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Today's News

  • Donithan heads back to Philippines

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Missionary Doug Donithan scrolled through the collection of photos that he’s taken over the years in Tacloban, his home city in the Philippines where he has served for over 20 years.
    Photos flashed across the screen of smiling children playing in and around modest but immaculately tidy homes; quaint street markets filled with busy customers; worship sessions in two different rental buildings that served the group as churches; and fisherman launching their boats into the crystal clear water.

  • Local Red Cross aiding Philippines

    The American Red Cross has dispatched telecommunications specialists with satellite equipment to the Philippines to help restore the connections from the island chain to the rest of the world after Super Typhoon Haiyan caused massive devastation there Nov. 8.

  • Beware of bears this fall

    The Galax Police Department has issued a safety advisory after hearing multiple reports of bear sightings in the city during the fall season.
    Police received another report the afternoon of Oct. 25, after a citizen spotted a black bear prowling around First Citizens Bank on Cranberry Road in Galax. Further sightings pinpointed the animal heading in the direction of Walmart minutes later.

  • Tide comes alive, edges Radford

    Having seen enough midway through a lackluster first set in the Region 1A West volleyball quarterfinals Monday, the normally mild-mannered and gentlemanly Yerrick Stoneman slammed his Coke bottle to the hardwood and, while its contents were still airborne, sharply recommended that his players wake up.

    Sadly, the Galax coach’s pop bottle did not bounce back. But his team did.

  • Six state champions from 192 hopefuls, starting tonight

    Here we go.

    After four weeks of preseason workouts, 11 Fridays, innumerable highs, lows and in-betweens, we finally get down to the nitty-gritty of the high school football season in Virginia, the playoffs.

    Far more inclusive than even just a couple of years ago, the postseason will begin to whittle away the pretenders from the contenders in five weeks of eliminations culminating in the crowning of state champions in six divisions on Dec. 14.

  • THE FRIDAY PRIMER - playoff edition

    REGION 1A WEST

    #9 Galax (6-4)

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    #8 George Wythe (6-4)

     

    Through the final month of the regular season, two big questions hovered over the Galax program. Following a 49-28 loss to Fort Chiswell that dropped the Maroon Tide into a tie for 19th in the Region 1A West ratings, the question was, could Galax rebound from a three-game losing streak and gain enough points to reach the playoffs?

  • Carroll, Grayson fall in quarterfinals

     Carroll County and Grayson County each saw its volleyball season come to a close with region quarterfinal losses Wednesday.

    In the Region 4A North quarterfinals in Palmyra, Carroll County and Fluvanna County were knotted at one set apiece but the Flying Flucos swept the final two sets, taking a 30-28, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19 win over the Cavaliers (17-13).

    Eustacia Smith had a big night at the net with 20 kills and also fired three aces, while Jessica Sheek contributed six kills.

  • On to state for Maroon Tide

    BRISTOL –– Eastside volleyball coach Brianne Casteele commented after the Region 1A West semifinals that the close losses are the ones that players remember the most. It’s a safe bet that Wednesday’s second semifinal match at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den will be among the longest-lasting of memories for the victors, too.

    Galax and Eastside traded blows for four games and 28 points before the Maroon Tide won the final two, earning the 25-15, 16-25, 25-16, 17-25, 16-14 victory and a spot in next week’s Group 1A final four in Richmond.

  • Suspect wanted for forgery

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is looking for a suspect wanted for 11 counts of felony forgery and uttering.

    Police describe suspect Brandon David Viers as 5' 10" tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

    He is believed to be in the Pulaski or Dublin area.

    Contact Investigator Alan Gravley with any information at (276) 728-2251.

  • Grant pays for new police vehicles

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for police vehicles.
    The $25,000 grant required a local match of $8,400, for a total of $33,400, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.