Today's News

  • Region repeat for Galax

    ELLISTON –– Basketball players at Parry McCluer High School are well-taught the fundamentals of the game by longtime coach Nelson Fox. The Fighting Blues will hit their free throws, they don’t often turn the ball over and they are normally adept at the lost art of the midrange jumper.

    But as many a football coach has lamented the fact that you can’t coach speed, not even Fox can coach size.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/29/12

    Leave it alone
    This is regarding Clover Street and the smoking [near the hospital]. Whoever it is that called that in, it’s wintertime. What in the world is he doing outside? Can you smell the smoke? You need to leave that traffic alone because they are probably just going home.

    Righteously outraged

  • Don't trash the fee, citizens tell board

    INDEPENDENCE — As the Grayson County Board of Supervisors continues to ponder the fate of an widely criticized trash collection fee, two citizens voiced some support at a Feb. 9 meeting.
    Dennis Hines of Fries told the supervisors to  "make sure you have all the facts before you make a decision concerning the trash fee."
    He said cutting out the trash fee wouldn't help the citizens if the county increased the real estate levy to make up the lost revenue.

  • Wildwood road project shortened


  • Juvenile charged with arson

    After further investigation of a fire that damaged a house on Haystack Road in the Baywood community, a 15-year-old juvenile has been charged with arson.
    Police said Jacob Smith, 15, was held as a “person of interest” after the Feb. 16 fire at the home where he lived with his parents, Ben and Marissa Smith.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan did not release the name of the juvenile, or indicate if Smith is the 15-year-old charged.

  • Dancer from Galax living his dreams


  • GHS tops district in forensics tournament


  • A busy weekend for Hillsville police


  • Five now registered for Hillsville election

    HILLSVILLE — The count on candidates certified to run in the May Hillsville municipal elections is up to five.
    Phyllis Lackey has filed the paperwork to run for town council in the Pine Creek ward.
    Incumbent Mayor Bill Tate will seek re-election to office.
    Local businessman Greg Crowder is also running for mayor.
    Both incumbent Council Member Orba Alderman and newcomer David Young have filed to run for the Pipers Gap ward.

  • Maroon Tide girls withstand Bath County rally

    ELLISTON –– Galax staved off an inspired fourth-quarter rally Friday to take down Bath County 37-34 Friday in the Region C Division 1 semifinals. 

    The Maroon Tide advanced to Saturday’s championship game against Covington, which dispensed of Bland County 51-37 in the nightcap. Both teams will move on to this weekend’s state quarterfinals.

    Allison White sank four high-pressure free throws in the final moments to key the Tide’s 37-34 win.