Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 1/28/19

    Wall call
    I see where a lady wrote in about the border wall would do more harm than good. She apparently don’t know anything about a border wall, because the Chinese wall and the German walls did help to hold back their enemies while they fought. Anybody that put that in there has not watched nothing but fake news, they don’t know how the wall is even built, so they shouldn’t put things in there like that, because she don’t know anything about anything like that. Just what she’s seen on TV. That’s my opinion.

  • City tackling GES traffic backups

    The Galax Traffic Safety Committee has offered solutions that may help ease traffic issues on South Main Street near Galax Elementary School during student pickup hours, according to Police Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    Cooper, who is on the committee, presented these solutions to Galax City Council at its Jan. 14 meeting.

  • Dumpling finds a home

    Dumpling, the feral fowl that lived in the wooded area next to Long John Silver’s of Galax and enjoyed dining on their corn and hushpuppies, now dines off a menu of berries and other treats at her new home.

    Heather Nichols of Woodlawn has adopted the chicken, who she says is adjusting well to a life of (very pampered) captivity.

    According to Nichols, she saw a post in a local Facebook message group that said someone needed to come get Dumpling, as the chicken was named by the fast food workers who temporarily adopted her.

  • Supervisors question firearms purchase

    INDEPENDENCE — A request from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to approve the replacement and sale of duty weapons was approved by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during their January meeting.

    The board approved the action item after tabling the request in December; citing questions about the timing of the request, and how often weapons should be replaced. Sheriff Richard Vaughan attended the board’s January meeting to address the board.

  • Carroll clamps down on Knights in 48-8 blowout

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County nearly pitched a shutout in three of the four quarters and annihilated James River 48-8 in a Three Rivers District girls’ game Tuesday.

    The Cavaliers, who improved to 7-0 in the district (9-6 overall) with the win, limited the Knights (2-9, 0-5) to one field goal in the first quarter and a single free throw in each the second and third periods. Carroll led 45-4 after three quarters of play.

    Ten players got into the scoring column for the Cavaliers, led by Madi Dalton with 16 points.


  • Tide survives Devil upset bid

    Grayson County and Galax are on opposite ends of the spectrum in the MED standings, but most of the night Tuesday the two teams were on equal footing.

    The Blue Devils, who have been competitive nearly every night but with just two wins to show for it, led the league-leading Maroon Tide with less than five minutes to play Tuesday before a strong finish gave Galax a 42-38 Mountain Empire District win.

  • Grayson slips past Galax

    Halftime was the best thing that could have happened to Galax. Overtime worked out pretty well for Grayson County.

    In danger of being blown out of the gym Tuesday, Galax was granted a reprieve by the halftime horn and roared back to life in the second half, but Grayson County was able to regain control early in overtime to secure a 57-55 Mountain Empire District win.

  • Mail truck flips over after collision

    WOODLAWN — A motor vehicle incident involving a U.S. Postal Service Truck is under investigation by the Virginia State Police, after a collision flipped the vehicle onto its top.

    First responders were dispatched Tuesday to the scene of a crash and discovered piles of mail along the highway and road shoulder, as well as a completely overturned USPS truck.

  • Shutdown puts work at Woodlawn on hold

    WOODLAWN – An economic development project in Carroll County has been put on hold due to the longest federal government shutdown in history, which is now entering its second month.

    Plans for the conversion of the former Woodlawn School into apartments called for the project to start this March, with a projected completion date in 2020.

  • Budget will include raises for teachers


    INDEPENDENCE – Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Jan. 14 meeting he was “working on numbers” to give teachers and service personnel a raise in the 2019-2020 school budget.

    Wilmore said that Gov. Ralph Northam supported increased wages for teachers and has included a five percent increase in his budget.

    “The governor has promised there will be more funds for teachers,” Wilmore said.