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Today's News

  • Broadband is the medicine TCRH needs

    Twin County Regional Hospital is expected to be a primary user of the regional broadband utility being planned by the Wired Road Authority.

    However, its need for fiber optic services is far ahead of construction plans and beyond the authority’s fiscal capabilities.

    “They have a great need for broadband just for their medical and telemedicine purposes,” Keith Barker, assistant city manager and member of the authority, told Galax City Council in requesting a $260,000 loan to place a fiber optic connection.

  • Former fire chief, radio station manager dies

    Joe Crockett, a longtime firefighter and station manager of Galax's WBOB-AM, died on Nov. 8 at the age of 88.

    Joseph Pierce Crockett is remembered as the driving force behind the modern Galax Volunteer Fire Department, to which he dedicated nearly 60 years of his life — 32 of those as chief.

    He was a civic-minded man with a passion for the fire department and the annual “Galax Community Christmas Party” charity event.

    Crockett was in the radio business in Galax for 38 years, during which he served as station manager of WBOB — now WWWJ-AM.

  • Talks take in annexation topics

    HILLSVILLE — Circumstances have changed since the last time Hillsville and Carroll County sat down to talk about water and sewer billing disagreements.

    For one, Carroll County has made strides to be able to provide its own water and sewer service to the industrial park near Interstate 77 and U.S. 58 — a matter from which part of the billing disagreements stemmed.

    Still up in the air is the possibility of annexation and changes in distribution of tax revenue from commercial businesses at the interchange. The monies are being split by Carroll and Hillsville.

  • A generous gesture

    After a long search for a site to create a visitors' center for Galax, the city has been given the perfect building in a surprise move by a philanthropic downtown property owner.

    Johnny Parsons has provided the ideal spot for a visitors' center in his donation of his former law office at the corner of East Grayson Street and Rex Lane.

  • Salem too tough for Carroll

    DUBLIN –– Carroll County successfully navigated its way through the first 23 matches of the season without a loss. Plotting a course through Salem was another matter entirely.

  • Bears wrap up MED crown

    INDEPENDENCE –– Bland County scored twice in the first 2:11 of the second half to break open a tight game and claim its first outright Mountain Empire District championship, knocking off defending champion Grayson County 29-14 Friday at Bill Strong Field.

    The Bears (9-1 overall, 4-0 district), who earned a share of the MED title on two previous occasions, will enter the Region C Division 1 playoffs as the No. 1 seed while Grayson County ends its season at 0-10, 0-4.

  • Galax enjoys happy ending

    WAR, W.Va. — It's an old clich, often times a non-sports one, that “something slipped through someone's fingers.”

    Literally and figuratively that's exactly what happened Friday night to the Big Creek Owls, as they lost four second-half fumbles and a pass interception in a 34-28 loss to Galax.

    With those miscues, and the resulting defeat, the Owls (7-2) may have lost a chance at the West Virginia Class A playoffs. Galax finished its season at 3-7.

  • Galax brings end of era to Big Creek

    Galax is going to War.

    Finding its schedule one game short after the closure of former Mountain Empire District member Pocahontas last summer, Galax filled out its schedule with a one-time meeting against Big Creek, located in War, W.Va., where the Maroon Tide will close the curtain on the 2008 season against the 7-2 Owls.

  • Bland marks last chance for Grayson County
  • Bland marks last chance for Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE –– Nobody goes into a football season hoping to go 1-9, although it is certainly better than 0-10. Although if fate deals a team a one-win season, it would definitely be better to end a season with a win than to start with one.

    Grayson County will attempt to pick up its first win of the year, end the season on a high note and throw a wrench into the Mountain Empire District race tonight when the Blue Devils (0-9 overall, 0-3 district) host league leader Bland County (8-1, 3-0) as the regular season winds to a close in Virginia.