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Today's News

  • Sturgill named new Galax school chief

    The Galax School Board named Bill Sturgill as the division's new superintendent on Monday, and the former Galax High School principal began his new job the next day.

    The board also appointed Bill Sutherland, formerly assistant principal, as GHS's new principal during a short board meeting on Monday.

    Sturgill succeeds Sam Cook, who retired in December and returned to his hometown in Franklin County.

    Sturgill signed the contract for the superintendent's job during the meeting.

  • Tournament of Rojas

    SALEM –– Edu Rojas may or may not have known what he was getting into. It may take some time before it sinks in just how much he got out of it.

    In an event that celebrates its champions and potential champions like no other, Rojas overcame the hype, the pomp and a very stout opponent to win the 119-pound Group A state wrestling championship Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.

  • Chilhowie ends Grayson's season

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County endured one miserable shooting slump just fine. Doing so twice was too much to hope for.

    The Blue Devils were just 3-of-19 from the floor in fading down the stretch, dropping a Region C Division 2 quarterfinal game 61-57 to Chilhowie.

  • Maroon Tide fights past Narrows

    The saying goes, “three times a charm,” unfortunately for Narrows, the third time on the court with Galax produced the exact same result as the previous two trips — a loss.

    Galax (23-2) entered the game Monday night as the No. 1 seed in the Region C Division 1 tournament and highly favored over the eighth-seeded Green Wave of Narrows (4-19).

  • No longer AMPed to be a Junior fan

    I’ve been a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan since I joined the NASCAR fandom back in 2002, but I am beginning to think it’s time to move on. Does this have anything to do with the wreck at Daytona, you ask? Absolutely not.

    What it does have to do with is the idea that fans should not only support their driver, but also the sponsors who make them walking billboards. Do you purchase items, equipment and/or food from the sponsor of your favorite driver? If not, you may want to join me in this quest for a new driver.

  • Burris wins district hoop shoot title

    Galax Elks Lodge #2212 will have a representative in the State Elks Hoop Shoot in Charlottesville this weekend.

    Caleb Burris won the 10-11 boys’ division in the Southwest District Hoop Shoot to qualify for the state tournament.

  • Bid awarded for water intake plant

    INDEPENDENCE — A Martinsville company was recently awarded the bid to construct the intake for the new water treatment plant that will eventually serve the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C., as well as the new state prison being built in Grayson County.

    According to the Virginia/Carolina Regional Water Authority Chairman Bryan Edwards, a total of six bids were received on the intake.

    Prillaman & Pace, Inc., of Martinsville, submitted the low bid of $129,888 (including a base bid of $85,546 and an additional alternate bid of $44,342.)

  • Crime down overall in Galax

    Galax's overall crime rate for 2008 was down by 15 percent from the previous year, but property crimes rose by 15 percent and violent crimes — including assault, rape and murder — increased by 25 percent,

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark presented his annual report to Galax City Council on Feb. 9.

    Violent crimes, Clark told council, are typically in relation to alcohol-related activity. The number of violent crimes reported last year totaled 206, with increases in aggravated assault, sexual assault and assault by threat.

  • Burke to serve 2 life sentences

    HILLSVILLE — Clinton Eric Burke, 22, seemed weighed down by his manacles when he walked into the Carroll Circuit Courtroom for sentencing Thursday for his convictions in the Nov. 12, 2007 shooting deaths of two teens in Fancy Gap.

    At the conclusion of the two-day trial in November 2008, the jury recommended two life sentences plus 43 years after finding Burke guilty on seven charges in the killing of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, as well as wounding Amanda Bond, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

  • Grayson urged not to neglect teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — Last month, Grayson County Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas spoke of a possible reduction in pay and/or a personnel cut to offset the expected $1.2 million shortfall from Governor Tim Kaine's proposed budget cuts.

    Those possibilities were on the minds of two people who spoke at a public hearing concerning the county's 2009-10 school budget on Feb. 9.

    Grayson Education Association President Rebecca Absher spoke first, representing the GCEA and the 156 teachers and other school employees who are members.