Today's News

  • Pets can die in hot cars

    At just 72 degrees, the temperature inside a car can rise to more than 100 degrees in a short amount of time, making it dangerous to leave pets in vehicles, warned Galax Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant.
    “As warm weather approaches, I want to make people aware of the dangers of leaving pets in cars, because it can get hot very quickly,” she said. “Some aren’t aware that dogs can get heat stroke like we do.”
    Bryant averages about 15 to 25 calls per year on animals that are in danger due to being left in parked cars.

  • Blevins sentenced on drug charges


  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

    Two Henry County residents were arrested in Galax and charged with possession of narcotics.
    Galax Police Sgt. Mark Burnett observed a vehicle occupied by Eric Dwayne Wright, 20, and Tynanhry Tremaine Watkins, 30, both of Axton, parked in suspicious a location, according to a police report. His observations and investigation revealed that the vehicle was improperly registered.

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    Natives are restless

  • Cavaliers throttle Golden Wave

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and put coasted from there, opening Southwest District softball tournament play Monday with an 8-0 win over Grundy.

    The Cavaliers traveled to Tazewell for the semifinals on Tuesday, with the championship game set for Thursday at Abingdon.

  • Carroll Co. ousts Grundy

     HILLSVILLE –– It’s been proven this year that there’s no shame in having played a close baseball game with Grundy. Even a loss to the one-time Southwest District doormat isn’t nearly as surprising as it once was.

    Carroll County did neither.

    Facing a team that handed league-leading Tazewell its first SWD loss of the season just a week earlier, the Cavaliers jumped on the Golden Wave early and advanced to the SWD tournament semifinals with a 12-4 win Monday at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Grayson Co. topples Galax 8-2

    With the end of the world predicted for later in the day, what better way to spend one’s last few mortal hours than with a Saturday double header.

    And if you’re reading this, that giant burning ball in the sky that nobody had seen in what seems like forever was just the sun.

  • Maroon Tide repeats as MED track champions

     Galax swept the team titles at the Mountain Empire District track and field championships Wednesday, repeating the performance from a year ago and marking the 24th time the school has won district track championships since joining the MED.

    The Maroon Tide girls earned their ninth title by holding off Narrows 152-143 while the boys easily outpointed Grayson County 163-108 for their 15th district championship. Fort Chiswell’s boys were third with 86 points, followed by Bland County (35) and Narrows (30).

  • Strong homers lift Richlands

    HILLSVILLE –– A predictable offense isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, repetitiveness was a key Thursday for Richlands.

    Every nine batters, the kid wearing No. 13 hit one over the fence.

    Led by Bradley Strong’s three solo home runs and a solid effort by starting pitcher James Patton, Richlands knocked off Carroll County 6-2 in a Southwest District game at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Grayson back on top in MED

     NARROWS –– Three Grayson County pitchers limited Narrows to a pair of hits Monday and the Blue Devils wrapped up the Mountain Empire District regular season championship with a 10-0 win shortened to six innings.

    Jared Salts improved to 8-0 on the mound, giving up two singles in four innings. The senior right-hander struck out four and walked two. Dustin Leonard and Tyler Rutherford each pitched one hitless inning.