Today's News

  • End of the line for Tide, Brown

    BUENA VISTA –– Monday night marked the end of the road for the Galax boys’ basketball season. It was also the stepping-off point for the Tide’s iconic coach.

    Verl Brown said that Parry McCluer’s 47-35 win in the Region 1C quarterfinals would be his final game on the Maroon Tide bench. Brown guided Galax to two state championships and more than 300 wins in 21 seasons.

  • Readers Hotline 2/21/18

    Somebody’s watching

  • Public record for 2/21/18 edition

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

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Galax church celebrates Black History Month

    Members of the community congregated last Saturday evening at Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God on Calloway Street in Galax to celebrate Black History Month and hold a time of reflection to honor the many achievements of African-American society throughout the nation’s history.

    Dionne Tucker opened the Feb. 17 event with an inspirational celebration of religious and cultural background, expressed in song and dance by the Daughters of Zion. She described it as “something one may have been likely to hear during the slave era dating up to the Civil War.”

  • Man arrested after gun incident on WCC campus

    Staff Report

    WYTHEVILLE – A man is facing multiple charges following an incident Feb. 15 on the campus of Wytheville Community College.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, Alexander E. Dunford, 21, of Wytheville, threatened a male and female with a handgun in a campus parking lot that night. Dunford allegedly pointed the handgun at the couple and “dry fired” it, police said, meaning it was fired without ammunition.

    Neither the male nor female was injured.

  • 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.