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Today's News

  • McKinney’s 21 leads Tide boys

     Galax jumped out to a huge first-quarter lead and opened Mountain Empire District play Friday with a 78-43 win over Narrows.

    The Maroon Tide (8-1 overall, 1-0 district) never trailed after holding the Green Wave (5-5, 0-1) to eight first-quarter points.

    Galax led 6-5 when it embarked on a 23-3 run over a stretch of nine minutes spanning the first and second quarters. Brock Cox drained a 3-pointer and Devonte McKinney hit a layup and free throw to ignite a run of 14 straight Maroon Tide points as Galax took a 23-8 lead into the second period.

  • Tide notches big MED win

      Thanks to Mother Nature, Galax finally got its training camp in.

    A weather-induced two-week layoff between games gave the Maroon Tide a chance to catch up on some things it had missed out on due to an abbreviated preseason. The team immediately put the extra practice time to good use by handing Narrows its first loss of the season Friday night, holding on for a 58-52 win in both teams’ Mountain Empire District opener.

  • Carroll supervisors shut down speaker

    HILLSVILLE — While citizens’ public speaking time at the Carroll Supervisors meetings is usually the forum for constituents to comment on issues or ask questions, it didn’t turn out that way Thursday for a citizen who wanted to share concerns about what he sees as a conflict of interest.

  • Artistic Calling

    An auctioneer’s rhythmic chant is not often appreciated as a piece of music, but Tony Goodman of Galax has been using his tongue-twisting verbal skills to move more than houses and cars.
    For three years, he’s been moving the collective hips and bobbing heads of the international art world.

    The veteran auctioneer has been one of the most unlikely stars of the international modern performance art world.

  • Hear them out

    After all the talk of public involvement and listening to constituents by Carroll officials, the unwillingness of the county supervisors to hear out a community member during citizens’ comment time is simply stunning.
    Yes, citizen Mike Goldwasser had spoken about his concerns over a perceived conflict of interest only a month before last Thursday’s board of supervisors meeting.

  • Grayson citizens deserve more

    GUEST EDITORIAL

    Hard times call for tough and difficult decisions. Unfortunately, Grayson County officials seem unwilling or unable to act in a prudent and sensible manner.
    Despite citizens turning out at every public hearing and meeting to express concern over governmental choices, tax increases and property assessments, the public outcries have repeatedly fallen on deaf ears.
    A citizens’ meeting in November was attended by more than 300 people, as the grassroots opposition continues to swell against decisions and practices.

  • $120M in road funds on the way

    RICHMOND — Of the nearly 900 road projects listed in the governor's $4 billion transportation plan, a dozen of them are proposed for the Twin Counties, including improving portions of U.S. 58 in Carroll County.

    With work still underway to complete the five-mile stretch on the south side of Hillsville, Gov. Bob McDonnell's program promises significant investments for three U.S. 58 projects in Carroll County.
    According to information from Gov. Bob McDonnell's office, these include:

  • Barrels explode, starting fire at Vaughan-Bassett

     

  • Health officials: influenza 'widespread' in Va.

    Far Southwest Virginia health districts have announced that this season's influenza activity has reached the “widespread” stage and has been rising locally.

    “Widespread” means there has been laboratory-confirmed influenza in at least half the state.
    This flu season is getting off to a slower start than in some years, which means that it may last longer into the spring.

  • Stoneman charged with series of crimes

    Cheston Lee Stoneman, 29, of Hillsville has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes that occurred as a result of a pursuit on Jan. 7.
    According to a police report, Galax Officer Chris Hines observed Stoneman driving a vehicle in the city and knew that Stoneman's privilege to drive was suspended. When Hines attempted to stop Stoneman, he fled east on Glendale Road into Carroll County, where he abandoned the vehicle he was driving.
    Stoneman was tracked by a Carroll deputy and his canine, along with Galax officers Jody Poole and Terry Woods.