Today's News

  • Officers test mettle on Police Fitness course

    More than 50 teams gathered this past weekend to compete in a challenging 3-mile Police Fitness Challenge obstacle course to honor the legacy of Deputy Curtis Bartlett.

    Competitors from local and surrounding law enforcement agencies were put to the test Oct. 6 during the morning challenge, while maneuvering over 30 obstacles throughout a rugged mountainous and wooded terrain on the Bartlett farm in Fairview.

  • 'Veterans Memorial Highway' to be dedicated

    A combined effort across three counties has finally allowed one man’s dream to become a reality.

    Carroll, Wythe and Bland counties will participate in an Oct. 20 dedication and celebration of the Veteran’s Memorial Highway, which will become the new name of the well-known U.S. Route 52.

  • Plans for training center property

    Local leaders are making plans to utilize the now-vacant property in Carroll County once occupied by the Southwestern Virginia Training Center.

    The state-run residential mental health facility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ceased operation Aug. 21 after more than 40 years and the last residents was moved out about a week later.

    The residents have found new homes in the community, but the future of the site is in question.

  • 9th District candidates to hold 3 debates

    Staff Report

    Candidates for the 9th Congressional District in U.S. Congress will participate in three televised debates in October.

    Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Morgan Griffith, a Republican, for the seat in the Nov. 6 election.

    The debates include:

    • Oct. 15, 7-8 p.m., Bluefield College. WVVA TV will broadcast live.

  • Citizen recognized for river rescue

    Staff Report

    Two people swept into the New River during recent flooding were rescued thanks to a brave citizen, according to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The sheriff recently commended Jered Kinser of Galax for his quick action.

    On Sept 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Vaughan said he was traveling east on Riverside Drive near the Tyson Leonard Farm, which is adjacent to the New River.

  • Tide pulls away from Fort

    MAX MEADOWS – Blake Brown accounted for 98 yards and four touchdowns as the Galax Maroon Tide defeated Fort Chiswell, 38-13 last Friday night in a Mountain Empire District game.

    Brown, although heavily guarded by the Pioneers, carried the ball 18 times and scored the first and last touchdowns for the Maroon Tide.

    The Galax defense, always on the alert for a loose ball, had plenty of action against the Pioneers, who fumbled the ball three times and lost them all to go with one pass interception.

  • Devils turn it around

    INDEPENDENCE –– An age-old question was not answered at halftime Friday night in the locker rooms outside of Bill Strong Field. It probably never will be. Nobody will ever figure out the thinking of the average 15- to 17-year-old high school kid. But whatever that mindset may happen to be, it apparently can be flipped like a light switch.

  • Readers Hotline 10/8/18

    Shut down
    I would like for all the people that were involved in closing the Lord’s Acre sale to think about all the hard work the people had done all summer long and lost a lot of stuff. Just remember, when you take God out of something, something bad will be happening to you.
    Editor’s note: The annual harvest sale, which benefits local churches, was cancelled last month because of concerns about the condition of Felts Park, after recent heavy rains.


  • W.Va. pilot dies in Carroll plane crash

    FANCY GAP — An investigation is pending following a fatal plane crash that occurred early Sunday in Carroll County.

    Virginia State Police was alerted to a missing aircraft that was suspected of crashing during a round-trip flight from a private airstrip in Fayetteville W.Va. to Elkin, N.C., and back.

  • Clark looks back on law enforcement career

    After 42 years in law enforcement, 16 of them as the Galax Chief of Police, city native Rick Clark has finally chosen to retire.

    Chief DeWitt Cooper took his place in September, but Clark, while preparing to exit, took a few minutes to reflect on his career one last time.