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Today's News

  • Galax settles down, ousts Wave

    PULASKI –– As if the baseball gods had seen enough shoddy play for one evening – 10 runs and six errors in a 50-minute first inning – nearly three inches of rain pounded Calfee Park Tuesday, in effect telling Clintwood and Galax to go home and come back when they could do the game justice.

    Galax got the message.

    Picking up in the top of the third inning Thursday with Clintwood leading 7-6, Galax played flawlessly the rest of the way and pulled out an 11-7 win in the Group A Division 1 state quarterfinals.

  • One more title to play for

    RADFORD –– Nearly every member of Galax’s baseball team has multiple state championship rings from other sports. Some own as many as five. None would be as improbable as this.

    A two-out RBI single by Bryant Cox in the bottom of the 11th inning extended by one more day what has been a magical year for Galax athletics and propelled the Maroon Tide into yet another state championship game as the Tide pulled off a grueling 4-3 win over Rappahannock in the Group A Division 1 semifinals Friday at Radford University.

  • Carroll attracts 22 superintendent candidates

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools have received a total of 22 applications in its superintendent search, 15 from Virginia, according to a news release.

    The school board recently began a superintendent search after Greg Smith decided to resign his position to take over the leadership of Richmond County schools. He will depart at the end of June.

  • Suspects sought in assault case

    Galax police are asking for help locating two suspects in an assault case.
    According to a police report, on June 3 around 10 p.m., a Galax man was walking south on Main Street close to NAPA Auto Parts.
    A white male — described as 6 feet tall and slender, with a mustache and a lip ring — walked up to him and asked if the victim had a lighter. He then pushed the victim.
    When the victim started to fight back, a second person hit him from behind. There is no description for the second suspect.

  • Budget balances without tax hike

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has managed to balance its budget without a tax or fee increase for the second straight year.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the words supervisors and citizens alike wanted to hear during the board of supervisor’s final work session last Wednesday night — “we have a balanced budget.”
    After countless hours of meetings and adjustments, supervisors managed to close a nearly half-million-dollar deficit without increasing costs to citizens during increasingly tough economic times.

  • Carjacking suspect's case headed to grand jury

     

  • Sawyers project an excellent example of home-grown growth

    Local governments spend an enormous amount of time and resources trying to recruit new businesses and industries to come to the area, sowing seeds of future growth by flying in CEOs and cultivating relationships with potential employers.
    Whether these efforts bear fruit is unpredictable, so it is always encouraging when a local idea sprouts, without the labor-intensive process of recruitment.
    Such was the case with the new owners of the old Sawyers Furniture plant in West Galax, a building that had sat vacant for 15 years on Kenbrook Drive.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/11/12

    On deaf ears
    Talking about nobody speaking up at meetings and stuff about taxes — we have spoken and talked until we were blue in the face for years. It doesn’t do a bit of good. I guess people have about given up trying.

    Flat out broke

  • Autopsy shows man died of farm-related injuries

    HILLSVILLE — Police now characterize the death of a 54-year-old Woodlawn man as the result of a farm accident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    A search began for Claude Gardner (no relation to the sheriff) after family members reported him missing June 5. The search was called off after midnight due to bad weather to resume the next morning.
    But family members found Gardner’s body in a creek on his farm, about a quarter-mile from his home on Woodlawn Road at about 7 a.m. on June 6, before the searchers returned.

  • Republican primary is Tuesday

    A statewide Republican primary on Tuesday will select a nominee for U.S. Senate for the Nov. 6 election.
    Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Four candidates are on the ballot for the U.S. Senate seat: former Sen. George Allen of Mount Vernon; Del. R.G. “Bob” Marshall of Manassas; Tea Party candidate and pastor Earl W. Jackson of Chesapeake; and Jamie L. Radtke of Chesterfield County, a first-time political candidate and Tea Party leader.