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Today's News

  • Maroon Tide advances out of conference

    BRISTOL –– Galax advanced both its boys’ and girls’ swim teams to the regionals after a strong showing Tuesday at a combined conference meet at Virginia High.

    The Maroon Tide, in its first year of competition, placed fourth in the combined team scoring with 219 points, just behind George Wythe’s 222.

  • Conley goes off, Lindsey hits a grand in Galax sweep

     NARROWS –– Clif Conley pumped in 30 points by halftime as Galax handled Narrows 66-34 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Friday night.

    Conley poured in eight 3-pointers in his huge first half and finished with 32 as Galax improved to 13-6, 8-0 by taking a 31-10 first-quarter lead.

    Dominic DiGiacomo scored 15 for Galax while no Narrows player reached double figures.

     

    Galax...........31  18  9    8––66

  • Cavaliers split with Titans

    HILLSVILLE – Evidently Hidden Valley came to Hillsville looking for revenge last Friday night after the Cavaliers beat the Titans on Wednesday night for their first River Ridge District victory of the season.

    After playing the Titans tough in the first half, the Cavaliers had trouble scoring in the second half and lost 60-45 to the visitors.

    The game was close throughout the first period with the Cavaliers taking an early five point lead at 7-2 after a 3-pointer by Winston Giles.

  • Grayson muscles past Graham

    INDEPENDENCE –– Facing a Graham team that had advanced to the first week of February without suffering a loss in Mountain Empire District play, Grayson County’s girls probably expected a battle. The Blue Devils’ 17-point win should surely make convalescing from all the bumps, bruises and general soreness a lot easier to handle.

  • Car runs into nursing home

    UPDATED:

    A 2002 Subaru Forester driven by Lona Lineberry crashed into a brick retaining wall at Waddell Nursing & Rehab Center’s Painter Street entrance at 9:20 a.m. on Feb. 6, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    Lineberry, while traveling south on Painter Street, attempted to pull into a parking space, said Cox, when she hit the wall. Cox said that she told police she had been having some difficulty with the vehicle’s brakes.

    Estimated damage to the wall was $5,000 and to the vehicle was $2,000, Cox said.

  • TeamHealth to manage hospital's ER

    Twin County Regional Hospital announced a new partnership related to its emergency department that was effective Feb. 1.

    The hospital said it is committed to exceptional medical care by partnering with TeamHealth, one of the nation’s leading providers of emergency department staffing and management services.

    TeamHealth will manage a core group of community-based emergency physicians for the department. Patients will be treated by high-quality emergency care providers while benefiting from programs and services offered by TeamHealth.

  • ANTHEM DATA BREACH: What you need to know

    Tens of millions of Americans could be victims of the latest corporate data breach, this one at Anthem Insurance. Unknown hackers apparently stole personal identifying information from current and former Anthem customers, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other information that can be used for identity theft.

    Anthem has set up a separate website with information on the breach, but the Better Business Bureau recommends that consumers always go to a company’s main website first and follow links from there.

  • Grayson near top in job creation for 2014

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County finished second in job creation per capita for calendar year 2014 out of all 95 counties and 36 independent cities in Virginia.

    That’s according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Announcements of Employment Creation and Capital Investment’s 2014 End of Year Report released last month.

    Leading the commonwealth in 2014 and finishing just slightly ahead of Grayson County was Appomattox County.

  • Bill targets civil forfeitures that fund police

    RICHMOND — A bill moving through the General Assembly could eliminate a legal process that brings in millions of dollars for law enforcement agencies, but which critics say allows the government to confiscate property unfairly.

    HB 1287, sponsored by Del. Mark Cole (R-Spotsylvania), would end civil asset forfeitures — state legal proceedings that allow police to keep property seized from criminal suspects. The process rankles civil liberties advocates because such seizures can occur without a criminal conviction.

  • State taking crimes against animals seriously

    Last week, The Gazette published yet another heartbreaking story from someone whose family pet fell prey to an unknown suspect who thought nothing about bringing harm to another living being.

    Daisy Mae, a boxer/lab mix, was on her owners’ property while they were at work when someone came into the yard, aimed a gun at her heart and pulled the trigger, killing her.