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Today's News

  • Schools prep for swine flu outbreak

    Though no cases of the swine flu have been reported in Southwest Virginia, at this point Galax schools are taking a proactive position to prevent any cases of the disease, Superintendent Bill Sturgill told The Gazette on Friday.

    Administrators of the school division met Thursday to discuss the swine flu, using the guidelines of the Virginia Department of Education's health plan. “It was a discussion of what do we do now and to prepare in terms of precautionary measures,” Sturgill said.

  • Thomas, Cavaliers near perfect

     MARION –– Carroll County blew open a tight game with a six-run seventh inning and Rebecca Thomas flirted with perfection as the Cavaliers took an 8-0 win over Marion in a Southwest District softball game Thursday.

    Thomas retired the first 20 batters she faced until Brooke Pennington reached on an error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Thomas still finished with a no-hitter, striking out 14 of the 22 batters she faced.

  • Devils steal another 1-run win

     An atmosphere that Galax hasn’t experienced on a baseball field in a number of years led to a state of affairs Grayson County is becoming all too familiar with.

  • Cavaliers rally from 5-0 deficit to top Grayson County, 6-5

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County rallied from five runs down and edged Grayson County 6-5 in a nondistrict baseball game Thursday at Bill Worrell Field.

    Trailing 5-4, the Cavaliers got the tying and go-ahead runs when Jordan Lamb beat out an infield single, Brett Anauo walked and Craig Rosen drove in both runners with a two-out double.

  • Cavaliers rally again, top Richlands

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County trailed Richlands 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth before rallying for a dramatic 9-8 win in a Southwest District baseball game Friday at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Galax wins rematch, 1-1

     Galax didn’t exactly beat Radford, but the Maroon Tide certainly left the field in a better mood than the last time the two teams met.

    Galax, which dropped a 4-0 decision to the Bobcats in the Group A state championship game last June, deflected charge after charge by Radford and answered a late goal with one of its own, holding on to salvage a 1-1 draw in a nondistrict match Friday night.

  • Cavaliers roll past Graham, 7-4

    HILLSVILLE -- If not for the fact that it is used as an actual soccer term, ‘shootout’ would have fit nicely in Carroll County’s win Monday over Graham.

    With 11 total goals scored, it is quite suitable nonetheless.

    Goals came early, often and in bunches at Tommy Thompson Field as the Cavaliers rolled past the G-Men 7-4 in a Southwest District match.

    Matt Felts and Lucas Webb combined for five goals and three assists for the Cavaliers.

  • Take care with the public's records

    Grayson County Commonwealth's Attorney Douglas Vaught appears to be a decent and caring person and — to his substantial credit — he does respond to his mail. Others in Grayson County governance, including Vaught's predecessor, refuse to put pencil to paper. I want to share an issue on which he and I disagree, as it forms an introduction to a much larger contemporary issue.

  • Red Cross needs emergency funds

    On Christmas Day, one Carroll County family lost everything they had, including their children's presents, when their house caught fire.

    The Woods River Chapter of American Red Cross found them a place to stay and helped with their emergency needs.

    “That lady comes by the office regularly just to say thanks and helps us [by giving to fundraisers] to make our money,” said Joan Isom, Galax chapter director. “We live in a community that is very appreciative of what we do. And I have that to look forward to every day.”

  • Independence police chief calls for backup

    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence Police Department wants more officers, but it appears the only way to fund them is through a tax increase — something town council does not want to do.

    During a budget workshop session April 22, Police Chief James Wagoner pleaded his case requesting an additional $63,932 in his department's 2009-10 budget.

    “I put in money for another officer,” Wagoner told council. “I would like to be ready for the opening of the new prison and be proactive, instead of reactive.”