Today's News

  • Sharpshooting Maroons top Devils for MED title

    Grayson County nearly overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit, but a blistering third quarter by George Wythe proved too tall an order for the Blue Devils as the Maroons won the Mountain Empire District tournament championship, 77-68 Wednesday at Galax High School.

  • Cavalier girls whack LCA

    HILLSVILLE –– The best offense, the saying goes, is a good defense. Or is it the best defense is a good offense? At any rate, for Carroll County Friday evening, a great defense brought out the best in its offense.

  • Rocking the cradle; threepeat for Spurlin

    Mere seconds away from defeat, Galax's two-time champ made it three in a row.

    SALEM –– Joshua Spurlin registered career win No. 100 Saturday. More significant was the fact that he also notched career win No. 3.

  • Traffic stop nabs homicide suspect

    Staff Report

    A routine stop for a traffic violation in Galax this weekend resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for a 2017 homicide in Mexico.

    On Feb. 17, Officer Tyler Houk stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on Stuart Drive, shortly after 9:50 p.m., according to a Galax Police Department report.

    The operator could not produce a valid Virginia operator's license, the report said. After a check of the Virginia DMV data base, police determined that Joel Miguel Miguel, 38, was driving on a suspended license.

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  • SWVA's $1 billion tourism industry

    Staff Report

    A 56 percent increase in tourism spending in Southwest Virginia since 2004 is highlighted in new report by the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Southwest Virginia.

    The annual report for 2017 outlines the regional economic impact of the tourism economy and spotlights economic, community and tourism development initiatives, regional marketing and branding.

  • Training center bills fail to advance

    RICHMOND — Legislative efforts to save the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County have failed, after three bills from local lawmakers were not advanced in the General Assembly.

    Dels. Jeff Campbell (R-6th District, who represents Carroll County) and Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District, who represents Grayson County and Galax) filed bills this year in attempt to keep the mental health facility open.

  • Carroll sets budget goal

    HILLSVILLE – At its second meeting to discuss the operating budget for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, the Carroll County School Board heard a report on how education is linked to economic development.

    Tammy Quesenberry, finance supervisor for Carroll County Public Schools, presented an analysis highlighting intended budget goals.

    According to the report, the school system would like to focus on support instruction, which promotes student achievement in a safe learning environment.

  • GOP softens resistance to Medicaid expansion

    Staff Report

    The chances that Virginia will join 32 other states in expanding Medicaid improved slightly last week, when on key Republican legislator endorsed the plan, which most GOP lawmakers have opposed.

    “We have to step up, we can’t be the party of ‘no.’” said Del. Terry Kilgore, adding that at least 15 Republicans in the House of Delegates will likely vote with him on the issue, according to an Associated Press report.

  • ‘Thoughts and prayers.” Then a failure to act.

    The video is short, only a few seconds long.

    It is shot from below desk level, where a girl in a dress and a boy in shorts are huddled.

    The students’ talking is interrupted by the explosion of gunfire — 15, maybe 16 shots in all, as the kids scream. The shooter isn’t in their classroom, but is close, and the children’s terror is nauseatingly apparent.