Today's News

  • Two charged with robbery by force

    Staff Reports

    Two people have been charged with robbery in connection with an offense that occurred on Sept. 26 in Galax.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Christopher Lee Beasley, 37, of Hillsville, and John Robert Simpson, 25, of Galax, allegedly robbed a Carroll County man, by force, of property valued at more than $200.

    Both individuals were sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where they are being held without bond. A third suspect has yet to be arrested, police said.

  • Woolwine to serve 23 years in son's death


    HILLSVILLE – A Christiansburg man has been sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court for charges stemming from an Oct. 31, 2014 accident that resulted in his son’s death.

    Christopher Dean Woolwine, 30, pleaded guilty in May to felony hit-and-run and second-degree murder in the traffic death of his four-year-old son, Cole Woolwine. Judge Brett Geisler sentenced Woolwine on Oct. 20.

  • Think Pink Day at Oakland

    Oakland Elementary students, teachers and staff wore pink in honor of Carolyn Peddy, a former teacher who passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

    Carolyn, a teacher for more than 30 years, passed away in January 2007 and since then, teacher Sheila Hommema and others have made it their mission to not let the community forget her.

  • Readers Hotline 11/9/15

    Who will you trust?
    I can’t believe what I just read in The Gazette. First, hats off to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark and the five city council members who voted for the “In God We Trust” motto. The two [who voted against the measure] who say they are of faith — who are you going to trust on your deathbed? I bet you pray to God.

    Curb and gutter

  • Cavaliers, Blue Devils ousted in conference tournaments

    SALEM –– Carroll County couldn’t duplicate the formula it used to upend Salem the last time it played on the Spartans’ home floor and the Cavaliers saw their season come to a close Wednesday with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-20 loss in the Conference 24 semifinals.

    Carroll (14-11) had knocked off Salem (11-10) in five sets to manage a regular-season split with the Spartans, but Salem jumped to leads of 8-1 and 11-5 in the first two sets.

  • Tide tops Warriors for region bid

    Forced to cobble together a new rotation in the absence of middle hitter Essence Brown, and given one day to do so, second-seeded Galax responded with a 25-16, 6-25, 25-22, 25-10 win over No. 4 Chilhowie in the second of two Conference 46 volleyball semifinal matches Wednesday at Galax High School.

    The win set up an all-maroon title match, as George Wythe’s top-seeded Maroons knocked off No. 4 Fort Chiswell 25-19, 25-17, 25-23.

  • Wythe denies Maroon Tide

    George Wythe twice rallied from being down a set, then pulled away from a 10-10 tie in the fifth set to upend Galax for the Conference 46 volleyball tournament championship Thursday at Galax High School.

    The top-seeded Maroons (18-8) ended the match with a 4-1 run to notch the 16-25, 25-19, 14-25, 25-15, 15-11 win.

    Needless to say by looking at the individual set scores, it was an up-and-down night for both teams.

  • Area runners advance to state meets

    Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County will all be represented at their respective state championship meets later this week after posting strong finishes in regional events Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Patrick Henry doesn’t hold back in 71-24 win over Carroll County

    ROANOKE –– Patrick Henry of Roanoke  broke a record it set two years ago against Carroll County, handing the Cavaliers a 71-24 defeat Friday in the season finale for Carroll.

    The Patriots, who scored the most points ever given up by the Cavaliers in a 70-22 win in 2013, built a 43-10 halftime lead and tacked on three third-quarter touchdowns to end Carroll’s season at 1-9. Patrick Henry will move on to the 5A playoffs with a 5-5 mark.

  • Tide ‘D’ steals the show

    INDEPENDENCE –– Keeping Galax’s offense off the field may be the most effective way to slow down a rushing attack that has amassed more than 10,000 yards in the last four years. The only problem for Grayson County Friday was, it was the Maroon Tide’s defense that was keeping that potent offense on the sideline.