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Today's News

  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County voters will soon have a new system of voting – paper ballots.
    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.
    Carroll County Registrar Kim Cloud said the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.

  • 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.

  • Tide pounds G-Men, Lundy stymies Wave

    BLUEFIELD –– Galax exploded for 13 runs in the top of the fourth inning to break open a tight ballgame and went on to a 14-1 Mountain Empire District win over Graham in five innings Friday.

  • Grayson shuts down another

    INDEPENDENCE –– For the second time in three days, Grayson County walked off the baseball field with a five-run win after a one-hit pitching performance. Somehow Friday’s had a little bit of a better feeling to it than did Wednesday’s.

    Ty Cannaday and Koby Hill teamed up to limit Fort Chiswell to just one single and the Blue Devils showed a bit more life offensively than they had two days previously, downing Fort Chiswell 6-1 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

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  • Grassroots group's efforts paid off

    Kroger supporters and their grassroots movement might not have prevented their beloved Galax store from closing last month, but it has come to The Gazette’s attention that they did play an integral role in attracting new business to the city.
    On April 3, family-owned grocery chain Grants Supermarket announced that it would open a new store in the old Kroger building this summer. In a statement to the newspaper, the owners mentioned that the “Save Kroger” group had caught their attention while they were searching for new spots to expand.

  • 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.

  • 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.