Today's News

  • Blue Ridge Backroads celebrates parkway anniversary with concert

    The FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Fisher Peak Chapter, in conjunction with the City of Galax and WBRF Radio 98.1 FM, is hosting a special presentation of the Blue Ridge Backroads radio show tonight, Friday.
    The evening is dedicated to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    A special anniversary cake will be shared by all prior to the live radio show. The FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway will also share information about the parkway and how we can all join in to preserve this wonderful natural treasure.

  • Authors of parkway books to visit library

    David E. and Anne Mitchell Whisnant, authors of “When The Parkway Came,” will visit the Galax Public Library on Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. to read excerpts from their books and talk about writing.
    Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing.
    This visit complements local celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Carroll cheerleaders earn honors

     BOONE, N.C. –– The Carroll County High School cheer program enjoyed another successful summer, earning numerous awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association camp at Appalachian State University.

    The Cavalier varsity squad earned all superior ribbons en route to winning first place in the camp championship cheer and in home pom dance routine competitions, as well as winning the Leadership Award, chosen by the other squads in attendance.

  • RipTide finishes third as team, wins 10 gold medals

     The Galax RipTide swim team concluded its 2010 summer swim schedule with an overall record of 8-5, placing third out of seven teams in the season-ending Blue Ridge Swim League conference meet.

    “We accomplished a lot this season,” said RipTide coach Trace Lumpkin. “The team worked very hard to swim all four disciplines the correct way so they would not get any disqualifications when we swam at the annual conference meet.”

  • DiMaggio takes slingshot dragster win at Elk Creek nostalgia show

     ELK CREEK –– It looked like old times Aug. 28 at Elk Creek Dragway with the bleachers packed and the safety standing area filled up from starting line to finish line.

    The reason for the full house was the Charlie Overfelt Nostalgia Show, with more than three dozen nostalgia cars from New Jersey to Daytona Beach on hand for the big event. In the Slingshot Dragster finals, Mike DiMaggio of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. ran a 5.16 e.t. at 121 mph to top Tommy Jackson of Montvale, N.C., who posted a 5.17 e.t. at 122 mph.

  • New website tracks local happenings

    An updated community Web site designed by Professional Networks in Galax allows visitors to view a calendar of events, plan their vacation and get directions to area happenings.
    The site tcvaevents.com was launched in June 2007 and has averaged 17,000 hits per month, as planners view events happening in Grayson and Carroll counties and Galax.
    Individual events listed on the tcvaevents.com site are getting high rankings on Google search engine lists for their respective topics.

  • Math class teaches real world skills

    HILLSVILLE — Just back to school, fifth-grade math students at Hillsville Elementary practiced writing out “six to the fourth power” exponentially, and third graders estimated the money they would need and calculated the change they’d get back while buying school supplies.

  • Guynn driven to help national park

    In the midst of a depression in the 1930s and ‘40s, there wasn’t much recreation going on in Galax — except for visits to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    Many people went to Cumberland Knob — where the parkway began in 1935 — to grill, picnic and walk the trails because it was free and beautiful, Mary Guynn recalls.

  • Our Parkway: A Milepost-By-Milepost Tour

    Millions of people from across the United States visit the Blue Ridge Parkway each year, drawn by scenic views and the attractions that preserve America's rural past.

  • Parkway anniversary activities abound this weekend

    The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival will span three days, two main venues in two states and four local communities, as the National Park Service celebrates its most-visited park.