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Today's News

  • Athletic Tide planning on making some noise

     The Galax football team is hoping to get its bell rung. Frequently. By a lot of kids.

  • Hash wins diesel truck championship

    ELK CREEK -- The Great Diesel Truck Championship kicked off an exciting weekend of racing last Friday at Elk Creek Dragway, with the finals coming down to a Ford vs. Chevy match-up. Bobby Hash of Independence took the class win in his Chevy, running a 9.90 e.t. at 62 mph. Robbie Baker of Fries settled for a runner-up finish in his Ford with an 11.11 e.t.

  • Maroon Tide takes high hopes to Northwood

     Preparing to face a single wing offense is no easy thing to in and of itself. Doing so in Week 1 makes the task just that much more challenging. Add to that the fact that Northwood’s offensive backfield is full of experience, and it gives Galax head coach Jared Van Acker cause for concern.

  • Cavs face new-look Bengals

     HILLSVILLE -- It’s difficult to come up with the right word to describe what graduation did to the Bassett football roster after last season.

    ‘Gutted’ comes to mind. ‘Decimated’ works. ‘Annihi-lated,’  ‘devastated’ and ‘ravaged’ will fit, too.

  • Carroll bumps Tide in opener

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County got win No. 1 for the year and forced Galax to wait at least a couple of days to reach a magic number as the Cavaliers opened the 2009 volleyball season with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 nondistrict win Monday.

  • Public record for 9/2/09

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.

    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentenced may be appealed:

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/17/09

    Officials deserve thanks

    The Carroll County administrator and board of supervisors are well deserving of the encouragement of citizens of Carroll County.

    In the past year this board and our administrator have taken Carroll County in such a positive direction.

    We no longer pick up our newspaper to read about an argument or personal vendetta between board members.

    We have progress for Carroll County like there has not been in so many, many years. As a citizen I believe Carroll County has a great future.

  • A health care debate at the top of our lungs.

    For decades now, the congressional debate over health care has been so distorted by politics and money that it has been worse than useless — it has been an active impediment to reform of a broken system that is too expensive, serves too few and rations care based on insurance company caprice.

    If the conversation on Capitol Hill has been a national disgrace, what is going on in local meetings all over the country is more disturbing.

  • Letter to the Editor for 8/24/09

    Writer suggests mural options

    By no stretch of the imagination can you call that sign on the Jeff Matthews Museum a mural.

    The definition of a mural is a picture or decoration — usually a very large one — on a wall or ceiling.

    A mural of Matthews shooting a grizzly bear or an Indian encampment by the creek or of Main Street by [local artist] Raven Bilbrey would be better — or a conglomeration of native species of trees, bushes, wildflowers and galax leaves.

  • Zone Defense

    The saying goes that two heads are always better than one. Grayson leaders agree, as they seek to use three heads — their own, along with the towns of Independence and Fries — to seek acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program.

    The program provides various incentives for qualifying businesses if they create more than four jobs that pay at least 1.75 times the federal minimum wage rate and provide benefits.