Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 11/16/15

    No bull
    I’m reading The Gazette about the elections and I see a lot of new faces. The sad part about the elections is, when these new people get in their jobs, it is going to be just like when kids go to play football. It’s going to be, “you do it our way or it’s the highway.” That ain’t no bull. I have lived here for 58 years. It’s their way or the highway. Remember that.

    Setting example

  • Healthcare enrollment time again


    By Jon Applebaum, CEO, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Two years ago, the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for the first time.

    Since then, an estimated 10.2 million Americans have enrolled for healthcare coverage through the online marketplace, which allows people to browse coverage options, compare plans and purchase health insurance that meets their individual needs.

  • Carroll begins new administrator search

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors discussed the hiring timeline for a new county administrator in its meeting on Nov. 12.

    Gary Larrowe, the current administrator, will resign his position effective Dec. 31. Larrowe has been hired by Botetourt County to serve as administrator.

  • Grayson kills coyote contest, bounty fate undecided

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors sought the opinions of two incoming members last week during a discussion of whether to continue its support of a coyote bounty program and, subsequently, a second coyote hunting competition.

    A bounty for coyotes was proposed last year to reduce the number of coyotes that threatened deer, pets and livestock throughout the county. The initial cap for the project was $5,000, which supervisors later doubled when the county ran out of money to pay the bounties.

  • Oakland School salutes veterans

    Carroll County’s Oakland Elementary School hosted an event to honor local veterans on Nov. 11. It included a free lunch in the cafeteria with kids and a brief musical program presented by the students. The veterans also presented the library with a new book and demonstrated proper flag-folding.

  • GMS earns $133,000 grant to improve reading

    Galax Middle School has been awarded a 21st Century grant that will pay for programs to improve reading and math scores and increase family literacy, among other things.

    The grant also is being used to set up a mentoring program that ties the middle school to the elementary and high schools, along with an adult mentor for every group of students elected to participate in the program.

  • Panthers oust Maroon Tide

    SALTVILLE –– Galax had seen hitters like this before. The Maroon Tide had faced the power, the leaping ability, the energizing effect that a series of blazing kills can have on a team and its home fans.

    Up until the first round of the Region 1A West volleyball tournament, there had usually been a reprieve when such a hitter rotated away from the front, but no such abatement would come against Northwood.

  • Richlands too much for Devils

    RICHLANDS – Grayson County fumbled the opening kickoff last Friday night in the opening round of the Region 2A West playoffs and with just over a minute ticked off the clock, trailed Richlands 7-0.

    The game, played on the unlucky Friday the 13th, only got worse and when the final horn sounded, the Blue Devils were eliminated from the playoff picture, 63-7.

    The Blue Tornados came into the game with a 9-1 record, losing early in the season to Union by a single point, 42-41, and the leader of the Southwest Conference.

  • Tide overwhelms Narrows

    Officially, Galax’s Region 1A West first-round payoff game with Narrows ended just a little after 9 p.m. That may have come as a surprise to any who thought this one would be over before it started.




    Second round

    George Wythe 56, Bland County 12

    J.I. Burton 28, Rural Retreat 6

    Galax 28, Hurley 12

    Radford 38, Honaker 3

    State quarterfinals

    4. Radford (9-3) at 1. George Wythe (11-1), Saturday, 2 p.m.