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Today's News

  • Cana house fire investigated

    CANA — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police investigated a structure fire in Cana on Tuesday.

    The fire, at 11:05 a.m. on Brushy Fork Road, destroyed a trailer but left no injuries or casualties, according to Cana Fire Capt. Matthew Fink.

    “No one was living there that we know of, because there was no power to the house,” said Fink.

    The trailer was completely destroyed by the time the Cana Volunteer Fire Department was able to put out the fire.

    Carroll Fire and Rescue assisted.

  • Shock and awe

    Seven Galax players combined for eight first-half touchdowns Friday and the Maroon Tide raced past Rural Retreat 63-7 in a Mountain Empire District game at Galax High School.

    Galax, winner of three straight games, built a halftime lead of seven touchdowns or more for the second week in a row, winning for the third straight week after an opening-night loss to Glenvar.

    The Maroon Tide (3-1 overall, 1-0 MED) scored three rushing touchdowns, three passing touchdowns and two TDs on returns, all in the first half, scoring four times in each of the first two quarters.

  • Third-quarter profits

    INDEPENDENCE –– Every week, nearly every football team everywhere claims the fourth quarter as “ours.” Friday night at Bill Strong Field, Glenvar laid indisputable claim to the oft-overlooked third.

  • Readers Hotline 9/18/17

    Keep it simple

  • Reflecting on violence in Charlottesville

    By Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Independence

    It came as no surprise to me that clashes between white separatists and those offended by their ideologies [on Aug. 12] resulted in violence, including the death of one counter-protestor. I am also aware of the two police deaths associated with the helicopter crash. All three of these deaths were unnecessary and a most unfortunate side effect of our collective failure to recognize our common humanity.

  • Readers Hotline 9/13/17

    Suspended
    My comment is about Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He was suspended six games from the start of this season for alleged domestic violence. Where’s Black Lives Matter and all these other groups to come protest at the Cowboys’ facility about a domestic violence case? Why are the media not putting this on the front page?

  • Carroll could combine Oakland voting precincts

    HILLSVILLE — When Dennie Shockley, chairman of the Carroll County Electoral Board, spoke to Carroll County supervisors on Monday, he noted that the agency is usually there to ask for money.

    Instead, Shockley said he was there to save the county money.

    The board, which oversees all elections in the county, had a proposal to combine two voting precincts at Oakland Elementary School, created due to a previous realignment of districts.

  • School officials address football field questions

    After a city council member raised questions about the need for a new artificial turf football field at Galax High School, given the $879,000 cost, school officials decided to address the issue directly in an interview with The Gazette.

    “I think it’s time we attempt to answer the football field [question], but in the attempt, we’re going to answer some other things,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The field is already completed and was dedicated last month.

  • GHS launches $650K campaign for fitness center

    Good things came from the life of Curtis Bartlett.

  • Brothers celebrate birthdays

    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his fifth birthday on Aug. 8, 2017, and his brother Luke Ryan Spurlin celebrated his third birthday on Aug. 29, 2017.

    They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham. Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.