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Today's News

  • Artist paints parkway every day

    Artist Janet Wimmer has dubbed herself Parkway Painter and Blue Ridge Daily Painter on her blog — and she intends to make that stick.
    Wimmer, who will have her artwork on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts beginning Sept. 9 and running through October, has set out to paint one picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway each day, Monday through Friday, for a year — and she has almost met that goal.

  • Tide zips to 45-0 win

     Tell your time of possession to shut up.

    Giving new meaning to the term ‘hurry-up offense,’ Galax showed some impressive quick-strike capability Friday night, opening the 2010 season with a 45-0 blanking of Northwood in a nondistrict game.

    The Maroon Tide’s six scoring drives averaged an entire 18 seconds in duration and less than two plays in length. Its final touchdown came on a marathon march of four snaps, dragging on and on for some three minutes and 15 seconds.

  • Blue Devils roll Trojans 34-14

     INDEPENDENCE - –– Alleghany scored the first and last touchdown in a game against the Grayson County Blue Devils last Friday night but what happened the rest of the game doomed the Trojans. 

    Behind a torrid defense, the Blue Devils handed the Trojans a 34-14 setback in a nondistrict game that was filled with penalties. 

  • Bassett boots Carroll County with last-second FG

     HILLSVILLE –– Zach Atwood’s 26-yard field goal as time expired spoiled a gutsy Carroll County effort and lifted Bassett to a 17-14 nondistrict win over the Cavaliers in the season opener for both teams Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Carroll County had knotted the score at 14-14 on Logan Hodges’ 1-yard run and Ulises Moreno’s PAT with 1:59 remaining. 

  • Moore wins Gear Jammer class at Elk Creek Dragway

     ELK CREEK –– One of the most beautiful weekends of the summer greeted fans and racers to Elk Creek Dragway this past weekend, and dealing with a few showers didn’t dampen the spirits of either.

    The Footbrake class kicked off action on Friday night with Robert Neal racing his Pontiac to the win with a 6.98 e.t. at 88 mph. Tim Douglas took the runner-up spot, also in a Pontiac, with a 6.98 e.t. at 90 mph.

  • Thunder in the Valley

    ELK CREEK — Brieanne Hash flips down the amber visor on her black racing helmet, shielding her sparkling blue eyes as she inches toward the starting line at Elk Creek Dragway.

    Her helmet matches her race car, a sleek 1:2 scale replica of the Top Fuel dragsters that run better than 300 mph on quarter-mile tracks across the country. Her machine is polished black with red graphics that appropriately resemble the outline of a bullet.

  • Fancy Gap visitors' center almost ready

    FANCY GAP — Rome wasn't built in a day, but the Romans probably could have taken a few cues from the Fancy Gap visitors' center work.
    Seeming to spring up next to the Pickin' Porch and an electronic kiosk on U.S. 52, first benches appeared as a Boy Scout Eagle and community service project.

  • Woodlawn School's future uncertain

    Even aging school buildings have potential reuses, and Carroll officials want to explore possibilities for Woodlawn once educators and students vacate the facility.
    If nothing else, Woodlawn School — founded more than 100 years ago — sits on real estate that could provide ballfields or even a water park, believes Sam Dickson, the county's at-large supervisor.

  • New year brings new library, tech upgrades

    Galax Elementary School students were greeted this year with a renovated library and two new computer labs paid for with stimulus funds Galax schools received.
    “We've been successful with adequate yearly progress, and we're just trying to go beyond that,” said GES Principal Brian Stuart. “We're just trying to become modern, even if we are in an old building. We're excited.”

  • Alternative energy options explored

    Matthews State Forest near Galax could house alternative energy projects if the Appalachian Regional Commission approves a grant application.
    On Aug. 16, Galax City Council approved a letter of support for the effort after hearing from Gary Boring and Dr. Jim Nuckolls, who are working on the application for an ARC Alternative Energy Grant for the New River Highlands Resource Conservation District.