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Today's News

  • Former players, colleagues remember Bill Bryant

     Bill Bryant’s stay in Galax wasn’t an extremely lengthy one. But around here, he is spoken of as if he had spent a quarter-century molding the minds and bodies of young men from Baywood to Fairview.

    The former Maroon Tide football coach called Galax home for 12 years, from 1965-77. The impact he made during that time and the impression he left behind has endured ever since.

    William G. “Bill” Bryant died Monday in Bristol, Tenn., at age 66 after a long battle with cancer.

  • Goad hot in SWD tour

      Carroll County entered its final Southwest District golf match of the regular season in search of its first win as the district’s unique mini-tour hit the homestretch this week.

    The SWD gets its regular season championship drama over with in a hurry and will have its six-match district schedule over with by yesterday, including a stretch of five matches in nine days. SWD teams then move on to nondistrict matches until reconvening Sept. 28 for the district tournament.

    Willowbrook G.C.

  • Maroon Tide wins all over the place

     MARION –– Galax’s golf team went two different directions last week, but wound up at the same place – on top.

    Splitting up for a pair of events on the same day, Galax won the 11-team Bank of Marion Classic at Holston Hills, while the B-team claimed a three-way match at Great Oaks C.C. in Floyd.

    Tyler Rutherford led Grayson County to a third-place showing in the team standings by winning the individual championship, edging Galax’s John Bryant by two strokes to come in as low individual with a 71.

  • Snead wins 4.99 class at Elk Creek

     ELK CREEK –– It was another exciting weekend of racing at Elk Creek Dragway, with a card that kicked off with the popular ATV race on Friday. Wayne Horton of Hillsville took the win with a final-round 12.93 e.t. at 42 mph. Travis Hash of Independence was in the runner-up spot with a 10.17 e.t. at 51 mph.

  • Con man went to church to prey

    MOORE COUNTY, N.C. — A man who scammed the pastor and congregation of a Galax church out of money with a made-up tale of woe could spend 36 years in prison.
    David Oneal Twitty, 46, visited the Assembly of God in Galax, pulling parishoners' heartstrings with his tried-and-true story of personal tragedy.

  • Galax downtown project nearing completion

    The City of Galax is beginning to see the pay-off of a $2.7 million downtown revitalization project that has spanned three years, as construction wraps up within the next couple of months.
    Between a Community Development Block Grant program, funded by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, city funds and contributions made by business owners, $2.7 million has been invested in downtown Galax.

  • Honeycutt Dam water project breaks ground

    Two long-standing community projects in Carroll County have reached milestones, leading to two celebrations of their progress and the federal funding that got them there.
    Residents in the Honeycutt Dam Road, once frustrated by years of delay on a public water project as their wells went dry, welcomed news of construction beginning at a groundbreaking on Monday.

  • Big event, but relatively uneventful

    Tens of thousands of musicians and fans of bluegrass and old-time music were in Galax last week, most packed into the confines of Felts Park, but police report that the crowd at the 75th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention was relatively peaceful.

  • Play traces Blue Ridge Parkway's origin

    HILLSVILLE — The bucolic origins of the Blue Ridge Parkway arise more from myth that from fact, playwright Frank Levering finds.
    When Levering put a play on the Cherry Orchard Theater's schedule, "Riders in the Sky," he admits he did so out of a sense of obligation.

  • Montgomery to serve 3 years

    ROANOKE — A Galax man indicted on two illegal drug charges last November received a three-year federal prison term in sentencing proceedings Monday.
    Timothy Matthew Montgomery was originally charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute.
    In March, he entered a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge, which carried with it a maximum penalty of a $2 million fine and 40 years in prison, according to the plea agreement.