Today's News

  • Grayson attorneys warn of debt collector scam

    Several members of the Grayson‑Galax Bar Association have reported that several clients have contacted their offices about a potential scam.
    By pretending to be debt collectors, callers have threatened to have clients arrested unless they immediately make a payment toward an alleged bad check.
    Many of the calls included calls to family members, claiming to be attempting to collect a debt owed by the client, said bar president Roger Brooks.

  • Sheriff, CenturyLink warn of phone scam

    Grayson County citizens have contacted the sheriff's office about another phone scam recently.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said citizens are receiving calls from local numbers, but when they answer they hear a recording about their credit directing them to press a certain number for more information.
    “Criminals are more sophisticated these days, and it is important that we get the word out to prevent anyone from becoming a victim to one of these calls,” Vaughan said.
    This kind of scam, known as “spoofing,” is not new.


    RICHMOND –– For the last three years, Galax’s basketball season has ended with Justin Hash in tears.

    Friday, Hash only felt like crying – tears of joy.

    Galax fulfilled a preseason goal and sent its senior point guard out smiling, as well as a healthy throng of Maroon Tide supporters, by holding off Page County 49-47 in the Group A Division 1 state championship game Friday afternoon at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.



    RICHMOND — The Maroon Tide boys basketball team made Galax High School history this evening, with a 49-47 win over Page County to win the state championship at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

    The Tide earned its spot in the finals by stunning Luray 52-51 in overtime Thursday in the Group A Division 1 semifinals.

    Gazette sports editor Craig Worrell is covering the game live in Richmond. Watch www.galaxgazette.com this evening for photos and more on this story.

  • Student drug testing considered a success

    HILLSVILLE — A limited-scale student drug testing program at the Regional Alternative Education Center seems to have made a splash with parents as well as educators.
    One year after its inception, educator Wade Meredith, who's in charge of the alternative school on Oak Street in Hillsville, gave a report to the Carroll County School Board on how the drug intervention program is going.

  • Localities to spend $5.25M on Wildwood


  • Miracle on Broad St.



    RICHMOND –– There is snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, and then there is sticking one’s arm shoulder deep into defeat’s neck and yanking a half-digested victory from somewhere deeper.

  • Tide headed to state championship game

    RICHMOND — Galax advanced to Friday's state championship basketball game in Richmond by pulling a stunning comeback in regulation on Thursday and then defeated Luray 52-51 in overtime.
    The Maroon Tide was down seven points with 30 seconds left in regulation but made three three-point shots in the final 15 seconds. Austin Pack hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, before Justin Hash hit two three-pointers in the final eight seconds. A three by Hash at 0.3 seconds sent the game to overtime. Hash scored the winning basket inside with five seconds left in overtime.

  • Hokie Bird to land in Galax


  • Local produce on school menu

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County schools will serve up more orange and green as the staff prepares more colorful and better-balanced meals.
    Those will come from the fresher, healthier foods available to children, grown closer to home, as the country moves the war on obesity into school cafeterias.
    The amount of “white foods” will decrease, as servings will get away from loading the children up on white starches, said Matt Morris, the Chartwells food service employee who's in charge of meals for Carroll County Public Schools.