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Today's News

  • Teachers left out of pay raise proposal

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — State employees may just get Christmas in July in the form of a 3 percent raise.

    Republican budget leaders from both chambers of the General Assembly announced the pay increase, plus a 17 percent higher starting salary for Virginia State Police troopers and a way to address salary compression for sheriff’s deputies.

  • Driver injured when car hits school bus

    A two-vehicle crash at 9:15 a.m. Monday on Trapper Drive in Galax involving a school bus left no children harmed, but the driver of the second vehicle with minor injuries, according to the Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

    A Carroll County school bus, driven by Franklin, Mason, 57, of Woodlawn, was stopping to pick up a student when it was struck from the rear by a 2007 Buick Rainier driven by Dora Isom, 29, of Woodlawn.

  • Galax police warn of postcard scam

    According to the Galax Police Department, several people have received a non-solicited postcard in the mail announcing that they have won a gift card from Walmart or Target.

    “Walmart confirms that this is a scam,” the department said in a post on its Facebook page. “The person who answers the phone asks for personal information and a credit card number to process the award.”

    The listed telephone number is in a Caribbean country.

  • Titans end Carroll’s 14-game streak

    ROANOKE –– Carroll County rallied from a 14-2 deficit in the first quarter and then again from a 15-point hole in the third but couldn’t capitalize as the Cavaliers fell to Hidden Valley in overtime, 65-60 in a River Ridge District girls’ game Tuesday.

    Held without a field goal in the first period, the Cavaliers (15-2 overall, 10-1 district) tied the game in the second quarter but fell behind again 39-24 in the third.

  • Devils leave Cats behind

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County dominated the fourth quarter and took a big 71-54 win over Virginia High in a Conference 39 game Wednesday.

    Leading 45-44, the Blue Devils (8-10) pulled out to a 54-46 lead as Jake Hollingsworth and Tanner McPherson each scored from the foul line and added a driving layup.

    The Bearcats pulled back to within 56-50 on a Ryan BRadley 3-pointer with 3:24 to go but Grayson closed out the game with a 15-4 run fueled by its defense.

  • Grayson drops two to Three Rivers foes

     INDEPENDENCE –– Hank Connor led a balanced Glenvar scoring attack as the Highlanders took down Grayson County 82-52 in a nondistrict boys’ game Monday night.

    Connor scored a game-high 19 points while Noah Lovelace dropped in 14 and fellow Highlanders Logan Williams and Landry Gerbers added 13 points apiece.

    Grayson County (7-10) got a team-best 14 points from Tanner McPherson and Wes Ayers chipped in 10 points.

    Glenvar improved to 12-6 with the win.

     

  • Cougars steal win from Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– The National Transportation Safety Board would have a whale of a time sorting out Monday night’s River Ridge District clash between Carroll County and Pulaski County as both teams experienced a train wreck. The Cougars were able to walk away from theirs.

    Carroll County dominated in every phase of the game up to the mid-point of the third quarter but Pulaski County rallied from a 27-point hole over the final 12 minutes and stunned the Cavaliers 79-72 in overtime.

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  • Attorney, police react to immigration policy changes

    President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed Jan. 27, to suspend the travel of immigrants, refugees or any citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries into the U.S. for 90 days caused a massive uproar, as protestors and attorneys flocked to international American airports to stand witness to immigrants being turned away or detained.

    Locally, an immigration lawyer wonders about the constitutionality of the order and police are wondering if they will be drafted to enforce immigration law.

  • Murder suspect among grand jury indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on four charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday, stemming from a fatal shooting that occurred last March.

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis was indicted on charges of murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (subsequent offense).