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Today's News

  • Bill would protect, expand parkway

    To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, members of the U.S. Congress from Virginia and North Carolina have joined together to introduce legislation authorizing the National Park Service to acquire up to 50,000 acres of additional land surrounding the historic roadway.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs through the Twin Counties, will celebrate its anniversary in September.

    Sponsors in the U.S. Senate include Jim Webb (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC)

  • Police target deer

    On almost any given night, 50 deer at one time stand tall, graze the grass and leap through the Galax High School football field, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    While it is quite a sight to behold, the deer have became a nuisance in Galax, causing car accidents and munching residents' yards, vegetable gardens and flower beds.

    Three years ago, Galax City Council advised the police department to look at the deer nuisance as an animal control police issue.

    Since then, the police department has shot and killed more than 200 deer.

  • Drained

    To hear the list of emergencies that the Wood’s River Chapter of the Red Cross responded to since mid-December, it’s been a disastrous month.

    It started with the blizzard that fell on Southwest Virginia Dec. 18, followed by one thing after another for the emergency aid agency that covers the City of Galax and Grayson, Carroll and Wythe counties, said Director Joan Isom. The emergencies ranged from winter weather to a hostage situation at the Wytheville Post Office to a mass displacement of people from apartments in Hillsville to a rash of single-family home fires.

  • Carrico: speed up interstates, slow down APCo

    RICHMOND — While introducing legislation that would slow down Appalachian Power Co.'s ability to increase its rates, Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) is also sponsoring a bill that would increase speeds on Virginia's highways.

    Along with other legislation being offered this year, Carrico is sponsoring HB856, which would increase the general speed limit on highways where it is presently 65 mph to 70.

    Carrico told The Gazette that he was approached by the newly elected governor's policy team to bring the issue before the General Assembly.

  • School's in session

    Finally, the anticipation is over.

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' renovations were complete in late 2009, a slew of Galax city workers and volunteers helped full- and part-time staff move into the former First National Bank building in downtown Galax last week and classes will begin today, Monday, weather permitting.

  • Tide finishes MED season strong

     INDEPENDENCE -- For about 10 minutes, it was shaping up to be the quickest tri-meet in the history of the sport. 

  • Carroll County breaks through with SWD win

     TAZEWELL -- Carroll County snapped a seven-game losing streak and won for the first time this year in Southwest District play, holding off Tazewell 69-60 last Wednesday at Tazewell Middle School.

  • Houk nominated for national honor

    One of the most memorable volleyball seasons in Galax High School history keeps producing more good memories as Maroon Tide coach Rose Houk has been nominated as the 2009-10 Virginia volleyball coach of the year. As a result, Houk was also nominated for national volleyball coach of the year. Houk is well known throughout the state for her dedication to and love for the sport she has coached for the past 29 years.

  • Three earn all-state mention

     Three Twin County volleyball players earned spots on their respective Virginia High School Coaches Association all-state volleyball teams, which were released late last week.

  • Devils roll to 14-2 with win over Panthers

     SALTVILLE -- Grayson County picked up its ninth straight win and improved to 15-2 on the year after blowing past Northwood 85-68 in a nondistrict game Monday.