Today's News

  • Fewer receive heating assistance

    Fewer Galax households received heating assistance funds in 2011, which could be the result of more people being hired, said Susan Clark, director of Galax Department of Social Services.
    With some businesses hiring — such as the new furniture company Albany Industries, Results calling center and Consolidated Glass — “we’ve heard indication that some of our clients are getting on at these locations,” said Clark.
    The heating assistance program assists low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

  • Bringing new jobs still a tricky endeavor


  • Crouse among five Virginia police officers lost in 2011

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Virginia lost five law enforcement officers during 2011, a year when gun violence against police spiked nationwide, according to a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
    Preliminary information released Dec. 28 found that 173 officers had been killed in the line of duty in the past year.
    This is up 13 percent from the 153 officers who died in 2010, according to the report.

  • ABC stores stock booze on sales potential, not taste


  • What's the best-selling liquor in Virginia?


    Virginia ABC’s sales data for 2010-2011 rank the following as the top dozen product categories in Virginia:

  • Website gets puzzled looks


    Online activities, such as the jigsaw puzzle, at BuyGalax.com have drawn additional interest to the site and to community businesses, said creator John Nunn.
    The website, a local shopping directory, encourages Galax citizens to buy locally instead of traveling long distances to do their shopping.
    Nunn looks at the site as just one piece of the business promotion puzzle, so the brain teasers at the site are quite appropriate.

  • Governor awards Galax $382K for Sawyers work


  • Carroll Co. AAU girls finish first, second

     The Carroll County 4th-grade girls’ AAU basketball team won its third tournament of the year Dec. 10 at Fort Chiswell a week after placing second in a tournament in Roanoke.

    In the Roanoke tournament on Dec. 3, the Cavaliers defeated teams from Roanoke and West Virginia in the morning, reaching the championship game that afternoon.

    Facing the same West Virginia team from the morning round, Carroll County put together a strong defensive effort but could not get its shots to fall, settling for the runner-up trophy after a 21-17 defeat.

  • Maroon Tide edges Cavs by three

    HILLSVILLE –– Calling the Galax-Carroll County girls’ basketball game Wednesday ‘ugly’ would be doing a disservice to homely people everywhere.

    The ‘W’ Galax took home was attractive enough, though.

    The Maroon Tide picked up a rare win over Carroll County despite managing just 33 points on 13-of-41 shooting, toppling the Southwest District frontrunner 33-30 in a nondistrict game Wednesday night.

  • Maroon Tide tops pair of Carolina teams

     SPARTA, N.C. –– Galax bounced back from a slow start and ran past North Surry, N.C. 59-48 Tuesday to open a successful venture in the Alleghany Invitational at Alleghany County High School.

    Down by double figures in the first half, the Maroon Tide (2-0) rallied to take a 30-29 lead by halftime, then gradually pulled away in the second half.

    Lawrence Parsons led the way for Galax with 19 points, Deion George scored 13 and Devonte McKinney tossed in 10 points for the Maroon Tide.