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Today's News

  • GHS senior collects meds for El Salvador

    For her senior project, Galax High School student Bentley Cornett has enlisted the help of her youth group at Baywood Wesleyan Church to collect over-the-counter medication for patients in El Salvador.
    Cornett and her group, a pantomime team called “Silent Praise,” will perform skits at the high school on Nov. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. Medicine will be collected at the door for admission.

  • 'Ransomware' virus targeting businesses

    The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses and consumers of a new computer threat that steals information, encrypts the data, and then charges $300 in ransom for recovery of the files.
    The ransomware is called CryptoLocker, and is the latest attempt by scammers to hold consumer’s and businesses’ computer information hostage in order to make a quick buck.

  • Supervisors recognize outgoing treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors approved a resolution recognizing the service of retiring Treasurer Junior Young during their regular meeting on Nov. 14.
    The resolution recognized Young for his “exemplary service to Grayson County and the fine citizens herein.”
    It further stated that Young has served as Treasurer since 1979, for a total of 34 years. The board commended Young for his “lasting commitment and dedication to the county.”

  • Animal abuse leads to future violence

    Many of our readers have voiced their disturbance over an ongoing animal abuse investigation involving a cat that was found covered in duct tape, with a lit cigarette taped to its mouth.
    Since the report was made public, several volunteers have stepped forward to offer reward money for information that could help police find the suspect in this case.
    As of Friday, the reward total had reached $750.
    Some my have found humor in the plight of Tiger the cat, but animal abuse is a heinous act in itself, and should be taken very seriously.

  • Eagles down Tide for region

    BRISTOL –– The first two sets of Thursday’s Region 1A West volleyball finals should give Galax a boost of confidence as the Tide pursues its first state title in the sport. The final two sets should do the same for Auburn as it defends the crown it won a year ago.

    Galax jumped on Auburn for a one-set lead and flirted with putting the Eagles in a 2-0 hole before the reigning champs finished in dominant fashion, taking a 20-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-10 win at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

  • Giles ends Blue Devils’ season

    PEARISBURG –– Few things are more difficult to absorb than the final football game of a high school kid’s career, even when it happens on a perfect night.

    ‘Perfect’ was a long way off Friday night for Grayson County.

    On a rainy, cold evening that was just a good stiff breeze away from being miserable, top-seeded and undefeated Giles won its 11th straight game and ended the year of No. 16 Grayson County with a 42-12 decision a Spartans Stadium.

  • Galax ousts defending champ

    WYTHEVILLE – And then there were eight – and Galax is one of them.

    The ninth-seeded Maroon Tide (7-4) went on the road and took home a win in the opening round of the Region 1A West playoffs Friday night, beating defending Division 1 state champion George Wythe 51-20 at Pendleton Field

  • 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.