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Today's News

  • Candidates compete for seat in Laurel Fork

    HILLSVILLE — While the challenger for Hillsville Town Council believes that the Laurel Fork ward needs a new voice, the incumbent says he has the experience to do the job.
    Both newcomer Nancy Beasley and incumbent Greg Yonce will appear on the ballot for the Laurel Fork ward seat in the May 6 municipal elections.

    Nancy Beasley
    “I truly believe the Laurel Fork district needs a new voice,” Beasley said in a written statement in response to candidate questions from The Gazette.

  • Garner seeks re-election to city council

    Five candidates will compete for four seats on the Galax City Council this year, and included in the mix will be veteran council member John Garner.
    Garner has served for two terms on city council, and is hoping that this year will mark the start of his third.

  • School calendar changes, but not 'year-round'

    Students in Galax won’t be going to class year-round, but educators have spent nearly all this school year developing a new schedule.
    After months of discussions, research and drafted proposals, the Galax City School Board has approved a final calendar proposal for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Stormwater fee no longer part of city's budget plan

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker is confident that the 2014-2015 city budget will allow the city to move forward with a number of projects next fiscal year, without placing the burden of added fees or raised taxes on the community.
    A notable example in this year’s budget was the city stormwater program.
    The state-mandated program was introduced last year, and city officials believed the only way to pay for work to address these flooding and run-off problems was to charge citizens a stormwater fee.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/16/14

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  • Melando, Halsey to marry

    Brandan Halsey and Rachel Melando, along with their parents, announce their engagement.
    Halsey is the son of Lois and Bill Patterson of Wytheville, and Emerson and Sharon Halsey of Independence.

    Melando is the daughter of Rick and Margaret Melando of Charlotte, N.C.
    A July 12 wedding is planned in Richmond.

  • Public record for 4/16/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in December of 2013 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Strong start lifts Highlanders over Devils

    SALEM –– Glenvar did all of its scoring in the bottom of the first inning and it was barely enough to edge Grayson County 3-2 Monday afternoon in a rematch of last year’s Region C Division 2 title game.

    The Highlanders (5-2) took a 3-0 lead on the strength of Tyler DeHart’s two-run single, then turned the lead over to Zach Duncan, who held the Blue Devils scoreless until the sixth.

  • Tide fades, Devils pass Glenvar

    Galax got off to a hot start but squandered its advantage with some shaky defense and dropped a 19-6 decision to Chilhowie in a soggy nondistrict game Monday at Mountain View Park.

    Kylee Hill scored from first on a hit-and-run double off the bat of Brittany Byrd for a 1-0 Galax lead in the first, and the Maroon Tide widened its lead to 3-0 in the second when Abby Dalton singled to drive in Morgan Neff and later scored on an error.

    Chilhowie drew even in the top of the third on a combination of three Galax errors and a two-run home run by Jensen Sturgill.

  • Maroon Tide boys knock off G-Men, Buffaloes

    The Galax boys’ soccer team remained undefeated for the year after a pair of late-week victories, edging Graham 2-1 on Thursday and taking a 2-0 nonconference decision Friday from Floyd County, with both games played at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide (7-0-1) trailed early after a beautiful play by Graham in the seventh minute. A Sam Stowers corner kick from the left sailed well past the goal but Will Olive headed the ball back and just inside the left post for a 1-0 G-Men lead.