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Today's News

  • Volleyball teams pick up wins

     Galax used a late flurry in the second set to take a three-set win over Rural Retreat, notching a 25-14, 25-20, 25-8 nondistrict win Wednesday night.

    Having breezed to the win in the first game, Galax (13-1) found itself in a battle in the second as the Indians pulled out to a 17-13 lead.

    A Rural Retreat serve into the net and a Harley Brewer kill ignited the Maroon Tide, which finished the set on a 12-3 run to take a two-game lead.

    Three powerful kills by Kem Simmons and two more spikes by Bailey Shumate helped the Maroon Tide pull in front.

  • Review: Go ahead — laugh in church

    Two days after seeing the Galax Theatre Guild's production of “Smoke on the Mountain,” I am still laughing.

    Ginger Correll and Carolyn Davis have done a remarkable job of directing this ensemble of actors so that the audience can laugh with complete abandon. The Sanders Family, Preacher Oglethorpe, as well as the members of the congregation are so genuine and funny you never feel they are mocking the people they are portraying. Instead, they just inspire guilt‑free happiness and uncontrollable laughter.

  • Register now to vote in Nov. 2 election

    Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election.
    Applications are taken at any of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ 74 customer service centers. Local voter registrars also take applications.
    (Monday will be observed as the Columbus Day holiday by DMV and many other state and federal offices).
    Residents should check their voting status before the deadline to make sure they are registered in the correct polling precinct.

  • Outhouse Olympics

    INDEPENDENCE — The annual Mountain Foliage Festival features events you can see nowhere else, like outhouses on wheels racing down the street, a Potty Princess “beauty” pageant and a toilet paper toss.
    The town's Grand Privy Race was recently named the state's official outhouse race by the Virginia General Assembly. Teams pull custom-built outhouses — or “privies” — in a race for the prized bedpan trophy.
    The event kicks off today, Friday, with a pie baking contest and the pageant tonight.

  • Supervisors still hope to find school construction funding

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials say they were shocked to learn that the Carroll County school system will not receive any of the $26.7 million sought in federal funding to make school improvements.
    Carroll learned a week ago that it would not be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program through USDA-Rural Development.

  • Squealers opens BBQ restaurant in Galax

    Squealers Authentic BBQ Co. opened a new restaurant on Sunday at the former Sonic location on East Stuart Drive in Galax, beside Sears, to serve up favorites like smoked pork barbecue, beef brisket, chicken, ribs, homemade sides, desserts and breads — and everything in between.

    The specialty is the barbecue, with every piece slowly cooked for hours in a large smoker to give it the best flavor possible.

  • Galax test scores surpass state benchmarks

    It's nothing new for Galax schools to be fully accredited, based on Standards of Learning scores, and this ability to exceed the required SOL benchmarks allows the system to create new and innovative programs.

  • Shooting victim to undergo facial surgery

    INDEPENDENCE — A man shot in the face remains hospitalized after being critically injured in a Sept. 27 incident in Independence.
    Kenneth Eugene Group II, 47, of Hilltop Drive was shot with a .38 caliber pistol while sitting in a car at his residence. Police said Group was shot through the window glass.
    Group was taken to Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment.

  • Final appeal denied in double murder case

    The Virginia Supreme Court saw no grounds to consider the last-ditch appeal of a Carroll man convicted of murder in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths two teens in Fancy Gap.

    In late September, the supreme court declined to hear the appeal of Clinton Eric Burke, who had been found guilty in the deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

  • Galax wins Region C golf

     WYTHEVILLE – Galax’s top four golfers all came in at 77 or below as the Maroon Tide coasted to the Region C championship Tuesday at Wytheville Golf Club.

    Galax finished with a team score of 296, a full 16 strokes better than runner-up Giles. Both teams will advance to next week’s Group A tournament near Yorktown.

    Brock Cox was the individual champion with a 1-over par 71 on a blustery, chilly day. Cox bogeyed the final two holes but had built enough of a lead to hold off Tanner Carbaugh of Giles by one shot.