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Today's News

  • History: According to Gooch

    WOODLAWN — It's tempting to say that Gooch Harmon, who presides over his complex of clothing stores on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn, pulled himself up by his bootstraps, but the foundation of his commercial success stems from his decades selling cars.
    After all, Harmon still spends much of his time in the "Boot Capital of Virginia," where the store moves several thousand pairs a year.
    But his time as a car salesman preceded the launch of his retail boot business and other clothing outlets by about 15 years.

  • Galax to host Volley for the Cure night

     Galax High School’s volleyball program is thinking pink.

    The Maroon Tide and Narrows varsity and JV teams will be competitors on the floor but teammates for a cause Thursday as Galax hosts the Green Wave for a ‘Volley for the Cure’ game at the GHS gymnasium.

    The Mountain Empire District match will begin at 6 p.m. with the JV game, and the varsity will follow.

  • Tide posts solid results at Charlotte

     CHARLOTTE –– Galax enjoyed one of its best-ever visits to the Wendy’s Classic on Oct. 2, earning just its second top-15 individual finish by the boys’ team as well as its highest team finish ever by the girls.

    The Maroon Tide placed 16th out of 28 girls’ teams, led by top-100 finishes by Megan Boyles (57th, 21 minutes, 23 seconds), Lindsey Ayers (92nd, 22:25) and Marleigh Durham (93rd, 22:26) in a field of 196 runners.

  • Carroll County shuts down Abingdon 28-3

     HILLSVILLE –– Blake Bowman accounted for 313 all-purpose yards and Carroll County’s defense kept Abingdon out of the end zone for the first time this year as the Cavaliers claimed a 28-3 win in a Southwest District game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    A senior quarterback, Bowman rushed 15 times for 120 yards, completed two passes for 40 yards and totaled 153 yards in punt returns as the Cavaliers improved to 4-2 overall, 2-0 in the district with the win.

  • Maroon Tide hangs on

     Galax opened a 20-0 lead, weathered a Grayson County rally and finally held on for one of the biggest wins this program has seen in many a year, earning a 23-14 victory over the archrival Blue Devils in a key Mountain Empire District game Friday.

    “They made plays,” Galax coach Mark Dixon said. “The thing is they keep coming back. Grayson made a run at us there and we came back. We responded. I couldn’t be any prouder of them, because I know how good a football team Grayson County is.” 

  • Galax teen reported missing
  • Galax 23, Grayson County 14

     Galax opened a 20-0 lead, weathered a Grayson County rally and finally held on for one of the biggest wins this program has seen in many a year, earning a 23-14 victory over the archrival Blue Devils in a key Mountain Empire District game Friday in Galax.

  • Grayson prosecutor opens Galax office

    Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught recently announced that his office will expand its service area staffing into the City of Galax.

  • Graduation rates improving

    HILLSVILLE —  Twin County high school graduation rates defy the stereotype that rural students are more likely drop out before completing their education.

    The high schools in Carroll, Galax and Grayson all topped the statewide average of students that either graduate on time or earn some other certification, like a GED.

  • Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart

    The Galax Police Department received a report at 4:49 p.m. today, Thursday, that a Walmart associate was told there was possibly a bomb located in the store.
    Galax police responded and the store was evacuated pending a search. Explosive canines were used to check the store.
    Galax police are seeking a white male, approximately 40 years old,  6’3” tall, wearing a faded red T-shirt and tan or khaki pants. The suspect was known to be located in the service desk area prior to communicating the threat.
    The store was cleared to reopen at 8:45 PM.