Today's News

  • Blue Devils open with 48-9 win

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County used its superior defense and size advantage Friday night to cruise to a 48-9 victory over Alleghany, N.C. in the season opener for the Blue Devils at Bill Strong Field.

    And while the defense was holding the Trojans to only nine points, the offense took over to provide the points for the non-district win.

  • Tide grounds out 38-25 win

    Galax played its first game under its new lights Friday. Had they been playing under a few dozen handheld flashlights it still would have been perfectly clear – the kids Galax has running the ball are going to be better most of the time than the guys trying to tackle them.

    Donte Peoples carried 22 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns while Steven Peoples added 119 yards and a TD on 13 attempts as Galax overcame a sloppy performance to hold of Glenvar 38-25 in a nondistrict game. It was the season opener for both teams.

  • Register by Friday for Senior Olympics

    Seniors 50 and older in the Twin County area have an opportunity to participate in the first-ever Twin County Senior Olympics on Sept. 14 and 15, but time is running out to register.
    The deadline for registration is this Friday — Aug. 31.
    The recreation departments from Carroll, Galax and Grayson, along with the Hillsville Rotary Club and Carroll Wellness Center, have teamed up to sponsor the Olympics. “They have worked very hard to make this a reality for us,” said Dennis Ward of Hillsville, the event’s organizer.

  • Veterans memorial nearing completion

    It’s been a long time coming, but the 3,600-square-foot Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial is another step closer to being completed.
    The city recently contracted with North Carolina Granite Corp. to provide and install memorial stones at the site by the end of October. The memorial stones will represent each of the military branches.
    A dedication is to be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at the memorial beside the Galax Public Library.

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  • Carroll criminal cases result in convictions

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons recently released these updates on cases his office has prosecuted, which have resulted in convictions:

    • In Carroll County Circuit Court on Aug. 13, Douglas Austin Jennings, 29, of Galax pleaded guilty to one count each of robbery, aggravated malicious wounding, statutory burglary and malicious wounding in the commission of a robbery.

  • Town will use panel to hire police chief

    HILLSVILLE  — Mayor Greg Crowder is eager to hire a new town manager, so issues involving economic development and utilities won’t continue to be delayed.
    The hiring process could be time-consuming, as the town has received a total of 80 applications for the manager post and a police chief vacancy.

  • Into the fire: Galax officer rescues driver in I-77 crash


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  • JoyFest balloon rides uplift memory of fallen hero

    WOODLAWN — Three years ago, when the Joy Ranch children’s home in Carroll County added a quilt auction and children’s inflatables to its annual open house and alumni reunion, organizers wanted a catchy name and an appealing attraction for the newly created event.
    Thus “JoyFest” began, with the theme of “Up!” in its first year and hot-air ballooning activities as its leading feature.