Today's News

  • Galax girls survive Green Wave

    Style points, fortunately, don’t matter.

    Galax survived one of its poorer shooting nights but was able to hang on to the top spot in the Mountain Empire District’s girls’ basketball standings, edging last-place Narrows 44-40 Friday.

    The Maroon Tide (12-3 overall, 5-0 MED) trailed by as many as five points in the third quarter and didn’t take the lead for good until Bailey Shumate hit two free throws for a 36-35 lead with 3:58 to play.

  • Sheriff's department makes arrests

    Officers with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office have made several arrests in the past three weeks, for drug offenses, a weapons charge and larceny.
    According to police reports, Richard Edward Newman, 41, and Christie Diane Glass, 32, of 309 Chestnut Lane in Fries, were arrested Jan. 4 after a search warrant was executed at their residence.
    Both Newman and Glass were charged with distribution of marijuana to a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • Brown sentenced on abduction charges

    Southwest Virginia Today © 2012
    Reprinted With Permission

    MARION — After a jury was seated in Smyth County Circuit Court late last Thursday morning for what was scheduled to be a two-day trial, Michael Ray Brown Jr., 38, of Galax took an Alford plea and was sentenced on two charges from 2011 in the abduction of Nathan Cord Combs, and two charges from 2008, Commonwealth's Attorney Roy Evans said.

  • TCRH, Duke LifePoint reach agreement

    The board of directors of Twin County Regional Healthcare and Duke LifePoint Healthcare announced Friday they have signed a new agreement to jointly own and operate TCRH and its affiliated assets.
    The transaction is expected to close within the next 60 to 90 days, subject to review by the Virginia Attorney General’s office.

  • School superintendent to retire


  • General Assembly News 1/23/12

    Cigarette, plastic bag bills fail

  • Readers' Hotline 1/23/12

    Just want to say what an awesome job the Galax High School cheerleaders did on their dance at the Galax-Grayson game. Great job to the captains Kristin McMickle and Ashley Nale for choreographing the dance. You put a lot of hard work in it and it showed. Every cheerleader did an amazing job. You all represent the school extremely well. We are so proud of you all.

    Arts leader

  • That’s 20 column inches down, 100 more to go

    And now for something completely inconsequential.

    Whether by coincidence or the fact that it was Martin Luther King Day, it was an extremely slow news day on Monday in the sports department. Neither Carroll County, Galax nor Grayson County had anything scheduled for Monday.

    Nobody brought in any pictures of a giant catfish, a 12-pointer or an AAU team. Not even a photo of a turnip that looks like Tim Tebow.

    There is still a page to fill, however. 

  • McKinney scores 22 as Galax downs Bland County

     BLAND –– Galax doubled up Bland County in the first half and coasted to a 69-47 win in a Mountain Empire District boys’ basketball game Tuesday.

    Devonte McKinney scored a game-high 22 points and Austin Pack added 16 for Galax (9-0 overall, 4-0 district), which led 40-20 at halftime. 

    Lawrence Parsons scored 13 points for Galax.

    Bland County (9-6, 1-3) was led by Asher Dillow with 21 points.


    Galax...................21  19  11  18––69

  • CC boys get it over with early

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County built a double-digit lead in the game’s first six minutes and whacked Marion 77-46 in a Southwest District boys’ game Tuesday.

    “I thought we played with more intensity that we did last week,” Cavalier coach Brad Hawks said of a two-game stretch in which his team escaped Abingdon by two points before falling in overtime to a Pulaski team it had earlier defeated by 18 points. “We did the little things and it paid off for us.”