Today's News

  • 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. 

  • Tide sets pace, races into state

    ELLISTON –– Having given up 112 points two weeks ago to No. 1-ranked Oak Hill Academy, Galax knows that there’s not a lot of joy in watching an opponent go to triple digits. After Thursday, the Maroon Tide knows that sometimes it’s just going to happen.

    On a night when everything seemed to fall, Galax put up its highest scoring total in four years, zipping past Bland County 102-56 in the Region C Division 1 boys’ semifinals at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Cavs finally cut down nets

    HILLSVILLE –– Lindsay Martin admits that she is afraid of heights. She gladly dealt with the phobia Friday, even if it meant climbing a ladder with a pair of scissors in her hand.

    The Cavalier sharpshooter and her teammates became the first Carroll County girls to cut down the nets after a region title game, ending a string of five championship game losses with a 49-46 win over top-seeded Salem in the Region IV Division 4 finals at Carroll.