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Today's News

  • More than bragging rights at stake

     Grayson County vs. Galax has always meant a lot. This year, it’s worth a lot.

    The Blue Devils hop the New River and head into Galax for a Mountain Empire District game tonight that, for the first time in a long time, will have serious district championship and postseason implications for both teams.

    While it may sound like a sound bite from a meeting of the Mutual Admiration Society, both coaches voiced some very real concerns about the other’s program this week.

  • Galax storms to title

     WYTHEVILLE –– The six members of Galax’s golf team had to play under the same weather conditions as everybody else at the Region C tournament Wednesday at Wytheville Golf Club.

    The Tide was just the only team to play like champions.

    On a day in which Mother Nature threw the field a knuckleball with conditions that alternated between rainy, sunny, windy, overcast, cold and sometimes all of the above, Galax recorded an impressive team score of 296 to blow away the competition and defend its regional title.

  • Nelson named Most Improved for Wasps

     EMORY –– Matt Nelson, a 2009 Galax High School graduate, enjoyed an exceptional freshman season on the tennis court for Emory and Henry College, earning team and conference honors during his first season at the collegiate level this past spring.

    Playing No 2 singles as a freshman, Nelson compiled a record of 16-4, earning Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the week honors during the year.

    Nelson teamed with No. 1 singles player Chip Wintringham at first doubles, and the pair racked up 17 wins against just four losses.

  • Volleyball teams pick up wins

     Galax used a late flurry in the second set to take a three-set win over Rural Retreat, notching a 25-14, 25-20, 25-8 nondistrict win Wednesday night.

    Having breezed to the win in the first game, Galax (13-1) found itself in a battle in the second as the Indians pulled out to a 17-13 lead.

    A Rural Retreat serve into the net and a Harley Brewer kill ignited the Maroon Tide, which finished the set on a 12-3 run to take a two-game lead.

    Three powerful kills by Kem Simmons and two more spikes by Bailey Shumate helped the Maroon Tide pull in front.

  • Review: Go ahead — laugh in church

    Two days after seeing the Galax Theatre Guild's production of “Smoke on the Mountain,” I am still laughing.

    Ginger Correll and Carolyn Davis have done a remarkable job of directing this ensemble of actors so that the audience can laugh with complete abandon. The Sanders Family, Preacher Oglethorpe, as well as the members of the congregation are so genuine and funny you never feel they are mocking the people they are portraying. Instead, they just inspire guilt‑free happiness and uncontrollable laughter.

  • Register now to vote in Nov. 2 election

    Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election.
    Applications are taken at any of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ 74 customer service centers. Local voter registrars also take applications.
    (Monday will be observed as the Columbus Day holiday by DMV and many other state and federal offices).
    Residents should check their voting status before the deadline to make sure they are registered in the correct polling precinct.

  • Outhouse Olympics

    INDEPENDENCE — The annual Mountain Foliage Festival features events you can see nowhere else, like outhouses on wheels racing down the street, a Potty Princess “beauty” pageant and a toilet paper toss.
    The town's Grand Privy Race was recently named the state's official outhouse race by the Virginia General Assembly. Teams pull custom-built outhouses — or “privies” — in a race for the prized bedpan trophy.
    The event kicks off today, Friday, with a pie baking contest and the pageant tonight.

  • Supervisors still hope to find school construction funding

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials say they were shocked to learn that the Carroll County school system will not receive any of the $26.7 million sought in federal funding to make school improvements.
    Carroll learned a week ago that it would not be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program through USDA-Rural Development.

  • Squealers opens BBQ restaurant in Galax

    Squealers Authentic BBQ Co. opened a new restaurant on Sunday at the former Sonic location on East Stuart Drive in Galax, beside Sears, to serve up favorites like smoked pork barbecue, beef brisket, chicken, ribs, homemade sides, desserts and breads — and everything in between.

    The specialty is the barbecue, with every piece slowly cooked for hours in a large smoker to give it the best flavor possible.

  • Galax test scores surpass state benchmarks

    It's nothing new for Galax schools to be fully accredited, based on Standards of Learning scores, and this ability to exceed the required SOL benchmarks allows the system to create new and innovative programs.