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Today's News

  • Literary Agent

    A senior CIA intelligence analyst and author of a new book on the military history of Iran started developing his research skills in Carroll County schools and his desire to serve while growing up in the Pipers Gap community.

    Steven R. Ward, 51, lived in the Oakland community, played sandlot football at the YMCA in Galax, joined the Boy Scouts and read a lot.

    "I guess I was fortunate my parents always encouraged us to read," he said.

  • Marshall hired as music center director

    For British Columbian Erynn Marshall, Galax is a long way from friends and family, but it's at the heart of the things she loves — music and mountains.

    Marshall, 37, is the new director of the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax. She moved to Galax from Victoria, British Columbia only three weeks ago, bringing her cat and an assortment of instruments.

    It was her first time in Galax, but she's no stranger to the surrounding area or its traditions.

  • Galax art school work continues

    Although renovations to transform the former First National Bank in downtown Galax into Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is on time and on budget for now, CCSA Director Chris Shackelford said it is difficult to estimate a completion date due to electrical issues.

    Construction began Jan. 26, and South End Construction of Vinton has 215 days to complete the job from its notice to proceed, which was received Jan. 6. However, Shackelford said since installing an elevator is a big time-consumer, construction may take a little longer than city officials had hoped.

  • Jack Jessee braves the 'Ice Road'

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The average commercial driver on the Dalton Highway, the route to an oil drilling outpost at Prudhoe Bay, doesn't have a radio "handle." Woodlawn native Jack Jessee seems to be the exception, however, since he started appearing on the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers."

    The drivers know each other and call each other by their first names, he explained. But after his TV appearances, the other truckers saw an opening to give Jessee a hard time.

  • Ruby's Wish

    Ruby Linville always wore a smile, and even when she was sick, she reminded everyone how thankful she was for family.

    She told everyone that her grandson Matthew was her “little sunshine” and how much she adored her granddaughter Fiona.

    Even when she was at her weakest, she and husband James, also in ill health, visited nursing homes to pray with patients and sing gospel tunes.

  • 18th title something special

     INDEPENDENCE -- Under normal circumstances, a win by Grayson County in the Mountain Empire District baseball tournament championship game doesn’t produce a tremendous amount of exuberance. That happens when a team has won 17 of them in a row. Circumstances surrounding 18th one, a 9-3 win over Fort Chiswell on Thursday, were far from normal.

    With MED baseball staging its most competitive season in years, season champ Grayson County lost a district game for the first time since 2004 and had five district wins by a total of six runs. This title meant more than most.

  • Region tournament schedules, results

    REGION TOURNAMENTS

      REGION IV   BASEBALL May 25

    Abingdon 10, Patrick County 3

    Cave Spring 8, Carroll County 7

  • Devils storm past Holston

     INDEPENDENCE -- While the rest of the country was busy celebrating Memorial Day, they were celebrating a memorable day in Grayson County.

    The Blue Devils pulled off an incredible comeback, rallying for four runs in the bottom of the seventh and stunning Holston 8-7 Monday in the Region C quarterfinals at B.A. Rhudy Fields.

  • Tide soccer splits in regionals

     Galax’s girls’ soccer team nearly did something it hadn’t done in its history. The boys’ team did something it seems to do every year.

    The Maroon Tide ladies very nearly had a winning streak on their hands while the Tide boys advanced to the semifinals yet again in a pair of Region C quarterfinal matches Tuesday at Galax High School.

  • Knights ride long ball past Cavs

     ROANOKE -- Cave Spring’s baseball team was in a tight spot Monday against Carroll County.

    How would the Knights find a solution? All they had to do was Mull it over.

    Center fielder Carter Mull’s second home run — a tie-breaking, three-run blast in the sixth inning — proved to be the game-winning hit as Cave Spring edged visiting Carroll County 8-7 in the first round of the Region IV tournament.