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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Assault, burglary among arrests

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was arrested on May 30 after Galax police responded to a disturbance on East Grayson Street and discovered an injured man.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, witnesses said that the accused had broken into their apartment and assaulted an occupant.

    Arley Jason Simpkins, 30, is charged with burglary in the nighttime with intent to inflict injury and aggravated assault.

  • Carroll, ANDCO look for solutions

    HILLSVILLE – Andrews Farming Inc. and ANDCO Logistics were topics of discussion for Carroll County Industrial Development Authority members and concerned citizens at the authority’s June regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.

    Markel Cochrane and Debby Brady Stone, two Carroll County citizens who have been doing research into Andrews Farming and its recent bankruptcy filing were in attendance at the June 7 meeting to ask questions of the IDA members. The produce company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke.

  • Renovations continue at Fries Theater

    FRIES — A year after renovations to the Fries Theater began, visitors are already enjoying the extensive improvements that have been made to the inside of the building.

  • Grayson's development plans move forward

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is nearing the halfway point of its five-year comprehensive plan that guides development, and county supervisors recently got an update on the previous year’s progress.

    Elaine Holeton, director of planning and community development, presented the update, highlighting the major points of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2015.