Today's News

  • Brothers celebrate birthdays





    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his sixth birthday on Aug. 8, 2018, and his brother, Luke Ryan Spurlin, celebrated his fourth birthday on Aug. 29, 2018. They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham. Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.

  • Beasley to serve 30 years

    HILLSVILLE – Many factors were taken into consideration during the sentencing of a man found guilty of attempted capital murder by the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

    Kevin Nelson Beasley, 28, of Austinville pleaded guilty on May 9 to attempted capital murder of a police officer, during a chaotic array of offenses that took place in September 2016.

    Beasley was involved in multiple offenses, including stealing two cars and leading officers on two separate police chases and a manhunt across three counties.

  • GHS principal glad to be back home

    Anyone visiting Galax High School may notice that there’s a new principal in charge.

    Marc Quesenberry, who graduated in the GHS Class of ’79, returned this semester to take over the helm.

    (He replaces Justin Iroler, who is now principal of Galax Middle School.)

    “I’m very excited to be here,” Quesenberry says, in his office for a brief stop. “Getting back in the maroon and white has been thrilling and rejuvenating for me.”

  • Galax police arrest 4

    Staff Reports

    Multiple drug charges and one instance of impersonating an officer were investigated last week by the Galax Police Department, according to Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    On Sept. 29, officers were dispatched to The Shoe Department in Galax. After arriving, Officer Sarah Patton was advised that a male had stolen some shoes, and had a female with him. A description of the vehicle they were riding in was given out to other officers working the area.

  • Judge approves 2019 Galax special election

    Galax’s request for a special election in November 2019 has been granted by a judge, city council members learned at their Sept. 10 meeting.

    The election is to fill the rest of former council member Ches Helmick’s term, which ends in 2022. Council appointed Beth C. White to fill the vacant seat until then, and is allowed to seek election to the seat is she chooses.

    Galax City Council also spent the meeting handling a variety of other matters.

    In other action, council:

  • Readers Hotline 10/3/18

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  • Blue Devils blast Bears

    INDEPENDENCE –– The Grayson County defensive unit continued to run over their opponents last Friday night as the Blue Devils polished off Mountain Empire District foe Bland County 28-0, their second shutout win in six games.

    The Bears came into the game with a respectable 2-2 record but the Blue Devil defense limited the Bears to only 35 total yards and three first downs. They failed to cross into Blue Devil territory the entire first period.

  • Cavs put in overtime to nip Buffaloes



    ROANOKE –– The Carroll County Cavaliers stole the ballgame on Friday night against the Floyd County Buffaloes after a fierce neck-and-neck battle into double overtime. The Cavs left the artificial surface of Bogle Stadium with this season’s bragging rights, 14-13, in a Three Rivers District thriller at Cave Spring High School.

  • “They’re elite.”

    Galax schedules tough, and it does so for a reason. This is a program that won a state championship after a 6-4 regular season three years ago.

    In Northside, the Maroon Tide scheduled an absolute beast.

    A disastrous first quarter proved too much for Galax to overcome against one of the top teams in the western half of the state Friday as Northside rolled to a 57-21 nondistrict win.

  • Carroll claws back, deals Bobcats first loss

    HILLSVILLE –– Somehow, they keep getting it done.

    Carroll County rallied time and time again Thursday night and finished with a bang, knocking Radford from the ranks of the undefeated with a 3-2 Three Rivers District win. The Cavaliers nudged the Bobcats from atop the TRD standings and took sole possession of that top spot with their 26-24, 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12 thriller.

    “This group fights,” Carroll County coach Cindy Edwards said. “They battle.”