Today's News

  • Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart

    The Galax Police Department received a report at 4:49 p.m. today, Thursday, that a Walmart associate was told there was possibly a bomb located in the store.
    Galax police responded and the store was evacuated pending a search. Explosive canines were used to check the store.
    Galax police are seeking a white male, approximately 40 years old,  6’3” tall, wearing a faded red T-shirt and tan or khaki pants. The suspect was known to be located in the service desk area prior to communicating the threat.
    The store was cleared to reopen at 8:45 PM.

  • Opening-round 66 propels Hiatt to Blue Ridge title

     Brad Hiatt took the first day lead and made it stand up on Sunday to win the 47th annual Blue Ridge Country Club Invitational held Aug. 20-21.

    Hiatt shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday and closed it out with a 1-under 69 on Sunday for a 135.

    Three golfers shot a 139 and after scorecards were matched, second place went to James Williams with rounds of 68-71 and third place to defending champion Brad Chambers, 67-72. Kenny Hiatt was the third golfer to shoot a 139.

    Other winners were:


  • Key stretch opens for Carroll

     HILLSVILLE –– One benefit of having an open week is the opportunity for coaches to scout the next opponent in person. Carroll County coach Tom Hale was hoping to see something other than what he witnessed in Abingdon’s rout of John Battle this past Friday, but the trip to Washington County only served as a confirmation.

    “We saw them Friday night and they just reinforced what we already knew,” said Hale after the Falcons’ 49-13 win.

  • More than bragging rights at stake

     Grayson County vs. Galax has always meant a lot. This year, it’s worth a lot.

    The Blue Devils hop the New River and head into Galax for a Mountain Empire District game tonight that, for the first time in a long time, will have serious district championship and postseason implications for both teams.

    While it may sound like a sound bite from a meeting of the Mutual Admiration Society, both coaches voiced some very real concerns about the other’s program this week.

  • Galax storms to title

     WYTHEVILLE –– The six members of Galax’s golf team had to play under the same weather conditions as everybody else at the Region C tournament Wednesday at Wytheville Golf Club.

    The Tide was just the only team to play like champions.

    On a day in which Mother Nature threw the field a knuckleball with conditions that alternated between rainy, sunny, windy, overcast, cold and sometimes all of the above, Galax recorded an impressive team score of 296 to blow away the competition and defend its regional title.

  • Nelson named Most Improved for Wasps

     EMORY –– Matt Nelson, a 2009 Galax High School graduate, enjoyed an exceptional freshman season on the tennis court for Emory and Henry College, earning team and conference honors during his first season at the collegiate level this past spring.

    Playing No 2 singles as a freshman, Nelson compiled a record of 16-4, earning Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the week honors during the year.

    Nelson teamed with No. 1 singles player Chip Wintringham at first doubles, and the pair racked up 17 wins against just four losses.

  • Volleyball teams pick up wins

     Galax used a late flurry in the second set to take a three-set win over Rural Retreat, notching a 25-14, 25-20, 25-8 nondistrict win Wednesday night.

    Having breezed to the win in the first game, Galax (13-1) found itself in a battle in the second as the Indians pulled out to a 17-13 lead.

    A Rural Retreat serve into the net and a Harley Brewer kill ignited the Maroon Tide, which finished the set on a 12-3 run to take a two-game lead.

    Three powerful kills by Kem Simmons and two more spikes by Bailey Shumate helped the Maroon Tide pull in front.

  • Review: Go ahead — laugh in church

    Two days after seeing the Galax Theatre Guild's production of “Smoke on the Mountain,” I am still laughing.

    Ginger Correll and Carolyn Davis have done a remarkable job of directing this ensemble of actors so that the audience can laugh with complete abandon. The Sanders Family, Preacher Oglethorpe, as well as the members of the congregation are so genuine and funny you never feel they are mocking the people they are portraying. Instead, they just inspire guilt‑free happiness and uncontrollable laughter.

  • Register now to vote in Nov. 2 election

    Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election.
    Applications are taken at any of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ 74 customer service centers. Local voter registrars also take applications.
    (Monday will be observed as the Columbus Day holiday by DMV and many other state and federal offices).
    Residents should check their voting status before the deadline to make sure they are registered in the correct polling precinct.

  • Outhouse Olympics

    INDEPENDENCE — The annual Mountain Foliage Festival features events you can see nowhere else, like outhouses on wheels racing down the street, a Potty Princess “beauty” pageant and a toilet paper toss.
    The town's Grand Privy Race was recently named the state's official outhouse race by the Virginia General Assembly. Teams pull custom-built outhouses — or “privies” — in a race for the prized bedpan trophy.
    The event kicks off today, Friday, with a pie baking contest and the pageant tonight.