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Today's News

  • Fire victims' names released

    A 4-year-old child, her mother and father were found dead inside their mobile home the morning of Jan. 12 after it caught fire.

    Larry Stephen Lafferty, 39; Amy Stoneman, 28; and their 4-year-old daughter Deanna Lafferty were all found deceased at the scene.

    A state police arson investigator was called in to examine the scene and determine the cause, but Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he does not suspect foul play.

    Lafferty's aunt, Linda Maddox, and brother Scott spoke briefly with The Gazette on Monday afternoon.

  • Grayson considers 3 school water options

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson has three options for getting water to the new school being built in the Western end of the county.

    Kevin Heath of Adams-Heath Engineering Inc. in Galax provided the board of supervisors with their options during a meeting Jan. 8.

    The first option is to simply run the line from the Town of Troutdale along Virginia 16 to the school.

    Heath said this option would provide a domestic and fire water line to the school, as well as 40 potential customers along the way.

  • Scholarship honors departing superintendent

    Galax City Council has set up a scholarship through the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education to honor former Schools Superintendent Sam Cook, who retired in December.

    The city has pledged up to $2,500 to match private donations raised throughout the community to fund a scholarship for a deserving Galax High School senior in Cook's name.

  • Judge resigns after arrests

    RICHMOND — A judge who found himself on the wrong side of the law twice in 2008 resigned at the end of the year.

    Michael Keith Blankenship had been serving as a juvenile and domestic relations court judge in the 27th Judicial District — which includes Carroll, Grayson and Galax — when he was charged with misdemeanor crimes after two separate motor vehicle incidents last year.

  • Tide battles, Cavs prevail

    HILLSVILLE –– Some came hoping to see an upset. Others may have come looking for a blowout. Everyone went home having witnessed a very good, entertaining basketball game.

    Galax overcame a sluggish start, rallied into the lead before halftime and trailed by just five points with less than four minutes to go before Carroll County pulled away for a 54-44 nondistrict win in a girls’ game Wednesday night.

  • Second-half surge leads Grayson past Carroll

    INDEPENDENCE –– Tied at halftime, Grayson County outscored Carroll County 44-25 in the second half to take a 69-50 nondistrict boys’ win Tuesday.

    The Blue Devils (8-4) were led by Eric Harvey’s 16 points. Steven Eller scored 15, Bubba Bowen added 10 and Preston Bowen chipped in with eight points, 10 rebounds and six steals.

    Tyler Reavis hit four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points for the Cavaliers (2-10).

    Carroll County 11 14 9 16––50

    Grayson County 12 13 18 26––69

  • Maroon Tide pulls away for win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax and Grayson County entered Mountain Empire District play Friday as the two winningest teams in the league through the nondistrict portion of their schedules. The gap between No. 1 and No. 2 may not be as great as many might have believed.

    Before a standing-room-only horde at Grayson County Middle School, the Maroon Tide and the Blue Devils entered the fourth quarter on even terms before Galax pulled away for a 66-59 win, taking a big first step in MED play.

  • Galax opens MED slate with big win

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s only one game deep into what is a very balanced, very competitive Mountain Empire District race, but for now, Galax is sitting on the top looking down.

    The Maroon Tide took a good first step in district play, opening up with a 55-27 win Friday night over Grayson County to take an early lead in the MED standings. Galax improved to 5-6 overall, 1-0 in the league, while Grayson County dropped to 1-12, 0-1.

  • Bulldogs bite Cavaliers 79-61

    HILLSVILLE – A game that started out with so much promise turned out to be another tough loss for the Carroll County varsity boys Friday night.

    The Cavaliers (2-11 overall, 1-3 district) entered the game having lost eight of their last nine games, and Friday ended no different as Tazewell (4-6, 2-1) came in and dominated them on their home court, taking a 79-61 Southwest District win.

    The Cavs began the game strong, scoring 11 of the game’s first 14 points.

  • Lady Cavs hold on for 49-46 win

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County remained undefeated and number one in the district following a 49-46 girls’ win over Tazewell Friday night.

    It wasn’t easy for the Cavaliers (6-5 overall, 4-0 district), though, having to hold off a stubborn Bulldog (2-7, 1-3) team looking for only its third win in the last seven games.

    The Cavs opened the game up on a mission to put the Lady Dogs away early, outscoring them 16-7 in the first eight minutes.