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Today's News

  • Pioneers eliminate Galax in semifinals

     MAX MEADOWS -- Fort Chiswell rode a big second quarter to an upset of Galax, eliminating the season runner-up Maroon Tide 79-71 in the Mountain Empire District tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon.

  • Devils match season title with tourney crown

    MAX MEADOWS -- Ten different players scored in double figures as Grayson County won the Mountain Empire District tournament boys’ championship in a high-energy final Saturday. Grayson County (20-3) led by no more than five points at the end of any one quarter, and took a slim 65-63 lead into the fourth.

  • Getting ready for the real world

    Galax High School is helping to prepare juniors and seniors for all the challenges that come with going to college.

    Cathy Parks, the school system's reading specialist, told Galax School Board members at last Tuesday's meeting that she wanted to come up with a way to get students to think about the future.

    So, she and GHS Principal Bill Sutherland looked through past yearbooks and sought out alumni now attending college. They invited the GHS graduates to speak with high school students about their college experiences.

  • Grayson plans for the worst

    INDEPENDENCE — Facing more than $2 million in possible reductions to its budget, the Grayson County Public School System could be looking at double-digit position losses for the upcoming year.

    While hopes are to cut those positions through attrition and retirement, school administration has prepared a policy it would follow if it becomes necessary to lay off staff.

    The school system's Director of Personnel Chad Newman brought the “Reduction In Force” policy to the school board at its regular meeting Feb. 8.

  • Locals face federal drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — Four Galax residents and two Hillsville men face distribution of methamphetamine charges, according to an 11-count federal indictment.

    The Jan. 14 indictment lists those charged as Michael Samuel Sawyers, Antreyhue Dane Davis, Kenneth Joe Kennedy and Stephanie Nicole Bean Davis, all of Galax; and Benjamin Lee Hancock and Bobby Wayne Thompson Sr., both of HIllsville.

  • Mission of Mercy

    Dina Slusher, Barry Newman and Dwayne Harmon can't get the horrific images of Haiti out their heads, after going on mission trips to the country in 2009 and early this year.

    The places where they provided assistance and stayed during their weeks in Haiti have now been lost in the earthquake.

    Some of the children and families that they grew attached to died in the disaster.

    So many children that they've seen, touched and fed have died.

  • Guardian cuts 52 workers

    Guardian Industries of Galax, also known as Consolidated Glass & Mirror Corp. laid off 52 employees Tuesday.

    This reduction was directly related to the challenging economic conditions facing the country over the past three years, according to a press release issued today, Wednesday.

  • State wrestling update

     

     Updated at 12:01 a.m.

  • MED season comes to a close...finally

    INDEPENDENCE -- Two district tournaments were crammed into one day to make room for this? In the final games of the Mountainee^Empire District regular season Thursday, Grayson County whi

  • Maroonee^Tide breezes into semifinals

    Galax tuned up for its challenge against higher-seeded opposition in the Mountain Empire District varsity girls’ basketball tournament by cruising to a relatively easy 75-37 triumph over rival Grayson County Friday night.  A balanced attack for the Mar