Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 9/14/11


  • Suspect briefly slips out of police custody


    INDEPENDENCE — A Fredericksburg man faces several charges, including felony escape, following an incident in Independence on Sunday.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a suspicious person sitting in a car on the parking lot of Grayson Inn and Suites.
    Deputy Alan Graham and Sgt. Arnold Peters were dispatched to the scene, where they found the man in a 2010 Hyundai reported stolen in Spotsylvania County.

  • Save Green Expo set for Saturday

    A gathering of environmentally-oriented businesses and non-profits will provide information and technology to attendees of the second annual “Save Green Expo” at Crossroads Institute in Galax on Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The free event is to educate local residents on ways to save money and help the environment, through the theme, “Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle.”
    It is an opportunity for those interested in environmental issues, green technology and green jobs to see what is available within the region.

  • Student injured in crash


  • Tractor-trailer destroyed by fire

    A tractor-trailer was practically unrecognizable after catching fire at Interstate 77's Exit 19 Tuesday after 2 p.m.

    Hillsville Fire, Carroll Fire-Rescue, Barren Springs Fire and Laurel Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

    Though there was a report of a fuel tank exploding, Hillsville Fire Department's David Young said that was actually a tire.

  • National Night Out video now online

    The Galax Police Department has just posted a 12-minute YouTube video of its 2011 National Night Out crime prevention event, which brought thousands of people downtown for a night of free fun. Check it out!

  • Area volleyball teams pick up victories

     BLUEFIELD –– Galax gave Graham a rude welcome to the Mountain Empire District volleyball scene, rolling to a 25-10, 25-10, 25-7 win Thursday night.

    Allison White led the Maroon Tide (4-1, 1-0) at the net with 10 kills and a pair of blocks, Paige Hanks had five aces among her 12 serving points and Grace Wilson had nine assists and seven points.

    Bailey Shumate, Taylor Bryant and Harley Brewer combined for 15 kills and Carolyn Vaughan served for 10 points.

  • Motley and crew dominate Cavs

    HILLSVILLE—Christiansburg scored on its first six possessions Friday night en route to a 52-13 thrashing of Carroll County at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Cavaliers (0-3) were pushed around on both offense and defense and managed only 21 yards in the first half before putting up two scores in the second half against the reserves.

    Virginia Tech commit Brenden Motley wasted no time putting the Blue Demons on the board following a three-and-out by the Cavalier offense.

  • Grayson slams Indians 52-13

    RURAL RETREAT – When two undefeated teams clash on the football field, one has to come away a loser.

    The loser last Friday night was Rural Retreat after Grayson County rolled into Indian country and came away with a 52-13 nondistrict victory for the Blue Devils.

    Grayson County set the tone of the game early when Zack Vaughan took the opening kickoff and, after some nifty running and breaking tackles, rambled 73 yards for the touchdown with only 16 seconds ticked off the clock. Mario Ruiz kicked the extra point for the 7-0 lead.

  • Galax tames Mustangs

    The Mountain Empire District portion of Galax’s schedule is still a few weeks away, but so far the Maroon Tide is 3-0 in Three Rivers District play.

    Galax fell behind early before scoring 56 unanswered points, knocking off its third TRD opponent in as many weeks with a 56-12 thrashing of Eastern Montgomery in the Tide’s homecoming game Friday.