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Today's News

  • Galax holds off Fort Chiswell

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax turned a three-point deficit into a three-point lead over Fort Chiswell early in the fourth quarter and came out on top 53-48 in a back-and-forth Mountain Empire District boys’ game Tuesday.

    Fort Chiswell led 46-45 just inside of six minutes to play and neither team scored for two minutes, until William Brown’s short jumper put Galax in front to stay.

  • Carroll County goes cold, suffers first River Ridge loss

     SALEM –– Carroll County never found the touch from the outside against Salem’s 2-3 zone and saw its six-game winning streak come to an end with a 33-25 loss to the Spartans in a River Ridge District game Friday.

    The Cavaliers (6-3 overall, 2-1 district) were just 2-of-19 from behind the 3-point line.

  • Salem surges past Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE – Salem fought off a fourth quarter rally last Friday night to claim a 54-45 River Ridge victory over Carroll County in a game played in Hillsville.

    Salem (3-8, 2-2 district) led 36-30 after the third period and extended it to 38-30 early in the fourth.

  • Grayson County girls win 10th

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax coach Yerrick Stoneman surmised that had his club hit a few more shots, he might have gotten Grayson County coach Tiny Funk a little worried.

    Funk didn’t need any help.

    “You know how rivalry games are,” Funk said after his Blue Devils pulled away from the Maroon Tide for a 47-30 Mountain Empire District win Friday. “Yerrick had his kids prepared and they did a good job defensively.”

  • Galax counters Devil defense

    INDEPENDENCE –– The game plan for Grayson County was a sound one. Galax’s was a successful one.

    Countering a gimmick defense with pressure and an emphasis on post scoring, the Maroon Tide was able to pull away from the Blue Devils and notch a 63-46 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday night.

  • Readers Hotline 1/12/15

    Courting on the bus
    There seems to be some people who ride the transit all day long. Looks like they would have to pay 50 cents for every loop they ride, but they don’t. One person talks so loud. Another one does her courting all day long. I think District III needs to look in to this.

    Speechless

  • 2014 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    Looking back, 2014 was full of things we’d love to forget — ice bucket challenges, “Let It Go,” Kim Kardashian’s butt, rioting, Ebola and shirtless Vladimir Putin.

    Other low points: Kim Jong Un tried to keep a movie out of theaters and local officials wanted The Gazette to put an end to the Readers’ Hotline.

    Neither plan worked.

  • A Citizen's Guide to the General Assembly

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the Internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which runs from Jan. 14 through Feb. 28.

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • New date set for Reeves' murder trial

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Once again, a new trial date has been granted for Chad Allen Reeves of Galax.

    Reeves, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brandon Billings almost 13 years ago.

    Jonathon Venzie, Reeves’ attorney, requested a new trial date in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Circuit Court Judge Bradley Finch agreed to Venzie’s request and set the new date for the entire week of June 1-5.

  • Fries urged to focus on tourism

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is looking at opportunities to expand as a tourist attraction.

    Town council used the majority of its Jan. 6 meeting to discuss several options for bringing more traffic into the town, and attracting new businesses and residents.

    Kitty Barker, development specialist for partnership alliance marketing for Virginia Tourism Corporation, arrived at last Tuesday’s meeting to discuss development and marketing strategies related to tourism.