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Today's News

  • Grayson County girls win 10th

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax coach Yerrick Stoneman surmised that had his club hit a few more shots, he might have gotten Grayson County coach Tiny Funk a little worried.

    Funk didn’t need any help.

    “You know how rivalry games are,” Funk said after his Blue Devils pulled away from the Maroon Tide for a 47-30 Mountain Empire District win Friday. “Yerrick had his kids prepared and they did a good job defensively.”

  • Galax counters Devil defense

    INDEPENDENCE –– The game plan for Grayson County was a sound one. Galax’s was a successful one.

    Countering a gimmick defense with pressure and an emphasis on post scoring, the Maroon Tide was able to pull away from the Blue Devils and notch a 63-46 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday night.

  • Readers Hotline 1/12/15

    Courting on the bus
    There seems to be some people who ride the transit all day long. Looks like they would have to pay 50 cents for every loop they ride, but they don’t. One person talks so loud. Another one does her courting all day long. I think District III needs to look in to this.

    Speechless

  • 2014 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    Looking back, 2014 was full of things we’d love to forget — ice bucket challenges, “Let It Go,” Kim Kardashian’s butt, rioting, Ebola and shirtless Vladimir Putin.

    Other low points: Kim Jong Un tried to keep a movie out of theaters and local officials wanted The Gazette to put an end to the Readers’ Hotline.

    Neither plan worked.

  • A Citizen's Guide to the General Assembly

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the Internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which runs from Jan. 14 through Feb. 28.

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • New date set for Reeves' murder trial

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Once again, a new trial date has been granted for Chad Allen Reeves of Galax.

    Reeves, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brandon Billings almost 13 years ago.

    Jonathon Venzie, Reeves’ attorney, requested a new trial date in Grayson County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Circuit Court Judge Bradley Finch agreed to Venzie’s request and set the new date for the entire week of June 1-5.

  • Fries urged to focus on tourism

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is looking at opportunities to expand as a tourist attraction.

    Town council used the majority of its Jan. 6 meeting to discuss several options for bringing more traffic into the town, and attracting new businesses and residents.

    Kitty Barker, development specialist for partnership alliance marketing for Virginia Tourism Corporation, arrived at last Tuesday’s meeting to discuss development and marketing strategies related to tourism.

  • VFW's mission: recruit America's newest veterans

    HILLSVILLE — A new satellite group is being formed within the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville.

    Mike Lara, a Marine Corps Veteran of the and one of the newer members of Post 1115, has been named coordinator and chairman for the “Young Guns” organization of the post, according to a news release.

    “We are really excited about launching this venture,” Lara said. He had suggested the formation of the group during the VFW’s monthly meeting in December, and it seemed that a large majority of the members present were in favor.

  • Man airlifted from wreck in Ivanhoe

    An Ivanhoe man who suffered serious injuries was airlifted from the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Ivanhoe Road on Thursday.

    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Phillips, units were dispatched at around 2:35 p.m. on Jan. 8, on reports of a two-vehicle accident on Ivanhoe Road.

    A 2000 Blazer operated by Frank Tidwell, 56, of Ivanhoe, was traveling north when it ran off of the right shoulder of the road about .02 mile north of Virginia 601, and skidded broadside into oncoming traffic.

  • Isom to serve 8 years for manslaughter

    HILLSVILLE — Whitney Lee Isom will serve eight years of a 10-year sentence in prison for an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier.

    Isom, 29, was sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday, following a lengthy hearing.

    She was originally charged by direct indictment in December 2013 with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The charges were placed after Frazier was shot and killed at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap in October 2013.