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Today's News

  • Tourists making Galax their destination

    In the past three months that the Galax Visitors' Center has been opened, it has served 2,500 tourists from across the nation and around the world, center director Ray Kohl told  Galax City Council last Monday.
    Visitors to Galax have came from England, France, Canada, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Brazil and Cuba and Puerto Rico.

  • Streambanks on road to recovery

    HILLSVILLE — Because the U.S. 58 bypass project south of Hillsville plowed under and paved over wetlands, the Virginia Department of Transportation must replace those habitats.
    The requirement set down by the Clean Water Act means that VDOT officials had to seek out places to mitigate the five-mile bypass project's environmental impact.

  • New school lacks ballfield, playground

    Grayson Highlands School opened Aug. 16, but it was without a playground or ball field — and that worries at least one parent and some school board members.
    Grayson County School Board Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway said during a meeting Aug. 9 that the school system needs to grade and level land at the school for a ball field.

  • Face facts, tell story of shootout

    If it's true that for decades that Carroll County people just didn't talk about the 1912 courthouse shootout, maybe it's time for that taboo to change.
    One fact is inescapable as we approach the 100th anniversary: Ignoring the effects of the melee and bloodshed that arose from Floyd Allen announcing that he would defy a court-imposed jail sentence sure hasn't made this bit of Carroll's past go away.
    Perhaps, in a way, it should be embraced.

  • Courthouse shootout play draws fire

    HILLSVILLE — Drama arising from the idea to observe the 100th anniversary of the 1912 courthouse shootout with a play isn't unexpected, says playwright Frank Levering. But he still feels the story needs to be told.
    Questions remain about where a play would be held and who would participate in the observance about the violent confrontation between members of the Allen family and Carroll officials.

  • Governor's panel to help implement health care law

    Gov. Bob McDonnell, an outspoken critic of the federal health care overhaul passed by Congress, has appointed an advisory council to develop strategies for implementing it.
    McDonnell on Monday named 24 members of a Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council, assembling a group that includes hospital and insurance executives, business leaders, state officials and legislators from both parties.

  • Galax woman wins car from Virginia Lottery

    Debbie Harris of Galax rolled through town last Thursday afternoon in her brand new Dodge Challenger, estimated at $40,000, that she won through a Virginia Lottery ticket called Muscle Car Money Scratcher.

  • Grayson library welcomes new director

    The Wythe-Grayson Regional Library system welcomed its new director July 1.
    J. Sara Paulk was appointed as new regional library director by the Wythe-Grayson Regional Library Board of Trustees.
    Paulk comes from Georgia, where she served as an assistant director, a head librarian and a reference librarian in three different library systems.
    She also worked in Concord, N.H., and Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Paulk, along with her family, will be living in Grayson County.

  • 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.