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Today's News

  • Tide girls reach final four

    BRISTOL –– Galax went to great lengths to prepare for the team that ended its season in the 2011 state quarterfinals.

    It had to wait a little longer than the final buzzer for that preparation to pay off.

    Cherish Forney missed a free throw with no time on the clock and the Maroon Tide survived, knocking off defending Group A Division 1 champion J.I. Burton, 46-45, in state quarterfinal play Saturday at Virginia High.

  • Cavs clamp down on Eagles

    SALEM –– Carroll County has been fueled by a loud and energetic fan base and a remarkable series of defensive efforts on its run through the postseason, but none of the fans have yet waved the capital D and picket fence sign signifying ‘defense.’ Rightly so. The Cavaliers have been playing A+ fense.

    Carroll County limited Staunton River to just 13 points through three quarters – zero in the third – and notched a 42-27 win in the Group AA Division 4 quarterfinals Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/7/12

    Beans and taters
    To an area restaurant that has not opened yet, let’s go ahead and open up this restaurant. Let’s get the pinto beans out on the buffet.

    Backing off
    I’m glad the governor and state delegates decided to not submit Virginia women to transvaginal ultrasound, better known as state rape. Now, we can relax, knowing all we have to submit to without our permission is taking our clothes off, high frequency soundwaves and observation and pictures of our uterus and ovaries.

  • Fancy Gap's landscape changing

     

  • Vaughan-Bassett: Still Making It In America — PART 3

     

  • Budget calls for opening prison

     

  • Courthouse shootout memorial service to be held March 13

    HILLSVILLE — The Citizens’ Committee for the Centennial of the 1912 Courthouse Tragedy will sponsor a memorial service at 6 p.m. Tuesday, to be hosted by Grover King VFW Post 1115.
    The program opens with “The Church Sisters” — twins Sarah and Savannah Church and their band from Danville.
    They often appear as guest musicians in the region and will add vibrant voices and masterful music to the memorial service.
    The formal program at 7 p.m. will be led by E. Gary Marshall, chairman of the citizens’ committee.

  • Falling tree kills motorist

    HILLSVILLE — A tree fell onto a vehicle Monday near the intersection of Virginia 100 and Beaver Dam Road, killing the driver of the vehicle.
    Hillsville Police Department investigated the incident that resulted in the death of Adam Lee Ashton, 34, of Hillsville.
    At roughly 4 p.m., Ashton was driving a 1999 Ford Escort south bound on Virginia 100, when a large white pine broke off in the wind and fell into the road, according to Police Chief Steve Williams.
    Ashton and another vehicle following his saw the tree falling and tried to stop, but the Escort slid 75 to 100 feet.

  • Effort to save Sidna Allen home underway

    Just two weeks before the 100th anniversary of the 1912 courthouse shootout, the owners of the J. Sidna Allen home began the process to preserve the historic Fancy Gap residence.
    Sidna Allen, like much of his extended family, attended the conclusion of Floyd Allen's trial for obstruction of justice in the Carroll County Courthouse on March 14, 1912.
    A gun battle erupted between the family and court and county officials after Floyd Allen refused to serve his prison sentence.

  • Funding runs out for school staff hired under jobs bill

    Eight jobs that were created at Galax schools through the federal jobs bill, a stimulus package of $326,786, are expected to be eliminated after this school year.
    The stimulus package, which will expire in September, covered two years of funding for the recruitment of instructors and salary purposes only.
    In 2010, the funds were received, and three full-time substitutes, two teachers’ aides, one secretary, one custodian and one coordinator in central office were hired. Each received one-year contracts in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.