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Today's News

  • Galax schools will offer raises, hire teachers

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Members of the Galax City Council discussed several upcoming changes at their March 25 meeting, including the school budget, the demolishing of a long-abandoned building next to the New River Trail access on West Stuart Drive and a golf cart ordinance allowing the recreational vehicles on certain roads.
    School Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the board with the 2013-014 school budget, which was balanced and included enough funds left over to cover several extra expenses.

  • Despite warnings, drivers didn't slow down in fog

    HILLSVILLE — Ramesh Sangheni said he and his family are lucky.
    The local hotel owner was driving south on Interstate 77 on Easter Sunday with his family when they were involved in a massive chain-reaction pileup of 97 vehicles that closed the highway for hours.
    His car was damaged but no one was hurt.
    “I thought I was going to die,” he said on Monday.

  • First responders reflect on deadly I-77 crash

    HILLSVILLE — More than 100 police, fire, medics, tow truck operators and road crews responded to the scene of the mass collision that killed three and injured around 30 more people unfortunate enough to be on fog-bound Interstate 77 on Easter Sunday afternoon.
    The incident hadn’t claimed any more lives as of press time on Wednesday, according to emergency officials.

  • Galax boys 4-0 after toppling Floyd Co.

    FLOYD –– Andres Medina scored three times for Galax, which stayed undefeated on the year after taking a 4-1 nondistrict win Monday over Floyd County.

    Medina’s hat trick came on successive goals for Galax (4-0), and Junior Espinosa capped the scoring for the Tide.

    Mario Carranza provided a pair of assists and Mesael Solis stopped four of the five shots Floyd County attempted.

  • Cav comeback comes up short

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County dug itself out of a four-run hole but couldn’t complete the comeback and dropped a 4-3 loss to Floyd County in a nondistrict game Tuesday at CCHS.

    The Buffaloes (4-0) had just scored three runs to take a 4-0 lead when the Cavaliers (1-2) began their comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Floyd pitcher Christene Phillips held Carroll County to one hit through the first four innings before issuing a leadoff walk to Tiffany Moore, who stole second and scored on a two-out single to right field by Kayla Walker.

  • Grayson a 4-3 walk-off winner

    INDEPENDENCE –– Conven-tional baseball wisdom dictates that you play for the win on the road, play for the tie at home. Wednesday, the road team got the tie and the home team took the win.

    Carroll County scored twice in the seventh to tie Grayson County at 3-3, but the Blue Devils got an RBI single from Spencer Roberts with none out in the bottom of the inning to edge the Cavaliers 4-3 in a nondistrict game at the Grayson Rec. Park.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/3/13

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  • Man charged with larceny, forgery in Galax

    Police say suspect was trying to break into cars and pass forged checks.

  • VDOT planning I-77 safety improvements

    SALEM — Safety on Interstate 77 at Fancy Gap has been an ongoing issue for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
    Highway officials in 2012 revealed proposed safety improvements to the dangerous stretch of road in Carroll County. The I-77 safety project includes installing variable speed limit signs, more electronic message boards,  "pan-tilt-zoom" cameras and more road weather information systems.

  • He's one

    Landon Gray Smith turned 1 on March 3. He celebrated with a baby Mickey-themed party with family and friends. 

    Landon is the son of Christopher and DeAnn Smith of Hillsville. His grandparents are Dennis and Debbie Frost of Galax, and James and Bonnie Smith of Hillsville.