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Today's News

  • Take care with the public's records

    Grayson County Commonwealth's Attorney Douglas Vaught appears to be a decent and caring person and — to his substantial credit — he does respond to his mail. Others in Grayson County governance, including Vaught's predecessor, refuse to put pencil to paper. I want to share an issue on which he and I disagree, as it forms an introduction to a much larger contemporary issue.

  • Red Cross needs emergency funds

    On Christmas Day, one Carroll County family lost everything they had, including their children's presents, when their house caught fire.

    The Woods River Chapter of American Red Cross found them a place to stay and helped with their emergency needs.

    “That lady comes by the office regularly just to say thanks and helps us [by giving to fundraisers] to make our money,” said Joan Isom, Galax chapter director. “We live in a community that is very appreciative of what we do. And I have that to look forward to every day.”

  • Independence police chief calls for backup

    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence Police Department wants more officers, but it appears the only way to fund them is through a tax increase — something town council does not want to do.

    During a budget workshop session April 22, Police Chief James Wagoner pleaded his case requesting an additional $63,932 in his department's 2009-10 budget.

    “I put in money for another officer,” Wagoner told council. “I would like to be ready for the opening of the new prison and be proactive, instead of reactive.”

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County grand jury indicted a Galax man April 24 on 13 charges, several of them sex-related.

    William Estill Crigger, 29, of Skyline Highway, Galax, was indicted on five charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sodomy, possession of child pornography, one count of indecent liberties with a child by a custodian and five charges of indecent liberties with a child less than 15 years of age.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

  • Late surge lifts Galax past Narrows, 16-3

     Galax scored 15 runs in the span of two innings and thumped Narrows 16-3 in a Mountain Empire District baseball game Friday at Felts Park.

    Galax (8-3 overall, 2-1 district) broke a 1-1 tie by scoring six runs in the third inning, all coming with two outs and the bases empty. Todd Nichols and Travis Cockerham both doubled in the third.

    The first nine Maroon Tide batters to step to the plate all scored in the fourth before Narrows recorded an out. Galax coupled five hits with three Green Wave errors for the rally.

  • Bell wins third straight at MMS

     RADFORD –– The season is only three races old, but so far, Brent Bell is batting a perfect 1.000.

    Bell won his third Street Stock race in three starts on April 18, claiming both ends of the Price’s Body Shop/SCI Roofing Twin 30s at Motor Mile Speedway.

    Bell has put his Camaro on the pole for all three races and has led every lap of all three races at the .416-mile asphalt oval, jumping to an early 16-point lead in the season points standings.

  • Galax picks up first softball win

     Dee Walker slugged Galax into an early lead and the Maroon Tide blew the game open in the sixth inning to pick up its first win of the season, bashing Fort Chiswell 13-2 in a Mountain Empire District game Monday at Mountain View Park.

    Walker’s three-run home run spotted the Maroon Tide (1-7) a 4-1 lead in the third inning.

    Galax led 5-1 when it pushed eight runs across in the bottom of the sixth with six walks and singles by Bailey Shumate, Janisa Lawson and Channing Russell.

  • Cavs drop another tough one

     HILLSVILLE -- Michael Francis knocked in a loose ball in the final minutes Monday night to lift Marion to a 2-1 win in a Southwest District boys’ soccer match at Tommy Thompson Field.

    For the Cavaliers, the feeling of coming up on the short end of a one-goal match is too familiar.

  • Devils battle into driver’s seat

     INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County’s second one-run win over Fort Chiswell this season didn’t have a lot in common with the first one. Other than one similarity, that is.

    “They were both wars,” said Grayson County coach Mike Worrell after his Blue Devils rallied from four runs down to defeat the Pioneers 7-6 Tuesday at the GNB Baseball Complex.

  • Trading Spaces

    Looking for a house a few blocks from Palm Beach in sunny Florida?

    Susannah Pushkin, whose grandparents were originally from Baywood, is hoping someone will agree to trade her a home in Galax in exchange for her 1,358-square-foot house in Lantana, Fl.

    Pushkin is the owner of a two-story, 100-year-old farmhouse in the Baywood community of Grayson County, and is looking for something to do with the property. In order to begin working on the place, she needs a home back in Galax.