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Today's News

  • Democratic race hinges on style as much as substance

    Landmark News Service

    In a room usually reserved for sales seminars in downtown Norfolk, Tom Perriello is giving a sales pitch of his own.

    The former congressman who represented Charlottesville and rural Southside Virginia is speaking to a racially diverse group of about 100 potential voters sitting in rows of chairs. They have come to learn more about this candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

  • Five out of five gives Galax three out of four

    RADFORD –– With a state championship on the line and the Group 1A finals having progressed to penalty kicks, Galax’s shooters were a perfect 5-for-5. Thusly, Maroon Tide goalkeeper Ricardo Ortiz needed to be perfect just once.

  • Semifinals a road block for area tennis teams

    RADFORD –– Four Twin County entrants in various state tennis tournaments all came up one round short of a chance at a state title as team and doubles competitors all fell in semifinal matches last week.

  • Tide shoots down Jackets

    RADFORD –– Just after the conclusion of the first Group 1A state soccer semifinal Friday, a pair of fighter jets zoomed overhead, practicing their almost-daily dry runs over whatever structure the City of Radford provides as a simulated objective. Moments earlier, Galax had already achieved a radar lock on its season-long target.

  • Haynes family bonds in band

    By ABBY BODNAR, Staff

    Whether working or just enjoying the music, the Haynes family has attended HoustonFest since it started.

    Today, the family gets to join their favorite bands and take the stage to perform at the music festival in Galax’s Felts Park. The event raises money for both the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and youth music scholarships, which makes the Haynes’ participation significant.

  • Republican candidates focus on Va. economy

    Landmark News Service

    Following conventional political wisdom, Ed Gillespie has the edge in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor. He has raised considerably more money and is well ahead in polls.

    But his two opponents beg to differ. They argue that the state’s first GOP governor’s primary in 12 years will be a test of who best motivates voters in what could be a low-turnout affair. In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s surprising political rise, they say, nothing is certain.

  • Three seeking Fancy Gap seat

    Registered voters in the Fancy Gap district will see three names on the ballot for Fancy Gap supervisor in the Republican primary on June 13.

    Those names are Ronnie G. Collins, G.G. “Greg” Spencer and Phillip R. McCraw, not to be confused with the current Fancy Gap supervisor. The current supervisor, Phil D. McCraw, is not running for reelection due to his declining health.

    The Gazette was able to speak to each of the candidates to get an idea about their goals and qualifications and why they wanted to be a supervisor for Carroll County.

  • 'Food security' grant will help local families

    Staff Reports

    Summer can be a tough time for low-income families, when their children lose access to free or reduced-price school meals.

    A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service will provide thousands of students and their families in Galax, Grayson County and six other Southwest Virginia school divisions with increased food security during the summer.

  • Grayson recreation park ready for summer

    INDEPENDENCE — School’s out for summer; and the Grayson County Recreation Park in Independence is prepared with a slate of activities to keep locals entertained.

    Recreation Park Director Kevin Watson highlighted these activities in a presentation at the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ May meeting.

    Watson began by announcing that the outdoor swimming pool is now open seven days a week, with family nights every Monday and Wednesday.

  • Readers Hotline 6/7/17

    Hole fixed
    I want to thank the City of Galax for finally fixing that big sinkhole at the alley between Washington Street and Webster Street that has been there for 18 years. They did a fantastic job. It hasn’t washed out yet, so hopefully it will hold.

    Flaunting disobedience