Today's News

  • A-game not quite enough

    Galax played some of its best softball of the season Monday. Unfortunately, it didn’t translate into wins against one of the better teams it will see all year.
    The Maroon Tide drastically reduced its errors and strikeouts, its pitchers threw strikes and Galax actually made the Buffaloes rally for a win in the nightcap of a double header swept by Floyd 13-1 and 6-3 at Mountain View Park.

  • Cavaliers pull out 11-10 win to salvage split with Floyd County

    FLOYD –– Carroll County and Floyd County split a double header Thursday as two vastly different games resulted in two equally tight finishes.
    The two teams combined for two hits in the opener as Floyd took a 2-0 win. Kat Mills broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fourth for the Buffaloes. Amber Ingram was then hit by a pitch and eventually scored on Courtney Huff’s sacrifice fly.
    Ingram handed the Cavaliers just their second defeat of the season by tossing a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

  • Maroon Tide jumps on Pioneers

    With the visitors’ team bus arriving late, the Galax-Fort Chiswell soccer double header Thursday night was nearly an hour late in getting under way.
    Galax got it going early nonetheless.
    The Maroon Tide girls needed but four minutes to find the goal in their 3-1 win, while the Galax boys scored in less than a half minute and rolled to a 7-1 win as the Tide swept the Mountain Empire District twin bill.

  • State approves license fee increases

    Hunters and anglers will be paying more to help the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries bridge the gap in a budget shortfall the agency expects to face in coming years.

    Outdoors enthusiasts who take advantage of some DGIF facilities and property will also pay more — even if they don't fish, hunt or have a registered boat.

    In a meeting Tuesday, the department's board voted to increase the cost of a number of fishing and hunting licenses and to implement a user fee at state wildlife management areas and department-owned lakes.

  • Carroll seeks school construction bids

    HILLSVILLE — Contractors take note: Carroll County Public Schools have millions of dollars of work available on expansions to two facilities.
    Educators began the bidding process Monday on projects that would add the ninth grade to the high school and turn the intermediate school into a facility to house grades sixth through eight.
    The school system has $15 million in bonds from the federal stimulus to work with so far.

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  • Despite pleas, budget has no additional school money


    INDEPENDENCE — Although it wasn’t the amount educators requested, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved the school operating budget last week.
    At the continued meeting of the supervisors on April 26, Supervisor Mike Maynard made the motion to approve the budget in the amount of $20.8 million, which was passed by a unanimous 5-0 vote.
    The total includes $5.28 million in county funds.

  • Local woman target of lottery scam

    INDEPENDENCE — On April 25, the security manager at Grayson National Bank reported one of her customers was a victim of a lottery scam.
    The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, attempted to cash a check for $4,800 at Grayson National Bank’s main branch, according to a press release from the Grayson Sheriff’s Office. GNB officials, suspicious of the checks validity, called the issuer of the check.
    When they discovered the check was a counterfeit, they called the sheriff’s office.

  • Galax man charged in computer scam

    Anthony Gonzalez, 45, of Virginia Street in Galax was arrested April 24 and charged with two misdemeanor counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses.
    According to a Galax Police Department report, the arrest stemmed from an investigation by Senior Police Officer Bill Shaffner. The department received complaints from victims that Gonzalez solicited the sale of laptop computers between February and April, taking funds in advance. No computers were delivered to the victims.

  • Three charged in attack on Galax man