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Today's News

  • Prison opening came after long wait

    INDEPENDENCE — After years of anticipation and struggles for funding in the General Assembly, River North Correctional Center in Independence officially became operational last week following a ribbon cutting Sept. 25.
    The $105 million, 1,024-bed, medium security (Level 4) facility was open to hundreds of state and local dignitaries and officials for the afternoon ceremony and guided tours of the facility.

  • Art school gets $125K for woodworking studio

    After close to a year of campaigns and grant applications, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) has secured the final funding piece to move forward with a new woodworking studio in Galax.
    The final grant was awarded on Sept. 26 by the Virginia Tobacco Commission in the amount of $125,000; which topped off the required $877,000 needed to get the project started.

  • Grayson holds first candidate forum

    TROUTDALE — The Grange Hall in Grant played host to a full house last Thursday night for the first of three candidate forums in Grayson County leading up to the Nov. 5 election.
    Nine of the 10 candidates who will appear on the Wilson District ballot on Election Day were in attendance. Each candidate was allowed up to seven minutes to talk about their campaigns, and the order of speakers was decided by drawing straws.

  • Fatal parkway crash under investigation

    FANCY GAP — National Park Service rangers continue to investigate a possible cause in a fatal wreck Sept. 25 near the 192 mile marker of the Blue Ridge Parkway, involving a 70-year-old Ararat man.
    The incident occurred at about 10:15 a.m., when Bobby Ray Caviness was driving a vehicle north on the parkway, not far from the Willis Gap area at the Carroll and Patrick county line, according to Ranger Bobby Miller.
    At that time, Caviness’ vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 33-foot recreational vehicle, almost head on.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway attractions closed by government shutdown

    Visitors centers, attractions and campgrounds on the Blue Ridge Parkway closed on Tuesday due to the federal government shutdown, and will remain closed until the issues are resolved.
    The parkway is one of the 401 national parks that have been affected by the government shutdown. All visitor facilities including all historic sites, park hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, picnic areas and restrooms — everything except the road itself — are closed.

  • VHSL Football ratings

    Group 1A West Region

    Team  W-L  Rtg.

    1. Honaker  4-0  20.50

    2. Fort Chiswell  4-0  20.00

    3. Haysi  4-0  20.00

    4. Auburn  3-0  19.33

    5. Chilhowie  4-1  19.00

    6. Covington  3-1  18.50

    7. Clintwood  3-1  17.00

    8. Patrick Henry  3-1  15.75

    9. George Wythe  3-2  15.40

    10. Eastside  3-2  15.00

  • New format, familiar result for Tide

    DRAPER –– The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Whether it was an old-fashioned district or now a newfangled conference, playing against familiar teams or not, the Galax golf team, as has been the case so many times over the years, came out on top in the first stage of postseason play. Thursday, the Maroon Tide held off George Wythe by three strokes to win the inaugural Conference 46 tournament championship at familiar Draper Valley Golf Club.

  • Grayson comeback stuns Tide

    Coming back from five-point deficits in volleyball isn’t a particularly easy thing to do. Coming from five down in the fifth set when an opponent has all the momentum and just three points to go is almost unheard-of.

    Almost.

    Grayson County stormed back from a 12-7 hole in the fifth set by scoring the match’s final eight points, swiping what had seemed like a certain win from Galax in a 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 15-12 battle Thursday at Galax High School.

  • Pulaski pulls away from Cavs

    DUBLIN –– Trailing 17-3 early in the fourth quarter Friday night, Carroll County received the break it had been looking for all year. Pulaski County then got the break it had needed for all of two plays.

    With a chance to trim the Cougar lead to a touchdown, a handoff exchange at the 2-yard line went awry and resulted in a lost fumble, a 98-yard Pulaski County drive and, eventually, a 24-3 Cougar win in the Cavaliers’ first visit to Kenneth Dobson Stadium since 1983.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/30/13

    Editor’s note:
    A 75-year-old caller published on Sept. 23 asked how to get advice about healthcare — “where are we supposed to go for help when we can’t pay that co-payment?” The Gazette was contacted by Debbie Spencer of the District Three office after reading the call. That office can provide advice about such matters. She may be contacted at (276) 783-8157.

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