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Today's News

  • Tide takes suspense out of MED

    Galax threw a wrench into what was sure to be a tight finish in the Mountain Empire District girls’ race, stunning Bland County 45-41 in the MED finale for both teams Tuesday night.

    The Bears (17-5 overall, 6-2 district) could have tied Fort Chiswell for the regular season championship with a win but couldn’t overcome the Maroon Tide (8-13, 3-5).

  • Cavs enter tourney with a spark

    FLOYD –– Tied at 35 in the regular season finale with Floyd County, Carroll County coach Brad Hawks and his staff spent more than half of a 60-second timeout discussing how to play the final 24 seconds.

    Instead of setting up one final play, Hawks and his staff decided to run what they brung.

    A basic continuation of the Cavaliers’ set offense resulted in a wide-open 18-footer from the baseline for Will Jones, who swished the jumper as time expired, lifting Carroll County to a 37-35 nondistrict win.

  • Hillsville dog breeder charged again

    HILLSVILLE — The commercial dog breeder from Hillsville who was convicted of multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect in 2008 faces 15 new misdemeanor charges after a surprise Jan. 27 inspection, according to Carroll's commonwealth's attorney.

    Lanzie Carroll Horton Jr. was previously convicted of 14 counts of animal cruelty and 25 counts of neglect in Carroll General District Court. Those convictions were upheld in Carroll circuit, and Horton has asked the Virginia Appeals Court to overturn the initial ruling.

  • HOW TO SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    HOW TO SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

    The Gazette reserves its editorial page for the exchange of ideas and opinions. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Certain guidelines apply. The Gazette reserves its editorial page for the exchange of ideas and opinions. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Certain guidelines apply.

    • Letters should be typed, if possible, and signed in the writer's original handwriting.

    • Letters that are photocopies should bear an original signature that is not copied.

  • Vote may not have been legal

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will have to re-elect a chairperson at its February meeting after the procedure used in January was deemed to be unfit according to Virginia state law.

    During the meeting held Jan. 26, two nominations were made for chairperson — former chairwoman Wynn Combs and board member Misty Cassell.

    When called to a vote, each received two from the board members present. Board member Shannon Holdaway was absent.

  • Lifetime achievement award

    INDEPENDENCE "" As did old Independence High before it, Grayson County High School has enjoyed a ton of winning over the years, and Thomas Owens has been there for a huge chunk of it. Rightfully so, a little chunk of the school now bears his name.

    Owens, a multi-sport coach at the school since 1975, received a double honor Thursday night when, in a ceremony before the Grayson-Fort Chiswell basketball game, he was inducted into the GCHS Wall of Fame and had the school’s basketball court named in his honor.

  • Galax boys clinch MED; Lady Cavs lose on buzzer-beater

    NARROWS –– Galax locked up the Mountain Empire District boys’ basketball championship, jumping to a big first-quarter lead and holding on for a 66-52 win Saturday over Narrows.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 19-2 overall, 5-1 in the district and earned an automatic spot in the Region C Division 1 playoffs as well as the top seed in the MED tournament.

    Scott Alouf hit six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 24 points for Galax. Tyler Houk and Justin Hash tossed in 15 points apiece.

    Adam Morris led Narrows (4-15, 2-5) with 14 points.

  • Galax wins MED; Cavs second in Southwest

    Galax laid claim to eight individual championships and repeated as Mountain Empire District champs in the MED tournament last week at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide racked up 192 team points, 40 points better than runner-up Grayson County. Fort Chiswell was third with 99 points.

    Eric Stowell (103 pounds), Ethan Campbell (112), Edu Rojas (119), Jose Rojas (130), Jose Martinez (140), Seth Criner (160), Jay Miles (189) and Dakota Cockerham (215) all won their respective weight classes for the Maroon Tide.

  • The Art of Recovery

    It’s sad news that the economic plague is beginning to take its toll on the area, most recently eliminating Goody’s Family Clothing.

    Despite all the gloom and doom, the City of Galax continues to stay focused on finding other sources of revenue for itself and seeking “creative” forms of employment for others.

    And it is encouraging that economic projects, such as the construction of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, clearly has the support of the community, as well as artisans from as far as Raleigh, N.C.

  • Letters to the Editor for 2/2/09

    Spirit Harbor permit should be denied

    The special use permit requested by Spirit Harbor LLC, should not be approved.

    If one looks critically at the plan submitted by the developers, several concerns are clearly evident.

    The first few pages of the proposal are a description of the business and marketing plans. The discussion of the business plan is very limited, and seems to be based more on wishful thinking than sound business planning and marketing analysis.