterans Memorial Dedication at Galax. What a beautiful memorial it is. Anyone who has a family veteran that is not listed, it isn’t too late. They can still be listed. It’s a great way to memorialize your loved ones. I had tears in my eyes when I saw my husband’s. He was in World War II. I was so glad I had put his in. It’s a beautiful thing to do.

    What’s the purpose?

  • Mathews blanks Galax

    RADFORD –– Galax’s softball team has had better days this year. But having finally stepped foot on the biggest stage, and having done so with a young team, there’s the hope that better days lay ahead, as well.

    The Maroon Tide had one of its poorer defensive showings with six errors and never mounted a threat against Mathews pitcher Madison South, falling 8-0 to the East Region champions Friday in the Group 1A semifinals at Radford University.

  • Dragons silence Grayson, 2-1

     

    By LARRY CHAMBERS

    Staff

     

    SALEM – Maggie Walker scored two runs in the first inning Friday and made it hold up for a 2-1 victory over Grayson County in the semifinal round of the Group 2A state baseball tournament played at Kiwanis Park in Salem.

    The two teams were about equally matched, both finishing the game with four hits and four errors and both making big plays when they needed them.

  • No three-peat for Tide

    RADFORD –– It had happened so often this year, it should have come as no surprise that after a long scoreless stretch, a Galax goal once again ramped the energy level into high gear and initiated a scoring flurry that would decide the game.

    The shocking part was that this time, the Maroon Tide goal juiced the other guys.

  • Mother, daughter remembered at vigil

    A celebration of Anastasia Alley’s “first birthday in heaven” was held at Dannelly Park in Galax on Monday evening. The event, from 5 to about 9 p.m., was organized by Anastasia’s paternal grandmother, Lisa Alley.

    Alley, 21 months, and her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, were the victims of a double homicide on March 10 of this year. An arrest has been made in the case, but Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said the investigation is ongoing.