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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Webb, Nolan marry

    The marriage of Heather Leigh Webb and Justin (Jed) Joseph Nolan was solemnized April 25, 2010, on the beach at Broken Head in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

  • Sweet convicted of sexual battery

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was convicted last week in Grayson County Circuit Court of two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
    A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours last Thursday before finding Fred Sweet Jr., 67, guilty of both charges.
    The jury recommended a sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on one charge and seven years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the second charge.
    The alleged offenses occurred April 21, 2007, and involved a girl who was age 5 at the time. A grand jury indicted Sweet in April 2008.

  • Police: Suspects took over Social Services clients' finances

    INDEPENDENCE — A former Grayson County Department of Social Services caseworker and a DSS caregiver took control of two elderly clients' finances and stole thousands of dollars, according to a criminal complaint filed June 16.
    The charges came after a joint investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.