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Today's News

  • Putting ICE on it

    Illegal aliens that commit crimes shouldn't be able to slip through the dragnet with the advent of the Secure Communities initiative.
    Law enforcement officials everywhere — even Arizona — have no doubt hailed the announcement of the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement effort.
    A new database launched by ICE will streamline the process of identifying criminal aliens involved in police investigations.

  • Crotts, Webb lead all-Southwest voting

     It’s always quite an honor to be named a district player of the year. When the award goes to a player not on a district championship team, it only carries a little more weight.

    Adam Crotts and Lucas Webb didn’t win a championship in 2010. They certainly earned their district’s respect.

    Crotts was named the Southwest District’s player of the year in baseball while Webb picked up the honor in boys’ soccer in balloting by the district’s coaches recently.

  • Martinez, Reyes, Spurlin lead district voting

     Twin County athletes earned player of the year awards in three of the four spring sports as Mountain Empire District post-season honors were handed down recently.

    Galax took top honors in both boys’ and girls’ soccer and Grayson County had the top softball player. Fort Chiswell was the only other school to crack the player of the year list, earning top honors in baseball after ending Grayson County’s 18-year run of district championships.

  • Blue Sox repeat as state champions

     RADFORD –– The Grayson County Blue Sox 9-under baseball team won the 2010 USSSA state championship May 30.

    The Sox trailed Wythe County 6-0 in the second inning of their opening game before rebounding to post a 17-9 victory. Game 2 pitted Grayson County against Buena Vista, with the Blue Sox taking a 6-3 decision.

    After drawing a bye in the first round of Day 2, the Blue Sox faced Johnson City, Tenn., and scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to remain undefeated for the tournament, advancing to the semifinals.

  • Shaky start dooms Devils in Region C

     BUCHANAN –– Grayson County’s early-game woes continued Tuesday as James River pounced on the Blue Devils for seven first-inning runs, rolling to a 14-5 win in the Region C baseball quarterfinals Tuesday at James River High School.

    Other than a scoreless start in its final regular season game, the Blue Devils have given up an average of 4.4 runs in the first inning of their last six games. 

  • Barker helps Miss Virginia celebrate 75 years

    At seven years old, Galax native Kylene Barker set her sights on the crown after she saw her aunt crowned Miss Teen Roanoke.
    It was an image she couldn't forget, and would eventually become a reality for her.

  • Carnival to return after 2009 fiasco

    After suffering through one of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department's most embarrassing and revenue-deficient years, Chief David Hankley says the agency plans to bring some changes to the annual July Fourth week carnival, slated for June 29-July 3.

  • Fewer churches participating in Lord's Acre Sale

    It's not the recession that could lead to the end of the Lord's Acre Sale, which is held every September in Galax's Felts Park for nearly 60 years.

  • Carroll keeps tax rates the same

    HILLSVILLE — The tax rates remain the same for Carroll taxpayers after the county supervisors approved the $72.5 million budget.
    That includes a $32.8 million budget for the general fund, plus the previously approved $39.6 million for the schools, according to information from county officials.
    Supervisor David Hutchins made the budget motion to adopt the tax rates and approve the budget.
    The supervisors approved the budget unanimously.

  • Backpack Buddies program ends successful first year

    Galax City Schools' Backpack Buddies Program finished its first school year, running from September 2009 to this month — a total of 37 weeks.