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Today's News

  • Sore heels to fast wheels

     BANNER ELK, N.C. –– Coming up lame may have been the best thing that ever happened to Jordan Gillespie.

    A runner and multi-sport athlete in high school, Gillespie was in his junior year of running cross country at Lees-McRae College when bursitis attacked both his heels in the fall of 2009, forcing him to the sidelines well into the spring. In April of last year, the former Grayson County Blue Devil approached the cycling coach at LMC about joining the team as a walk-on.

  • Change in the air for new year

     Good news-bad news time.

    The good news is that the top of the line composite bat you’ve been coveting for the upcoming baseball season can probably be found at a fraction of its original cost.

    The bad news is that using it anywhere but in the batting cage can result in a two-game suspension.

    The Virginia High School League has thrown the state’s baseball teams a curveball by banning almost all composite bats for the upcoming season in an effort to curb a trend toward more and more potent – and dangerous – bats.

  • Sheriffs oppose governor's budget proposal

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is opposing the governor's budget proposal, which calls for sheriffs and staff to pay 5 percent on their retirement, provided that the locality grants a 3 percent salary increase.  

  • 'Safe Route' grant could improve safety, health

    The City of Galax and Galax City Public Schools are seeking a Safe Routes to School grant, administered through the Virginia Department of Transportation, that would improve walking and biking safety for students, said Galax Superintendent Bill Sturgill during Tuesday's school board meeting.
    The grant may provide funding to plan and develop improvements and create infrastructure.

  • Judge approves AmerLink sales center settlement

    WILSON, N.C. — A federal bankruptcy court judge last week approved the settlement on the AmerLink sales center, transferring it to the trustee for marketing.
    Carroll representatives and the bankruptcy trustee working on behalf of AmerLink creditors ironed out a deal to end the 99-year lease between the county and the company.
    Instead, the trustee will take possession of the log home models and try to find a new tenant with a compatible use for the farmers' market that will bring around 10 jobs and revenue to the county.

  • Woman dies after car plunges down embankment

     

  • Website access to require subscription

     

    Beginning Wednesday Jan. 26, The Gazette’s website at www.galaxgazette.com will become a subscription-only news and information site.
    We’ll offer complete access for our subscribers to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features, such as videos, photo slideshows, blogs, polls, reader interaction and more.

  • County's loss is Galax's gain

    The City of Galax has hired grant administrator Brenda Marrah, after Carroll County eliminated her position in November 2010.
    Marrah brought in a total of $11 million in grants and loans in 2009 for Carroll County, but the county moved the position under the umbrella of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority for regional grant writing services to save money and share the cost with the authority.

    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city has talked about hiring a grant administrator for the past couple of years.

  • Candidates file early, file often for primary

    HILLSVILLE — Two contested races in the Carroll County Republican Primary emerged immediately after filing began Monday.

    Seven candidates for the Republican nominations to elected positions in Carroll showed up at the treasurer's office at noon or shortly afterwards to sign up for the party primary in May.
    Three Carroll County Sheriff's Office personnel were among the first to arrive to file their papers to seek the party's nomination for sheriff through the preferential primary.

  • Commission approves annexation plan

    RICHMOND — Allowing Hillsville to annex a busy commercial area west of Interstate 77 is in the best interests of everybody involved, the members of the Commission on Local Government decided in a meeting Monday.

    The state commission issued a 31-page report that recommend sending the voluntary settlement between Hillsville and Carroll County to the courts for final approval.