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Today's News

  • DEA warns of extortion scam

    The Drug Enforcement Administration continues to warn the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel.
    “This criminal activity continues to occur, despite significant public attention to the illicit scheme,” the agency said in a press release last week.
    DEA offices nationwide regularly receive telephone calls from concerned citizens who are the victims of this extortion effort.

  • Chase leads to multiple charges

    Oliver C. King, 18, of Mount Airy, N.C., faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on Nov. 21, according to a police report.
    King was pulled over on Jefferson Street for a traffic violation by Officer Drew Burnett.
    King reportedly fled the scene as Burnett was returning to his patrol car.

  • Deputy honored for rescue

    On his birthday, a Fries firefighter made sure another man lived to see another year.

  • Galax makes gains in tourism

    Much of Galax City Council’s Nov. 26 meeting was spent examining ways Galax has improved economically and in tourism over the last several years. Tourism Director Ray Kohl reported that the city has been awarded two plaques at recent conferences and that more tourism opportunities in Galax are on the horizon.

  • Wind energy important to county's future

    By Erica Largen of Dugspur and Lauren Peery of Laurel Fork

  • Readers' Hotline 12/3/12

    Don’t mess with Texas
    I am calling in regard to the comment about Texas. Texas is an honorable and wonderful state, and to draw the example of one person who behaved incorrectly is beyond my understanding. There are many Virginians who have done things that are humiliating and embarrassing. Please do not embarrass Texas or try to, with such stupid, inappropriate, selected facts. I don’t know your motive, but I will tell you as a Texan, don’t come to Texas and say something that stupid.

    Rush to hire?

  • Devil hitter leads MED voting

    Grayson County picked up its first Mountain Empire District volleyball championship in five years this season. Galax made it all the way back to the Division 1 final four in a year few expected the Tide to do so.

    The two teams’ strong efforts this fall were reflected in the all-MED voting, as the Blue Devils and the Maroon Tide combined to fill six of the district’s top eight spots in all-district balloting.

  • Peoples named top defender

    There is never a bad year in which to earn all-district recognition. In some years though, the honor carries a little more weight.

    For the Mountain Empire District, 2012 was one of those years.

  • Cockerham finishes with a bang

    EMORY –– Jamie Cockerham wrapped up one of the most successful careers ever for an Emory & Henry volleyball player by being named to the all-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) first team recently.

    Cockerham, a senior outside hitter and a former four-year letter winner at Galax High School, finished her career as the holder of two school records at E&H and with a share of an ODAC record.

  • Cavs battle, come up short

    HILLSVILLE –– Starting a new season with two losses in two nights isn’t the best thing that ever happened to a basketball team. Starting a season with close setbacks to a pair of teams that will contend for region championships, a thing like that can bring optimism to a club that’s fielding four new starters.

    Carroll County held a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter before a flurry of outside jumpers fueled a 10-0 Floyd County run, and the Buffaloes held on for a 62-57 win in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.