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Today's News

  • Fire destroys home

    Firefighters have not officially determined the origin, but they believe a wood stove could have caused a fire that destroyed a Carroll County family's home last Thursday.

    Carroll Emergency Services Director Joe Roma said the call came in at 10:39 a.m. at a home owned by Phil Reece.

    Fire was showing when firefighters arrived, Roma said.

    Hillsville Fire Department responded, with assistance from Carroll County EMS, Laurel Fork Fire Department and Laurel Fork Rescue. The Galax Fire Department was on standby at Hillsville's station.

  • Grayson considers IVFD sub-station

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will likely decide at its regular meeting in January whether to turn Bridle Creek Elementary School over to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department when the school closes next month.

    Kevin Spurlin, chair of the school facilities committee — a committee formed to recommend what to do with old school buildings once they close — brought a proposal to the supervisors earlier this month to turn the school over to IVFD for a sub-station.

  • Combs charged with murder in overdose

    HILLSVILLE — A 59-year-old Woodlawn man, who just pleaded guilty to drug-related offenses in Carroll court, now faces a second-degree murder charge after the grand jury met Dec. 14.

    Gregory Harris Combs, also known as Radar, faces two new felony indictments — charges that were sealed until they could be served by authorities.

    The indictment states that Combs, while engaged in another felony, accidentally killed Warren Travis Anders, 23, in a September 2003 incident.

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/21/09

    Senior programs praised

    I have been meaning to write a letter to praise the senior program at the Galax Recreation Center.

    I have taken advantage of many parties observed during the summer, fall and Christmas season. It is always a joy to see old friends there.

    I attend the fun bingo games each month, with Michael Dees calling out the numbers. There are usually close to 70 people that attend. I applaud Mike in his many efforts to make the center a fun, user-friendly place.

  • Christmas Gathering rescheduled

    The first Christmas Gathering, sponsored by the Galax Downtown Association and Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m., featuring door prizes, refreshments and entertainment throughout downtown Galax.

    The event, originally set for Saturday, was postponed due to the snowstorm.

    Christmas music will be performed by local guitarist Brandon Davis, and names will be drawn to win all sorts of items, even Christmas trees and gift certificates.

  • Experienced Devils should show improvement

     INDEPENDENCE -- Returning four starters and six of its top seven players, things should be looking up for Grayson County after struggling through a 1-23 season a year ago.

  • Maroon Tide, Devils win big

    NEW CASTLE -- Galax outscored Craig County a combined 63-17 in the first and third quarters and breezed to a 91-34 nondistrict win Friday night. Galax (3-1) bolted to a 35-9 lead in just eight minutes and widened the margin to 75-24 by the start of the fourth quarter. Justin Hash led all scorers with 23 points for the Maroon Tide, which knocked down 11 3-pointers as a team and also got

  • Galax doubles up Rockets

     Scoring comes a whole lot easier when one shoots the ball. For more than five minutes Friday night, Galax didn’t allow Craig County that luxury.

  • Cavaliers battle past Cougars

    HILLSVILLE -- Kayla Goins was unaware that she was about to score the 1,000th point of her career, and once the magic number was reached she barely paused long enough to give the game ball off to a family member before returning to the court. She had more important things to worry about. Goins scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds and Carroll County battled back fro

  • Galax man found dead, sister arrested

    A 21-year-old Galax woman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of her brother.

    According to the Galax Police Department, Danielle Nicole Ilene Jones, of Neptune Drive in Galax, was arrested after authorities found the body of her brother, Mathew Jackson Jones, 18, of Center Street in Galax, early Monday morning.

    A press release issued by the department states that officers responded to a home at 202 Kenbrook Drive shortly before 2 a.m. Monday. Responding officers found the body of Mathew Jones, who appeared to have been shot.