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Today's News

  • Tide advances past Rebels

    The Galax girls’ basketball team had been in the gym just twice in 10 days when it finally began play Monday in the much-delayed Conference 46 tournament. All that really matters now is that the Maroon Tide will be in the gym at least once more.

  • Readers Hotline 2/23/15

    Payback first
    I cannot believe Supervisor Bob Martin would even consider making a motion to appoint Billy Mitchell to serve on the Carroll Planning Commission after taking more than $400,000 in Carroll funds. Give the job to a law-abiding citizen and let Billy Mitchell apply for a public job after he has paid back his $93,547 [in remaining restitution to the county].

    Don’t do it

  • Gwyn sentenced on federal drug charges

    ROANOKE ― A Cana man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Roanoke following a guilty plea for a federal charge of possession of a Schedule II drug.

    Robert Lee Gwyn Jr., 40, of Cana, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II drug, with the intent to distribute, according to Brian McGinn, a public affairs specialist of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Western District of Virginia.

  • Life-saving dispatchers honored in Congress

    It’s amazing where just doing your job can get you.

    For two local police dispatchers, their life-saving efforts got them recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    As previously reported by The Gazette, Galax police dispatchers Tim Webb and Justin Wooten were working dispatch on Dec. 29, 2014, when an emergency call came through from the Skyland Estates section of Fancy Gap. Cheri Grable, watching her sick grandson, was on the line, desperate for help.

  • Grayson sheriff reports on 2014 activities

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made 93 drug arrests last year according to the 2014 annual report released by Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    Vaughan said deputies responded to 5,669 calls for service and served 6,253 warrants (1,145 criminal and 5,108 civil).

    Drug arrests topped the list of arrests, followed by larceny and burglary, which combined for a total of 54.

  • Studio's programs strengthen mind, body, spirit

    WOODLAWN — The Studio, a new business in Woodlawn, has opened its doors to the public to offer a clever hodgepodge of classes and specialized events for clients of all ages.

    The idea for The Studio sparked after Tom and DeeDee Wright rented a building across from Midway Shell in Woodlawn last November, to house an office for Tom’s business.

  • Panel votes down automatic rights restoration

    RICHMOND — A legislative panel has rejected a proposal that could lead to automatically restoring rights of nonviolent felons after they have completed their sentences.

    Those qualified still must petition the governor to restore their rights.

    The resolution (SJ238) sought a constitutional amendment allowing the General Assembly to decide whether to automatically restore some rights, such as the right to vote, for nonviolent felons who have fully completed their sentences, including probation.

  • Cavs hammer Salem by 32

    HILLSVILLE – It might have been frigid on the outside but the action on the inside of the Carroll County gym last Friday night was red hot as the Cavaliers overwhelmed Salem, 57-25, in the opening game of the Conference 24 girls’ basketball tournament.

    Keely Lundy set the stage early for the #3 seeded Cavaliers as she drilled a 3-pointer to open the game. Rylee Haynes followed Lundy with a pair of 3’s and the Cavaliers led 9-0 before Salem could score a point.

  • Spurlin repeats, Lawrence takes second

    SALEM –– For the wrestlers who reached the championship round of the Virginia High School League state wrestling tournament last year, there was an excruciating wait of some 30 hours between the semifinals and the finals. In an effort to get the 2015 event concluded before another wave of winter weather hit Southwest Virginia, states were condensed into one afternoon and evening Friday at the Salem Civic Center.

    Galax’s Caleb Spurlin did his part to speed things along.

  • State completes investigation of fatal accident

    FRIES — C&B Lumber in Fries has received a citation from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program, after an investigation of an accident resulting in the death of an employee in 2014.

    The citation involved paperwork, and the company was not found to be at fault in the worker’s death.