Today's News

  • Opticom system gets green light in Galax

    The Opticom system — devices on traffic signals that change lights to clear the way and make intersections safer for emergency traffic — have been installed at all intersections along East Stuart Drive in Galax, from the Main Street to Walmart.
    Two preempting devices have also been installed at the Webster and Washington intersections on Main Street. Three more will be installed at Center, Grayson and Oldtown streets in January.

  • Wine lover's dream comes to fruition


  • Secret Service honors local officer


  • State budget shortfall predicted


  • Readers' Hotline 11/23/11

    Why no books?
    With the very high tax rates in Grayson County, why are our children at Independence Middle School not provided textbooks?
    Editor’s note: Grayson Schools’ Superintendent Elizabeth Thomas says books are being provided. The school system recently adopted and bought new social studies textbooks for grades K-12. “Although we are in the process of adopting a new mathematics textbook series for all grade levels, the current math textbooks are available to our students,” Thomas said.

  • Cockerham among Emory & Henry honorees

     EMORY –– Former Galax High School volleyball standout Jamie Cockerham has been named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s second-team all-conference squad, ODAC officials announced recently. The all-ODAC teams are selected by the league’s 11 head coaches.

  • XC runners wrap up season

     THE PLAINS –– Galax managed a ninth-place finish in the boys’ team standings while three Twin County girls gave solid individual efforts at the Group A state cross country championships Nov. 12 at Great Meadows.

    The Maroon Tide boys were one point behind Floyd County for eighth position as Region C fared well in the team standings. Fielding just five runners, Parry McCluer (113 points) was a solid second place behind team champion George Mason (65).

  • Sisters celebrate birthdays

    Djamani Peyton Ashland Young celebrated her third birthday Sept. 20 with a Lady Bug party with family and friends at home.

    Her sister, Jacory Madison Brooklyn Young, turned one March 18. Their parents are Joedy and Desmine Young.

    They also have two sisters, Jordan and Bryanna. Grandparents are Marcellous and Mary Martin, the late Frank Simpson and Cindy Townes and the late Isom Young. Great-grandparents are Sena R. Jackson and Floyd and Beatrice Spicer.

  • Turns 80

    Harold Combs of Independence celebrated his 80th birthday on Nov. 17, 2011.

    He is a Korean War veteran. He and his wife, Edie, have daughters Patti and Susie and four granddaughters, one grandson, three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

  • Missing Carroll teen found safe in Illinois

    UPDATE: Courtney West's mother confirms that she has been found safe in Illinois.