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Today's News

  • Chief responds to Mexican gang report

    Despite a recent article in The Washington Times that pinpoints Galax as being highly concentrated with Mexican drug cartels and gangs, drug arrests were down for 2008 in the city.

    The Justice Department was the source of information for the article — “Obama faces Mexican drug wars” — that many local residents read and became concerned about.

    There are reasons why Galax, despite low drug and violent crime arrests compared to other cities, is making national headlines about Mexican drug cartels, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Oak Hill to host Meet the Team night

    MOUTH OF WILSON –– Oak Hill Academy, home of the nationally-acclaimed Warriors basketball team, will host a Meet the Gold Team fundraising event on the Oak Hill campus on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m.

  • Maroon Tide escapes Bland

    BLAND –– The 3-pointer is a fickle mistress.

    Galax had absolutely fallen in love with the 3-pointer over the past week, knocking down 32 of them in its last three games, but the trey loved Bland County in the early going Friday night and nearly jilted the Maroon Tide, which scraped and clawed its way to a 52-50 Mountain Empire District win at the league’s most inhospitable venue.

  • Galax gives Bland a scare, falls 47-39

    BLAND –– It was supposed to be Laurel Hankins’ big night. It was very nearly Galax’s big surprise party.

    The Maroon Tide gave league-leading Bland County all it could handle for more than three quarters before the Bears pulled away down the stretch and survived with a 47-39 Mountain Empire District win Friday night.

  • Blue Devils back to .500 in MED

    NARROWS – Grayson County picked up a pair of key Mountain Empire District wins and surged into second place in the standings with a 58-53 win over Narrows Friday.

    The Blue Devils pulled away by hitting 12 of 15 foul shots in the fourth quarter.

    Eric Harvey lad all scorers with 25 points for Grayson County (11-6 overall, 2-2 district) and Bubba Bowen chipped in 10.

    Corey Lowe led three Green Wave scorers in double figures with 15 points.

    Grayson County 12 17 10 19––58

    Narrows 9 16 13 15––53

  • School water option chosen

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Grange Hollow Road will have to wait until bids are received to see if they will be included in the new water system from the Town of Troutdale to the new school being built in the western end of Grayson County.

  • Carroll approves fire truck purchase

    HILLSVILLE — Getting a new engine for the Hillsville Fire Department was something of an emergency in itself, based on the Jan. 12 discussion initiated by Carroll's emergency services coordinator.

    Joe Roma asked the county board of supervisors to take emergency steps to resolve the mechanical problems with two fire department trucks. This need was further aggravated by a broken-down pump on the department's ladder truck.

  • Grayson advertises top job

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will begin advertising for the position of county administrator Feb. 1.

    The board of supervisors voted unanimously during its regular meeting earlier this month to begin looking for a replacement for retiring County Administrator Bill Ring.

    Last summer, the board hired Mitch Smith as assistant county administrator. “The playing field is level and Mitch will have to apply just like everyone else and compete with the candidates,” Ring said.

  • Gun show bill passes senate committee

    RICHMOND — A Senate committee on Monday endorsed legislation that would require criminal background checks for nearly all firearms purchased at gun shows like the annual Labor Day event in Hillsville, advancing a bill advocated by families and survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

  • Public record for 1/14/09 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

    Kenneth Ray Patton of Independence, guilty of failure to register as a sex offender; sentenced to 30 days in jail; pay $516 costs.