Today's News

  • Fort Chiswell plays spoiler

    MAX MEADOWS –– Fort Chiswell owned the second half and ruined Grayson County’s chances of a forcing a playoff for the Mountain Empire District season championship, roaring from behind to knock off the Blue Devils 81-69 Thursday night.

    Grayson County (16-5 overall, 6-2 district) could have tied Galax atop the final MED standings with the win but was instead relegated to second place and must turn around to face the Pioneers (17-5, 5-3) again Tuesday in the MED tournament semifinals.

  • Law aims to help abuse victims


  • Sheriff's office reports busy week

    Officers with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made several arrests involving drugs, firearms and traffic violations recently, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
    On Jan. 30, Deputy Travis Jefferson conducted a traffic stop on the Grayson County side of the City of Galax. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine.
    Amber Sexton, 24, of 966 Coleman Lane in Galax, was charged with possession of meth. A passenger in the car was charged with underage possession of alcohol.

  • Veterans' memorial construction to begin


  • Redistricting plans confound school board


  • Webb won't seek re-election

    For U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, who successfully championed the largest expansion of veterans’ benefits since World War II and is trying to launch a major reform of the nation’s criminal justice system, serving only one six-year term in Congress is enough.
    The Virginia Democrat — a decorated war veteran, former Navy secretary and an author of bestselling books before being elected in 2006 — announced on his 65th birthday that he won’t run again.

  • Automatic restoration of felons' rights fails in House

    RICHMOND — A House of Delegates subcommittee has rejected an attempt to amend the Virginia Constitution to allow automatic restoration of civil rights to nonviolent felons once they complete their criminal sentences.
    The House panel’s action signals that it is unlikely to be enacted this year in the General Assembly.
    That means Virginia will remain one of two states — Kentucky is the other  — that set the highest bar in the nation for felons to regain their rights of citizenship.

  • Broccoli industry could boom for local farmers

    Carroll County has been chosen for field testing in plans by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to invest millions of dollars to build a network of broccoli growers and markets on the east coast.
    Most of the broccoli sold on the east coast is grown in California and Arizona and trucked east, arriving in stores as many as 10 days after harvest. USDA wants to bring locally-grown broccoli closer to consumers.

  • Va. could create 'veterans courts'

    Capital News Service

  • UPDATE -- Grayson loss hands Galax MED title

    Grayson County dropped an 81-69 decision to Fort Chiswell in its Mountain Empire District finale Thursday, ending any hopes of a district championship for the Blue Devils.

    Grayson County, which had defeated the Pioneers 99-84 eight days earlier, was outscored 48-31 in the second half after rallying for a 38-33 halftime lead. The loss gave Galax the regular season championship.

    The Blue Devils finish second in the district standings and will face the No. 3 Pioneers in a rematch in the MED tournament semifinals Tuesday at Galax.