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Today's News

  • Eight reach state track and field meets

    Galax advanced four athletes to the Group A state track and field championships, Grayson County will send three girls in four events and Carroll County had one girl reach the Group AA event after their respective region meets this past weekend.

    At Radford University Saturday, Darian Brown, Chandler Quesenberry, Megan Boyles and Jamie Mohr all placed in the top six of their respective events for the Maroon Tide while the Blue Devils saw Emma Wyatt, Mary Beth Cunningham and Olivia Wyatt score top-six finishes to earn a trip to the state meet this weekend, also at Radford.

  • Devils, Cavs win region games, Galax ousted

    BUCHANAN –– It figures that the last two Division 2 Region C baseball teams playing would be Glenvar and Grayson County. 

    The region’s two dominant traditional powers will go at it one last time as regional members when they play for the title Friday. Glenvar blasted top-seeded Chilhowie 9-4 in the first game of Wednesday’s semifinal double-header and Grayson County chopped down Floyd County 10-2 in the nightcap at James River High School. 

  • Grayson escapes Fort in first round

    INDEPENDENCE –– Winning its ninth straight game and for the 16th time in its last 17 outings, Grayson County did what pretty much everybody expected and played its way into the Region C Division 2 softball semifinals.

    But it wasn’t like the Blue Devils’ first-round opponent just rolled over for them.

    Fort Chiswell, which had taken five-inning losses of 12-1 and 10-0 in the regular season, and Pioneer pitcher Amber Chrisley held Grayson County to five hits as the Blue Devils scraped out a 4-0 win Tuesday at the Grayson Rec. Park.

  • Highlanders end Grayson doubles, team tennis season

    RADFORD –– With Grayson County having won five of the first six games in the first set of the Region C boys’ tennis doubles championship Wednesday, one might have wondered just how fast the thing was going to be over with.

    As it turned out, Glenvar got it over with pretty quickly.

    The Highlander duo of Alex Dunkenberger and Colton Walls reeled off 11 straight games, then fended off a comeback attempt by Grayson’s Garrett Bailey and Mike Vaughan to win the title 7-5, 6-4 on the Dedmon Center courts.

  • No. 20 sends Galax to state

    WYTHEVILLE –– When Galax boys’ soccer coach Troy Barkley asked his team to come up with a list of goals at the start of the season, ‘reach state tournament’ found its way somewhere on the list. The team winning its first 20 matches did not.

    They got that one anyway.

    Galax improved to 20-0 and punched its ticket to the Group A tournament with a dominant second-half effort, overwhelming Giles 5-1 at George Wythe High School’s Pendleton Field.

  • Grayson schools to continue auto mechanics program

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will move forward with seeking certification to continue its auto mechanics program through the county’s Career and Technical Education Center (CATE).
    CATE Principal Karen Blevins talked with the school board earlier this month requesting approval to seek certification.
    Blevins explained that at some point the certification was dropped, primarily due to costs.
    At the time, having a certified instructor was sufficient. Legislation changed two years ago, requiring programs to be certified by July 1, 2013.

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  • Leaf & String adds wine to festival mix

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    The City of Galax has granted a request from the Galax Downtown Association to allow alcohol sales during the annual Leaf & String Festival in June.
    Ray Kohl spoke on behalf of the GDA at a recent Galax City Council meeting, detailing other changes to the festival focused on local music, art and literature. “We are trying to make Leaf & String more of a local event that highlights things that happen in our area,” he explained.

  • Arrest Reports 5/29/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

    Herbert Early Brown III, arrested May 15 and charged with possession of Schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance. Taken to New River Valley Regional Jail. Held without bond.

    Jason Lee Hill, arrested May 14 on revocation of suspended sentence. Taken to regional jail.

    Jerry Wayne Evans Jr., capias for failure to appear in court, served May 15 by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

  • GHS seniors leave their mark

    As Galax High School’s senior class prepares to graduate on May 31, some members of the Class of 2013 are leaving their mark on their alma mater.
    Ali Reyna’s idea was to leave a literal mark, in the form of a mural of fellow seniors’ handprints.
    “I wanted to leave a legacy for our senior class: an artwork to continue over the years,” he said.
    After brainstorming several ideas, he came up with the concept of using a wall inside the school for seniors to leave their handprints before they graduate.