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Today's News

  • Neals celebrate 60th anniversary

    Richard and Frances Felts Neal celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 2 with a reaffirmation ceremony at the Blue Ridge Missionary Baptist Church on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They were married on Dec. 27, 1950.

    Attending the Jan. 2 ceremony were their children and spouses, Susanna and Ray Dyer, Melanie and Chris Crabtree, and Linda Neal. Also attending were grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other family members and friends.

  • He's three

    Jacob "Jake" Burcham celebrated his third birthday Dec. 29, 2010. He celebrated with a Mickey Mouse party at his home with family and friends.

    He is the son of Donald and Machelle Burcham. He has an older sister, Krista. He is the grandson of Opal Wilson and the late George Wilson and Shirley Burcham and the late Kenneth Burcham.

  • Tasers donated to sheriff's department

    HILLSVILLE —  A high-voltage donation worth $30,000 has equipped the Carroll County Sheriff's Department's with 30 Tasers, says Sheriff Warren Manning.
    "It's just another tool that we have," the sheriff told The Gazette. "Whatever you think of it, it's a safety tool."
    Other law enforcement agencies in the Twin Counties already carry Tasers.

  • Hillsville woman, daughter injured in I-81 crash

    A two-vehicle crash caused injuries to a local woman and her daughter and resulted in a two-mile backup on Interstate 81 on Monday morning, Virginia State Police Sgt. Rob Carpentieri said.
    Sharon Shafer, 54, of Hillsville was driving a Ford Explorer in the northbound right lane and attempted to switch lanes, Carpentieri said. In the process, she struck a Hyundai Sonata in her blind spot, causing both to run off the road, overturn and strike an embankment near mile marker 109, Carpentieri said.

  • Devils run past Narrows

     NARROWS –– Taking a win at the cozy confines of William Patteson Gymnasium is never an easy task. Even when that win includes a 26-point lead at some time.

    Playing for just the second time in three weeks, Grayson County found itself in a battle for the better part of three quarters before pulling away to a 79-58 victory over Narrows in a Mountain Empire District game Friday night.

  • 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.

  • Cavs turn Blues inside-out

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County is sound fundamentally and always has a shooter or three lurking on the outside, two things that keep the Cavaliers competitive night-in and night-out. The emergence of an inside presence has made Carroll dangerous.

    Richlands learned that first-hand on Saturday.

    The penetration and outside shooting of Lindsey Martin coupled with the domination by Shyann Dalton in the paint proved a combination too much for Richlands to handle as the Cavaliers claimed a key 54-39 win in a Southwest District game.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps Warriors

     The failed alley-oop attempt from Justin Hash to Lawrence Parsons resulted in a quick exit for both players and a short but to-the-point sermon taken from the Book of Verl.

    Far be it from the two Galax players to do any backsliding.

    Upon re-entering the game, Parsons cruised along the baseline when he received a more conventional bounce pass from Hash, took one dribble and rattled the rafters with a two-handed flush, completing a three-point play to highlight a 75-44 trouncing of Chilhowie in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.

  • Maroon Tide boys topple Graham, Galax girls knock off Bland County

    Galax used double-digit advantages in the first and fourth quarters to roll to a  49-33 Mountain Empire District girls’ win over Bland County Friday in Galax.

    The Maroon Tide (8-6 overall, 2-0 district) outscored the Bears a combined 35-15 in the two periods to remain unbeaten in MED play.

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