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Today's News

  • STATE PREVIEW – Tide girls get another shot at J.I. Burton

    Game tape is great. First-hand knowledge isn’t bad, either.

    Galax girls’ basketball coach Yerrick Stoneman was waiting on film of Group A Division 1 quarterfinal opponent J.I. Burton at midweek, but if it never arrived he and his team still had their own experiences from which to draw.

    Galax (20-5) will try to avenge a 59-46 loss in last year’s quarterfinals when the Maroon Tide matches up with the Raiders again Saturday in a 1:45 game at Virginia High School in Bristol.

  • Vaughan-Bassett: Still Making It In America — PART 1

     

    ABOUT THIS SERIES — The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement and the opening of China to global trade decimated manufacturing in Southwest Virginia. In this three-part series, we look at how Vaughan-Bassett Furniture is attempting to recover.

    VIDEO LINK AT END OF STORY: WATCH AN 11-MINUTE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JOHN D. BASSETT III, CHAIRMAN OF VAUGHAN-BASSETT FURNITURE.

  • Grayson school budget falls short

    INDEPENDENCE — Faced with another round of state and federal cuts, the Grayson County School Board will be tasked with cutting nearly $400,000 from its operating budget in order to make ends meets for next school year.
    Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas — who will retire at the end of this school year — began the budget discussion during Monday night’s work session with more bad news: the budget has a shortfall of $392,000.

  • Hillsville rezones annexed areas

    HILLSVILLE — Deviating from the plan to rezone two properties near the busy Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange from general commercial use has resulted in spot zoning, one Hillsville Town Council member said Monday.
    Council members approved rezoning the newly annexed areas on the west side of town, with some changes.
    The changes arose after comments from property owners at a rezoning public hearing at the Feb. 13 meeting.

  • New cell tower approved for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A public hearing was held at the Feb. 9 Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting on a special use permit request for the erection of a U.S. Cellular telephone tower.
    Charles Felts asked for the tower to be placed on his 116 acres in western Grayson County.
    Charles Parsons was the only person to speak at the hearing. He asked if the location of the tower was still the same as he had seen, and was told there has been no change.
    Parsons said the western end of the county was in desperate need of a cell phone tower.

  • Turns three

    Riley Preston Mays celebrated his third birthday Feb. 8 with a “Sponge Bob” party attended by family and friends.

    His parents are Scott and Priscilla Mays of Galax. Maternal grandparents are Janie and Donnie Turner and Gordon Bowman. Paternal grandparents are Bob and Wanda Mays of Galax.

  • Public record for 2/29/12 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 29-Dec. 13 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Harmon tabbed new Maroon Tide volleyball coach

     Longtime assistant and junior varsity coach Onnie Harmon has been announced as the new varsity volleyball coach at Galax, replacing Rose Houk, who retired this fall after 31 seasons.

    Harmon, 57, has been with the Maroon Tide program since 1988, serving as a varsity assistant until after the 2002 season. Taking a one-year respite in 2003, Harmon said he missed coaching too much and returned to the Galax program in 2004 as the head JV coach, where he has remained until his elevation last week to the varsity post.

  • Tide ‘O’ goes silent in finals

    ELLISTON –– During their careers, the seniors on the Galax girls’ basketball team have played around 100 varsity games. Saturday’s region championship was a one-in-a-hundred kind of day.

    Beset by the mother of all cold spells, Galax hit just two field goals after the midpoint of the second quarter and fell to Covington 39-23 in the Region C Division 1 title game at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Region repeat for Galax

    ELLISTON –– Basketball players at Parry McCluer High School are well-taught the fundamentals of the game by longtime coach Nelson Fox. The Fighting Blues will hit their free throws, they don’t often turn the ball over and they are normally adept at the lost art of the midrange jumper.

    But as many a football coach has lamented the fact that you can’t coach speed, not even Fox can coach size.