Today's News

  • Coyote bounty scam suspect waives hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — James Edward Lawrence has waived his right to a preliminary hearing after being charged with defrauding Grayson County’s coyote bounty program.

    According to court records, Lawrence, 32, of Galax, was charged by game warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    A preliminary hearing for Lawrence was to be held Monday in Grayson General District Court, but Lawrence waived his right to the hearing, sending the case directly to the grand jury, which meets again Oct. 23.

  • GHS ready to kick off football field work

    A construction project at the Galax High School football field will keep rain from washing mud onto the field and track, but keeping runoff out of the stands will have to wait.

    Galax School Board members discussed the upcoming improvements at their Sept. 8 meeting.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told the board that the project is not yet underway, but is being prepared for. Galax is working with engineering firm The Lane Group.

    The project was put out to bid, but only one was received.

  • Police: fugitive could be in Carroll

    Staff Reports

    Police in Patrick County say a man wanted for manufacturing explosives could be in the Cana area of Carroll County, or in nearby Surry County, N.C.

    The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office released information over the weekend asking citizens to be on the lookout for Michael Timothy Puckett, 44, of Ararat, who faces 11 felony charges related to the Sept. 11 discovery of a camp in the Ararat area that contained explosive devices, including Molotov cocktails, a pipe bomb and a grenade.

  • BC honors ‘85 men’s hoops team

    Thirty years ago, the Bluefield College men’s basketball team finished one win shy of a national championship, runner-up in the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) National Tournament. That same year, 1985, the BC golf team earned a national title as winners of the NLCAA National Tournament.

  • Tide wins at Olde Mill, Devils take pair of seconds

    The Grayson County Blue Devil golf team finished second in a pair of matches last week and Galax picked up the win in a three-team match.

    In a regional match played at Holston Hills Community Golf Course in Marion last Thursday, George Wythe won first place with a team score of 164, edging Grayson County’s 171.

    Other teams included Patrick Henry (177), Northwood (190), Rural Retreat (191) and Marion (194).

  • Galax rallies for first win

    Charles Harris topped 200 rushing yards for the third straight game and scored five touchdowns Friday to lead the Galax Maroon Tide to a 45-27 victory over Rural Retreat for its first win of the season after two heartbreaking losses.

    Rural Retreat (1-2), a member of the Hogoheegee District, played a strong first half and actually led at halftime 20-19 before Harris took control of the game.

    The Maroon Tide (1-2) failed to move the ball on its first series and was forced to punt.

  • Cougars dump Cavaliers

    STUART –– Making the eastward trip to Stuart on Friday, Carroll County fans traversed a portion of U.S. 58 being expanded to four lanes and saw an array of bulldozers, dump trucks and backhoes. Patrick County’s earthmoving equipment roared to life in the second half.

  • Carroll County goes 1-1 at E.C. Glass tournament

    LYNCHBURG –– Carroll County got an early glimpse at what it may expect to see come tournament time, splitting a pair of nondistrict Conference 24 matches Saturday at the E.C. Glass Volleyball Classic.

    The Cavaliers played a pair of four-set contests, seeing their 4-0 start to the season spoiled by Jefferson Forest before rebounding with a win over the host Hilltoppers later in the afternoon.

  • Cavs get the jump on Tide

    In baseball terminology, Carroll County spent the weekend swinging the weighted bat.

    Two days removed from going 1-1 in a Saturday tournament against Jefferson Forest and E.C. Glass, and evidently still keyed up to the pace of those Conference 24 foes, the Cavaliers were able to get around on the proverbial fastball in a Monday match with Galax, bolting to a 12-2 lead in the first set and coasting to the 25-9, 25-15, 25-21 nondistrict win on the Maroon Tide’s home floor.

  • Readers Hotline 9/14/15

    Daytime chimes
    Regarding the call about chimes from the church keeping them awake at night — I live right across from the church that does that. I work. I don’t ever hear chimes after dark. They should get their facts straight. The only times I ever hear chimes are at 5 or 6 o’clock that evening. Never at dark and never at midnight, because I am up sometimes at midnight.

    Race not a factor