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Today's News

  • Quesenberry, Tide shock Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax needed to do everything right for 32 minutes to knock off regular season champion Grayson County in the Mountain Empire District semifinals, and the Maroon Tide did just that for all but the final two.

    The Tide made the most of a couple of extra chances to re-do those final 120 seconds.

    Galax won its fourth straight game after starting the season 2-15 and kept its season alive with a 77-76 win Thursday over Grayson County in a thriller that needed two overtimes to decide.

  • Galax run ends one win short

    MAX MEADOWS –– Some-where in Southwest Virginia, a small school basketball team is breathing a huge sigh of relief.

    Entering the postseason as the 10th-rated team in Region C Division 1, Galax was poised to force its way into the six-team playoff field as an automatic qualifier by virtue of a district tournament championship. Had the Maroon Tide been able to pull it off, it would have opened regionals as the No. 2 seed and knocked the current No. 6 team out of the playoffs in the process. As it stands, Galax will be left out completely.

  • Devil girls add tourney title

    MAX MEADOWS –– Mountain Empire District regular season champion Grayson County starts four sophomores, and for the longest time Friday night, it showed. The Blue Devils also start some talented kids with 40-plus games of varsity competition under their belts. That showed when it mattered most.

    Grayson County shook off a sluggish, tentative start and finished with a flourish, validating its season title by zooming past Galax 52-41 for the MED girls’ tournament title at Fort Chiswell.

  • Creek project kept Galax above water

    An August 1940 flood swept in improvements to Chestnut Creek in Galax that continue to keep residential and industrial areas, and even portions of downtown, dry today.
    It took until the 1950s for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to “straighten the creek,” but an inspection in 2011 shows that the project still works to minimize flooding in the city.
    Engineer Randy Campbell from Huntington, W.Va., in 2011 inspected the project that the corps built to see how it was holding up.

  • Bomb threat determined to be hoax

    INDEPENDENCE ― A bomb threat at Grayson County High School on Feb. 12 turned out to be a hoax.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he received a call around noon that day from Grayson school administrator Steve Cornett in reference to a bomb threat found written on a bathroom wall at GCHS.

  • Suspect charged with malicious wounding

    HILLSVILLE — A man has been charged with malicious wounding after a fist fight broke out at Larrowe Apartments on Farmers Market Road late Wednesday afternoon, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Carroll County Sheriff Department deputies responded to the scene after a report came in at about 4 p.m. that a man was bloody and unresponsive on the floor of one of the apartments.
    Deputy Barry Lineberry charged Harley D. Phillips with malicious wounding, the sheriff  said.

  • Wildwood prospect still pending

    Twin County economic developers may know definitive answers by May or June about whether a major business prospect will locate at Wildwood Commerce Park.
    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) last year asked the Virginia Tobacco Commission for financial assistance in getting the park off Interstate 77 in Carroll County ready for a business potentially interested in the site.

  • Search turns up blood trail, other evidence in homicide case

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect in a Feb. 8 shooting death might have moved the body, but search warrants show that Carroll County law enforcement found a lot of evidence left behind during their investigation of the crime scene.
    Jesse James Owens, 30, of Woodlawn stands accused of first-degree murder and related charges in the death of 45-year-old Delphie Jane Willey.

  • Suspect arrested, stolen items recovered

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man is charged in connection with a break-in and theft of several items from a Troutdale home.
    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department reports that, on Jan. 25, Brandon McClure of 1967 Honey Grove Road in Troutdale reported a residential break-in. McClure reported that several firearms, ammunition, collector knives and an underwater digital camera were stolen.

  • Urban archery program on target for Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    To curb the growing problem of deer overpopulation in Galax, city council approved an urban archery program on Feb. 12.
    The proposal was brought to council by City Manager Keith Barker. He explained that the program, offered through the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, would allow bow hunting in the city. “This is a practice that has never been allowed in this area before,” he said.