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Today's News

  • Hospital helps navigate new healthcare marketplace

    Despite the ongoing battle that has resulted in a deadlock between Congress and President Obama, the next phase of the Affordable Care Act — the new federal health insurance marketplace — entered its third day of open enrollment on Thursday.
    Because of the ongoing controversy and media coverage, the health care law often referred to as  “Obamacare” is known by almost everyone. But even for those who have followed the new law’s progress over the past three years, the rules might still seem pretty confusing.

  • Galax tops tourism spending growth list

    Southwest Virginia reached a milestone in tourism last year, and the numbers confirm that the City of Galax made the top of the list for bringing in more visitors from around the world.
    Traveler spending in Galax increased 71 percent between 2004 and 2012.
    Last year, the Southwest Virginia region generated more than $927 million in travel expenditures, according to an announcement made at the 2013 Southwest Virginia Creative Economy Conference on Sept. 20.

  • Chorus brings singers together in harmony

    The Twin County Chorus held its first concert at Carroll County High School on Sept. 20.
    The new singing group, made up of students from Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County, will be hosting a series of concerts around the localities.

  • Airport adds new manager as terminal work begins

    HILLSVILLE — A retired Air Force mechanic, flight engineer and non-commissioned officer will guide the direction of the Twin County Airport in the future.
    Scott Stansfield has taken on the mission to help the airport become more of a hub of activity and community asset.
    The airport has been making progress in updating its facilities, as shown by the ground-breaking for a modern terminal to replace the one built in the 1960s. Ground was broken the day after Stansfield assumed his duties as manager.

  • Teams vie for potty race throne this weekend

    INDEPENDENCE — Planning is underway and registration is open for one of the most unique events in Grayson County, perhaps even in the country — the 31st Annual Mountain Foliage Festival and Grand Privy Race.

  • Readers' Hotline 10/7/13

    Nonchalant
    September has come and gone and Carroll County has still not kept its promise to publish the list of delinquent taxpayers in the county, some of which date back 20 years. It is almost tax time again and some of us are thinking seriously about not paying ours. In Carroll County you don’t have to worry about a tax collector.

    Sock it away

  • Maroon Tide boys place fifth in division at Richmond event

    RICHMOND –– Galax’s cross country team doesn’t mind covering a lot of ground by bus in order to cover a little ground by foot.

    In the middle of a stretch of events that sees the Maroon Tide run in Cary, N.C., Richmond and Charlotte, Galax’s boys placed fifth in their division at the Maymont Cross Country Festival at Maymont Park.

    The Maroon Tide’s Cliff Conley and Dustin Matthews both hustled their way to top-10 places and four runners posted finishes among the first 36 in the field of 138 runners.

  • Cavs make quick work of Cougars

    HILLSVILLE –– On a night when everybody was thinking pink, Carroll County was also thinking ‘win.’

    The Cavaliers and Pulaski County promoted breast cancer awareness with their Dig Pink Night, and Carroll came away with the River Ridge District win, pulling away from a tight battle in the first set and taking a 25-18, 25-19, 25-14 win over the Cougars.

    The Cavaliers improved to 9-6 overall, 2-3 in the River Ridge, while Pulaski County dropped to 1-10, 0-5.

  • Grayson knocks off Generals

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County played the role of the underdog prior to taking on the Lee High Generals last Friday night in their annual homecoming game.

    But when the dust cleared, the Blue Devils had pounded the Generals 42-20 in a nondistrict clash.

    The Blue Devils were impressive on both sides of the ball, the offense moved the ball up and down the field at will and the defense snuffed out several drives by the Generals.

    The Blue Devils scored off the opening kickoff.

  • Blue Devils, Maroon Tide take easy district wins

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County upped its season record to 11-2 and remained perfect in Mountain Empire District play after taking a 25-12, 25-5, 25-13 win over Graham on Thursday.

    The Blue Devils, now 5-0 in the MED, got 23 assists and seven kills from Taylor Cannaday and 13 kills from Camryn McGrady in the easy win. Emily Lindsey fired eight aces for the Blue Devils.