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Today's News

  • Carrico named to finance committee

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate has reshuffled its standing committees and the changes give Southwest Virginia, and specifically the Twin County region, representation on the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee.
    Republicans have working control of the evenly-divided chamber and they used that advantage last week to install first-term Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) on the powerful Finance Committee.

  • Mink Motor Sales larceny suspect arrested

    Galax police arrested Billy Dean Caldwell, 54, of Galax, on Jan. 24 and charged him in connection with a burglary at Mink Motor Sales.

  • Board wants to go after delinquent taxes

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors indicate they would publish a list of delinquent taxpayers to encourage them to pay up — if they could only get that information from the county treasurer.
    Not for the first time, Supervisor Sam Dickson says he wants the county officials to get a complete list of delinquent taxes.
    At a board of supervisors’ meeting on Jan. 14, County Attorney Jim Cornwell answered that he’d been working on it and had received “some, but not all” of the list.

  • Allen house part of statewide celebration

    RICHMOND — One place being celebrated during the “Year of the Virginia Historic Home” is the house built in 1911 by J. Sidna Allen in Fancy Gap.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell declared 2013 the year of the historic home because Virginia’s Executive Mansion will turn two centuries old, according to information posted to a website for that purpose, historicalhomes.virginia.gov.

  • Wythe pulls away from Galax

    WYTHEVILLE –– Baseball season is still a couple of months away, but Galax could use a closer right about now.

    For the second straight game the Maroon Tide found itself either tied or in the lead in the fourth quarter only to come up well short of its second win of the year, falling to George Wythe 60-49 in a nondistrict game Monday night.

  • Galax drops twin bill to Graham

    BLUEFIELD –– Graham took advantage of a cold shooting night by Galax and knocked the Maroon Tide girls out of a three-way tie for the Mountain Empire District lead with a 42-29 win Thursday night at Graham Middle School.

    The G-Girls (9-8 overall, 3-2 district) never trailed as Galax (10-7, 4-2) hit just a quarter of their field goal attempts.

    The Maroon Tide trailed 23-14 at halftime but Sydney Lindsey scored Galax’s first 10 points of the second half to pull the Tide to within 28-24.

  • Wrestlers in the homestretch

    INDEPENDENCE –– The four Mountain Empire District wrestling teams finished up the district portion of their regular season with a quad match Thursday at Grayson County, with Graham finishing with a 3-0 mark against Galax, Grayson and Fort Chiswell.

    Galax came away with a 2-1 team mark, Grayson was victorious over Fort, which went 0-3 on the night.

  • Tide breaks through for first MED win

    Galax snapped a seven-game slide and came away with its first district win of the year, rolling past Narrows 50-32 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Wednesday.

    The Maroon Tide (2-12 overall, 1-4 district) jumped out to a 19-10 lead after the first quarter and took a 36-23 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Steven Peoples led all scorers with 12 points for Galax, which got scoring contributions from 10 players.

    Narrows (7-9, 0-5) was led by Rodney Perdue with 10 points.

     

  • Cavs 17-0 after 30-point third

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County basketball fans know it’s coming, or at least they think they do. More times than not, they’re right.

    In winning its 17th game without a loss – the best start in school history – Carroll County once again did what it has already done so many times this year. One minute the Cavaliers will be in a battle. Two or four or eight minutes later, they’re sitting atop a 20-point lead.

  • Fancy Gap class sends Sandy Hook students a wish for peace

    HILLSVILLE — Fancy Gap students want 1,000 paper cranes to carry a message of peace to the children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
    Fourth and fifth graders in Anita Semones’ class continue reading “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” a story about a girl who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to die later of leukemia from exposure to radiation.
    Sadako knew the Japanese adage that if you make a thousand origami paper cranes, you get a wish, the teacher explained. But Sadako died after finishing only 644.