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Today's News

  • Education on ice: Missed days pile up

    With a brief thaw this past weekend, students in Carroll and Galax returned to school on Monday, while Grayson schools remained closed.

    Winter snowstorms that began Dec. 18 and the two months of sub-freezing temperatures that followed have kept thousands of students and hundreds of teachers home.

    As a result, school systems are having to redraw their calendars for the remaining year.

    The Grayson County School Board will have some decisions to make in the coming weeks on how students there will make up more than two dozen days of school.

  • Bland guns down Tide 66-41

    WYTHEVILLE -- Through eight minutes of Thursday night’s Region C Division 1 semifinal match the ladies from Galax hung with the top-seeded Lady Bears.

  • Medicaid cuts harmful

    I am writing to express concerns former Gov. Kaine's budget reduction proposal as it pertains to Medicaid home- and community-based programs.

    Any one of the proposals would have an extremely negative impact on providing care for some of Virginia's most frail and vulnerable citizens.

    In combination, they will devastate Virginia's home- and community-based care system.

    I am keenly aware of the commonwealth's fiscal condition and recognize that this past year has been challenging.

  • Galax tourism director resigns

    Galax Tourism Director Chuck Riedhammer has decided to resign, effective March 3, to accept a position with the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission, a new initiative headed up by Sen. William Wampler.

    The commission encourages the economic development of Southwest Virginia through the expansion of cultural heritage ventures and tourism efforts, such as the Southwest Virginia Artisan Center, the Crooked Road and 'Round The Mountain, and venues that promote entrepreneurial and employment opportunities.

  • Carroll, Hillsville going to court

    HILLSVILLE — Attorneys for Carroll County and Hillsville continue to gird up for a three-day civil trial to finally settle a seven-year-old utilities billing disagreement.

    After Hillsville sought payment for water and sewer services to the Interstate 77 area in 2003, Carroll County declined.

    Hillsville appealed the matter to Carroll County Circuit Court, and Carroll County responded with a counterclaim, saying that the town had been over-billing the county for service for years.

  • Can Do Spirit

    HILLSVILLE — If life gives you extra broccoli, then why not use the Carroll County cannery to make broccoli soup, Judy Dalton asks.

    All the ingredients to do more with the cannery already exist, notes the Laurel Fork resident and long-time user. Carroll County has a bounty of locally grown food and processing facilities, so the potential is there.

  • Twin titles for Tide

    SALEM -- A little more than 10 years ago, Galax High School hosted a wrestling clinic, introducing to anyone interested in it the new sport that the school was offering.

  • Seven locals earn podium finishes

    SALEM -- Carroll County, Grayson County and Galax combined to send 14 wrestlers to the Group A and AA state tournaments, held concurrently on eight mats at the Salem Civic Center.

  • Tide rolls up sleeves for win

    BUENA VISTA -- Hustle and defense never go through a shooting slump, and they don’t have an off night. They are either there, or they’re not. Both were there for Galax on Tuesday.

  • Galax bounces back, wins by 14

    Galax entered the Region C Division 1 basketball tournament having lost four of its previous eight games. The Maroon Tide played its region opener like it realized .500 teams don’t last very long at this point in the season. Dominating the second and fourth quarters, Galax rolled into tonight’s region semifinals with a thorough 54-37 drubbing Wednesday of Covington.