Today's News

  • Cavalier golfers finish fifth, sixth

    HILLSVILLE -- The Carroll County Cavaliers played in two Three Rivers District golf matches last week, finishing fifth in a seven-team match at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club last Thursday and sixth in a seven-team played Tuesday at the Pete Dye River Course in Radford.

    Radford claimed first place in last Thursday’s match that was cut to nine holes because of bad weather. The Bobcats edged Floyd County by one stroke with a team score of 154 to 155.

  • Grayson rounds out preseason work

    INDEPENDENCE –– Hoping to see his team build on an earlier positive showing in a scrimmage with Radford, Grayson County coach Brett McPherson was left scratching his head after the Blue Devils hosted Narrows for each team’s final preseason tune-up Thursday at Bill Strong Field.

  • JVs preserve 7-0 Galax win

    FLOYD –– Galax and Floyd County showcased Friday night what each hoped would be a winning varsity football team. But amid all the buzz surrounding things like returning starters, breakout seasons, Friday night hype and the like, the outcome hinged on the play of the junior varsity.

    Galax’s big boys managed to take a slim 7-0 lead before both teams turned the field over to the younger guys in the third quarter. A goal line stand by the Maroon Tide’s JVs made that one early touchdown stand up for a benefit game win at Floyd County High School.

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  • Va.'s First Lady visits local schools

    During her second annual back to school tour, Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam visited early childhood education programs and elementary schools in each of the commonwealth’s eight regions, highlighting the important of school readiness.

    Independence Elementary in Grayson County and St. Paul in Carroll County were the two local schools on the tour, and Northam stopped by last Wednesday for a visit.

  • Foundation grant pays for playground upgrade

    The new playground equipment for the Galax Recreation Center’s outdoor playground at Felts Park recently received an official ribbon cutting.

    Members of the Galax City Council, the rec center staff and the Twin County Community Foundation (TCCF) were on hand for the brief ceremony.

    The equipment was purchased with a $20,000 TCCF grant, which the city applied for in the 2018 grant cycle; Galax also saved itself an $11,000 installation fee by doing the job with city employees.

  • Project would get runners on track


    INDEPENDENCE – A big problem for track and cross country teams in Grayson County for many years is that there is no track.

    Grayson Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore is working to remedy the problem.

    He reported to the Grayson County School Board at its Aug. 12 meeting that he was still working with architects to come up with a suitable site plan somewhere in the county’s recreation park and surrounding area.

  • Parkway tourism brings in $1 billion

    Tourism to the Blue Ridge Parkway created more than 1 billion in economic benefits to communities along its 469-mile route.

    Communities along and adjacent to the national park — including Galax, Carroll and Grayson — saw increased spending in 2018, according to a new report released by the National Park Service (NPS)

  • Gun owners must push for sensible regulations

    Stephen Nash is a visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, and the author of the book “Virginia Climate Fever,” published by the University of Virginia Press.

    Listen up, Galax area gun owners, especially if you’re a Republican.

    Each of us has powerful leverage to affect legislation in Virginia right now. It only takes a few keyboard clicks and quick voicemails.

  • Carroll Fair continues this weekend

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Agricultural Fair continues this weekend, with homemade crafts and home-canned food, livestock shows, farm equipment on display, midway games, live music, wrestling and carnival rides

    The fair runs through Aug. 25 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market in Hillsville. Each day, there are exhibits in the Exhibit Hall, an FFA Barnyard near the Livestock Show Tent and demonstrations located throughout the fairgrounds.

    This weekend’s events include:

    Friday, 5–11 p.m.