Today's News

  • 2011: A Year of Weird Weather


  • Residential values fall, commercial property rises

    The a recent tax reassessment of 3,900 Galax homes and commercial properties indicated that the value of homes fell by 2 percent while the value of commercial property rose by 2 percent, said David Hankley, commissioner of revenue for the city.
    “So, it essentially remained unchanged from the last reassessment in 2008,” said Hankley. “Everything remained flat.”
    Over the past three years, Galax has seen about a 30 percent reduction in the number of homes sold, he noted.

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  • Phase III work ready to begin

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary work for phase III school construction projects could begin as early as today, Monday, with demolition at Carroll County High.
    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith said that contractor New Atlantic has obtained all the permits necessary to begin its tasks at the high school.
    Weather permitting, contractors will prepare to add new classrooms and locker rooms at the field house at the high school by removing the asphalt to the south of the building, in the fenced in area.

  • Rooftop hires interim director

    The board of directors has named Christine Thompson as interim executive director of Rooftop of Virginia, after Rooftop’s former director and human resources manager were charged with embezzlement.
    Thompson, who has served at another community action program for 30 years, began in the position last Thursday. Thompson worked at Clinch Valley Community Action Program as deputy director for 23 years and executive director for the last 11 years.

  • Man charged with burglaries


  • Tide reaches final destination

    The Chargers came and left. Challengers have yet to appear.

    Fueled by the prolific first-half collaboration between quarterback Austin Pack and wideout Deion George, Galax rocketed to a 28-point lead early in the second quarter Saturday and skated to a 50-14 win over Lunenburg Central in the Group A Division 1 state semifinals at Galax High School.

  • Joyful Sounds In FBC Christmas Musical


    Nearly 75 cast and crew members from First Baptist Church of Galax has been rehearing since September to prepare for its performance of “Repeat the Sounding Joy” on Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.

    The production shares the Christmas story through song by moving from modern day through different eras back to Bethlehem. The play pays tribute to classic Christmas films with songs and scenes from “A Christmas Carol” to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with a full orchestra, drama and high-definition multimedia.

  • Cavs hammer Cougars in season opener

     STUART –– Carroll County jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and opened its 2011-12 season by pasting Patrick County 75-22 in a nondistrict game Monday.

    The Cavaliers held the Cougars (0-1) to six total points in the middle two periods, leading 42-13 at halftime and 63-15 entering the fourth quarter.

    Eight different Cavaliers scored between six and 12 points, led by Wes Smoot’s 12. 


    Carroll County......23  19  21  12––75

  • Hiatt’s shot sinks Patrick for Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– As the first light snow of the season was falling outside the Carroll County gym Tuesday evening, the first shots of the basketball season weren’t. But despite what could be one of Carroll’s better offensive teams in years managing just 35 points, Emily Hiatt sank the two that mattered.

    Hiatt’s slashing layup with less than five seconds to play spelled the difference as the Cavaliers opened their 2011-12 season with a 35-33 nondistrict win over Patrick County.