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Today's News

  • Tide boys win third straight

    The Galax boys’ basketball team is inching closer and closer to .500 and is hoping to make the postseason interesting for any higher-seeded team it may run up against. That scenario is looking more and more plausible after the Maroon Tide picked up its third straight win Friday, outmuscling Rural Retreat 54-36 in a Mountain Empire District game.

  • One thousand, three hundred and two

    HILLSVILLE –– For several minutes, on a special night in an otherwise less-than-marquee Three Rivers District girls’ basketball game, Carroll County’s Mariah Carter mingled with friends and family on the court, but Cavalier coach Marc Motley was nowhere to be found. The fact that Carter was visible ruled out the possibility that she and her coach were in some back room playing rock-paper-scissors for the game ball.

  • Readers Hotline 2/5/18

    Open your doors
    With these really cold snaps, schools in other areas have been opening and allowing the community, their students, to come in and get a hot meal. I think our local schools should do this also. We have many children who go without food on a daily basis that come to school hungry and at home have nothing. What do they do whatever times they are out? We have a summer program that allows for eating but nothing for when we are out for cold spells.

    Thank you

  • Search goes on for missing Whitetop man

    Staff Report

    A national organization that brings attention to missing people will hold an event on Sunday to help raise awareness of the case of John William Wingler Sr., 74, of Whitetop.

    The AWARE Foundation Inc., along with Wingler’s family and friends, are holding an event at the Food City in Damascus on Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m. “We ask for all media and law enforcement to please attend,” said Kenny Jarrels of The AWARE Foundation,. “This family needs answers as to what happened to their beloved family member.”

  • Blue Ribbon Fair

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll’s Agricultural Fair Committee organized a celebration of the county fair’s success over the past two consecutive years, when it was recognized as “Best Fair in Virginia” in the small fairs division by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

  • Bill would allow cell towers with no local input

    Galax City Council has approved a resolution opposing a wireless infrastructure bill moving through the Virginia General Assembly, which would remove local authority concerning zooming matters about where cell towers can be placed.

    The bill would allow towers 50 feet tall or less to be built within rights-of-way without local control.

    Council voted on the Wireless Infrastructure Resolution at its Jan. 22 meeting.

  • Play therapy creates safe space for kids

    Chris Belcher, a local newly-licensed professional therapist, says he wants to help kids play more.

    Well, not exactly that; more like he wants to help kids tackle their problems by helping them use play to work out problems and bring up issues they might not otherwise be able to address.

    In order to do this, he uses play therapy, a method of taking something children do naturally and use it as a means of psychological healing.

  • Two charged in grand jury indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two previously sealed Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indictments were recently opened and arrests made.

    The grand jury met Jan. 26 and indictments were handed down against 24 suspects on burglary, drug violations and other charges. Several more indictments were sealed.

    Sealed indictments against Dakota Allen Blevins, 27, of Ivanhoe and Joshua Edward Hayes, 29, of Fries, were opened last week.

  • Bill would boost wages for restaurant workers

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The unstable nature of relying on tips to make a living is reflected in the paychecks of restaurant servers like Connor Rhodes, who has been serving Richmond’s restaurant goers for four years and says it’s not unusual for his paycheck to be zero dollars.

    That’s because he earns $2.13 an hour – a “subminimum wage” – which, after taxes, can result in an empty wallet if tips are weak and shifts are sparse.

  • Taking the Ninja Challenge

    They weren’t teenagers, mutants or turtles, but the American Ninja Warriors came to the Galax firehouse last weekend, and the spectacle they brought was loudly appreciated by residents of the Twin Counties and beyond.

    The Ninja Warriors’ visit was a ticketed fundraising event for the Curtis Bartlett Memorial Fitness Center project, which will ultimately put a workout space on Galax High School property in memory of Bartlett, a fitness celebrity, personal trainer and Carroll County deputy who died in the line of duty last year.