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Today's News

  • Blue Devils back in the mix

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County ended Galax’s string of 44 straight wins against Mountain Empire District competition Thursday, surging to a big lead in the fifth set and holding off the Maroon Tide 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-8.

    The win gives the Blue Devils (6-1 overall, 3-0 district) the early MED lead. Galax’s first MED loss since 2008 dropped the Tide to 7-1, 2-1.

  • Clintwood gets last laugh, 49-7

    CLINTWOOD –– A year after one of the most humiliating defeats in the long history of a storied football program, Clintwood can now turn the page.

    The Green Wave had Friday, Sept. 17 circled on its calendar ever since giving up 58 first-half points in a 61-6 loss at Grayson County last year and can now get down to the business of defending its 2011 state championship after thoroughly dismantling the Blue Devils 49-7 in a nondistrict game at Ralph Cummins Stadium.

  • Galax positively gets it done

    RADFORD –– Galax hasn’t gotten to where it’s been the last couple of years by constantly being patted on the back by its coaching staff. Part of the job of Mark Dixon and his deputies is to find mistakes, point them out and correct them. But it’s hard to find fault when you walk off of Norm Lineburg Field with a win.

  • Hillsville citizen raises rescue squad concerns

    HILLSVILLE  — Perceived poor paperwork practices by the disbanded Hillsville Rescue Squad has raised questions for one town citizen, and town council has finally set a deadline for the squad to move equipment out of its building.
    Nancy Beasley, speaker at the Sept. 10 Hillsville Town Council meeting, pointed to State Corporation Commission filings and guidestar.org, a review of charities for donors, as proof of laxness by representatives of the squad.

  • Hiding fugitive son leads to parents' conviction

    ABINGDON  — After trying to hide their son from the authorities, a Woodlawn couple was found guilty on two charges in federal court last Friday, according to court officials.
    Ricky David Robinson, 54, and Cynthia Lee Robinson, 50, faced a two-day jury trail on one count each of harboring a federal fugitive and of conspiracy to harbor a federal fugitive, according to a news release from the federal prosecutor’s office.

  • Galax woman's inspiring story included in new book

    Cindy Halley of Galax is sharing her story of hope and inspiration through the book, “The Faces Behind the Pages that Inspire.”
    Halley owns GODpillow in downtown Galax, embroidering words of courage and motivation onto pillows of prayer. GODpillow promotes healing through prayer and meditation.
    Starting in October, Halley and dozens of other women will travel around the country and around the world, leading people on a journey as they tell their inspirational stories.

  • Carroll approves emergency water agreement

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Service Authority officials are trying to find some common ground with Hillsville in a special water agreement.
    At its regular meeting Sept. 10, PSA members approved an agreement with blanks where prices should be, for use should the need arise.
    The matter came up as part of the authority’s approval items, which the members approved without discussion.

  • Fire destroys Independence home

    Firefighters believe blaze started from overheated dryer

  • Time to bury the past

    The moribund Hillsville Rescue Squad will soon go to its final reward, but the former non-profit volunteer organization deserved a more dignified death than one that lingered for eight years.
    It brings to mind a shuffling zombie, still somehow ambulatory but just a shell of its former self.
    The first attempt to kill the rescue squad came as far back as 2004.
    That’s when Carroll County officials padlocked the rescue squad station on Main Street in Hillsville after it came to light that a member used an ambulance to move furniture from Smyth County.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/17/12

    Magnificent sight
    The vision of the great blue heron is truly a magnificent sight, whether they are on the riverbank, in the river or in the air. We often see them in Fries. But, thanks to the striking pictures so up close and personal in The Gazette by [nature columnist] Bill Dunson, I have a whole new insight and appreciation for this bird. Thank you for devoting space for this in our newspaper.