Today's News

  • Kemp to run for sheriff in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Kevin Kemp, a Carroll native and community leader in the county, has announced he is seeking the nomination as candidate for sheriff in the upcoming Republican primary.

    If nominated, Kemp would run in the November general election.

    Kemp will have 21 full-time years of experience working in law enforcement in April, and has served with both the Hillsville Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, where he currently serves as a corporal. He also serves as the Carroll County High School resource officer.

  • Grayson teachers request raises


    INDEPENDENCE – Debby Greif, president of the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA), asked for salary increases for teachers during a budget presentation at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

    In her report, Greif discussed things the GCEA would like included in the 2019-2020 school budget.

    The main points the GCEA would like to see included in the budget are:

    • All teachers’ salaries adjusted to match their experience level;

  • Parkway catching up on maintenance after shutdown ends

    Staff Report

    With the federal government shutdown over (at least temporarily) the Blue Ridge Parkway resumed regular winter operations on Monday.

    The National Park Service, which operates the Parkway, reminds visitors to remain patient as staff members assess road conditions on sections that remain closed due to debris and winter weather conditions.

  • Maroon Tide splits with Bears

    ROCKY GAP – Shea Foxx scored 25 points to lead the Galax Maroon Tide to a hard-fought 57-38 victory over Bland County in a Mountain Empire District game last Friday night.

    Foxx also played a strong game on defense, converting several steals and forcing the Bears into numerous turnovers.

    The Tide (15-3, 8-1 MED), is the first place team in the MED.

  • Devils cold in Wythe sweep

    INDEPENDENCE –– Neither Grayson County’s girls’ nor its boys’ basketball team could quite find the range offensively Friday night as both Blue Devil squads endured lengthy scoring droughts and fell to George Wythe in a Mountain Empire District double header.

    The Maroons stayed one game behind Galax in the MED standings with a 35-17 win in the girls’ game, and the George Wythe boys maintained their share of the league lead by taking a 58-29 win in the nightcap.

  • Readers Hotline 1/28/19

    Wall call
    I see where a lady wrote in about the border wall would do more harm than good. She apparently don’t know anything about a border wall, because the Chinese wall and the German walls did help to hold back their enemies while they fought. Anybody that put that in there has not watched nothing but fake news, they don’t know how the wall is even built, so they shouldn’t put things in there like that, because she don’t know anything about anything like that. Just what she’s seen on TV. That’s my opinion.

  • City tackling GES traffic backups

    The Galax Traffic Safety Committee has offered solutions that may help ease traffic issues on South Main Street near Galax Elementary School during student pickup hours, according to Police Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    Cooper, who is on the committee, presented these solutions to Galax City Council at its Jan. 14 meeting.

  • Dumpling finds a home

    Dumpling, the feral fowl that lived in the wooded area next to Long John Silver’s of Galax and enjoyed dining on their corn and hushpuppies, now dines off a menu of berries and other treats at her new home.

    Heather Nichols of Woodlawn has adopted the chicken, who she says is adjusting well to a life of (very pampered) captivity.

    According to Nichols, she saw a post in a local Facebook message group that said someone needed to come get Dumpling, as the chicken was named by the fast food workers who temporarily adopted her.

  • Supervisors question firearms purchase

    INDEPENDENCE — A request from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to approve the replacement and sale of duty weapons was approved by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during their January meeting.

    The board approved the action item after tabling the request in December; citing questions about the timing of the request, and how often weapons should be replaced. Sheriff Richard Vaughan attended the board’s January meeting to address the board.

  • Carroll clamps down on Knights in 48-8 blowout

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County nearly pitched a shutout in three of the four quarters and annihilated James River 48-8 in a Three Rivers District girls’ game Tuesday.

    The Cavaliers, who improved to 7-0 in the district (9-6 overall) with the win, limited the Knights (2-9, 0-5) to one field goal in the first quarter and a single free throw in each the second and third periods. Carroll led 45-4 after three quarters of play.

    Ten players got into the scoring column for the Cavaliers, led by Madi Dalton with 16 points.