Today's News

  • March 6 is deadline for candidates to file for May election

    Staff Report

    Four localities will hold council elections in May, and the deadline to register is approaching.

    In Galax, four council seats are up for election on May 1.

    As of Feb. 16, candidates who had completed paperwork to run included incumbents C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene and John Garner; while newcomer Travis Haynes is in the process of qualifying. At least one more candidate, Sharon Ritchie, is collecting signatures with the intention of filing.

  • Bad Romance: scammers only love you for your money

    Staff Report

    Valentine’s Day just passed, but love — of money and deceit, anyway — is always in the air for online scammers.

  • From home, Virginians can keep an eye on legislators

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – It may not offer the drama of “House of Cards,” but an initiative at the Virginia Capitol is lifting the curtain on the workings of the General Assembly.

    In January, the House and Senate started live-streaming and archiving videos of committee hearings. On a computer or cellphone, Virginians can now watch – from the comfort of their homes or offices – what used to require a trip to the Capitol.

  • Cavaliers suppress Floyd


    Sports Editor

    HILLSVILLE –– If any team seemed capable of knocking off Carroll County somewhere along the line in Carroll’s inaugural season in the Three Rivers District, it figured to be Floyd County. Even after losses of 18 and 19 points to the Cavaliers in the regular season, the Buffaloes had a third chance in the tournament title game Thursday, and they made the most of it.

    For three quarters, anyway.

  • Maroon Tide girls rule MED


    Sports Editor

    The Galax girls’ basketball team will enter the Region 1C tournament riding a 14-game winning streak. That could be called momentum. Maroon Tide coach Howard Mayo looks at it a bit differently.

  • Sharpshooting Maroons top Devils for MED title

    Grayson County nearly overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit, but a blistering third quarter by George Wythe proved too tall an order for the Blue Devils as the Maroons won the Mountain Empire District tournament championship, 77-68 Wednesday at Galax High School.

  • Cavalier girls whack LCA

    HILLSVILLE –– The best offense, the saying goes, is a good defense. Or is it the best defense is a good offense? At any rate, for Carroll County Friday evening, a great defense brought out the best in its offense.

  • Rocking the cradle; threepeat for Spurlin

    Mere seconds away from defeat, Galax's two-time champ made it three in a row.

    SALEM –– Joshua Spurlin registered career win No. 100 Saturday. More significant was the fact that he also notched career win No. 3.

  • Traffic stop nabs homicide suspect

    Staff Report

    A routine stop for a traffic violation in Galax this weekend resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for a 2017 homicide in Mexico.

    On Feb. 17, Officer Tyler Houk stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Stuart Drive, shortly after 9:50 p.m., according to a Galax Police Department report.

    The operator could not produce a valid Virginia operator's license, the report said. After a check of the Virginia DMV data base, police determined that Joel Miguel Miguel, 38, was driving on a suspended license.

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