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Today's News

  • Proactive Police Force

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark opened his annual crime report to city council last Monday by first noting that he was accused by a caller in The Gazette's Reader Hotline for being oblivious to some forms of crime that happen in Galax.

    But instead of knocking the Galax Police Department, we should take the time to praise the officers for being proactive and for stepping into harm's way for their fellow citizens.

    The department is not just watching crime happen. It is doing something about it.

  • Tide survives another Bland scare

    MAX MEADOWS "" Under the bucket and in traffic with a chance to give Galax the win with either a layup or a free throw, Deion George kicked the ball 20 feet outside to Scott Alouf. By going backwards, the Maroon Tide is going forward.

    Alouf calmly drilled a 3-pointer at the horn as Galax took a thrilling 56-53 win in the Mountain Empire District semifinals Wednesday at Fort Chiswell High School. The Maroon Tide will face Fort Chiswell, an 89-83 winner over Grayson County, in tonight’s championship game at 6 p.m.

  • Devils fall to Pioneers

    MAX MEADOWS –– Tyler Akers, Andrew White and Hody Viars combined to score 72 of Fort Chiswell’s 89 points and the Pioneers outlasted Grayson County 89-83 in the Mountain Empire District semifinals Wednesday.

    The second-seeded Blue Devils (15-8) and the No. 3 Pioneers (9-13) battled through nine ties and 13 lead changes before Fort Chiswell took the lead for good with 2:15 left in the third period when Andrew White scored from close range for a 52-51 Pioneer lead.

  • Revenue Up In Smoke

    It was encouraging to see Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the General Assembly clear the air between them and compromise on a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

    What for so long was denounced as a challenge to personal choice and a detriment to businesses was finally seen for what it really is — a public health issue. Choosing to smoke is a personal choice, but doing it in a confined space can infringe on others' rights to be healthy and smoke-free.

  • Tide lives to play another day

    Having just watched her team squeak past Grayson County, Galax coach Jamie Dotson had precious few positive things to say about the night. Among them, her girls hit some key free throws, and they were disappointed in themselves.

    Add to that the fact they did move on to the next round.

    In a perfect example of surviving and advancing, the fourth-seeded Maroon Tide fought off a spirited effort by No. 5 Grayson County and advanced to the Mountain Empire District semifinals, holding off the Blue Devils 45-34 in a play-in game Monday night.

  • Bowman, McGuire win region wrestling titles

    RIDGEWAY –– As a freshman a year ago, Blake Bowman’s first varsity wrestling season was cut short by a shoulder injury. Bowman the sophomore is making the most of it this year.

    Becoming a regional champion in his first opportunity to do so, Bowman claimed the 130-pound title Saturday in the Region IV tournament at Magna Vista.

  • Cavaliers, Lady Tide take early exits

    MARION –– In the Southwest District tournament quarterfinals, Marion turned a 10-point game into a rout in the second half, advancing with a 68-39 win over Carroll County.

    The Cavaliers (4-19) trailed 32-22 at intermission but were outscored 36-17 in the second half. Gavin Roe and Brock Hanna led the Scarlet Hurricane (13-9) with 21 and 14 points, respectively. Tyler Reavis scored 13 points for Carroll County.

    Carroll County 12 10 10 7––39

    Marion 14 18 21 15––68

    Carroll County (4-19)

  • Winners of MED tournaments will have earned it

    Basketball may be a non-contact sport, but whoever cuts down the nets following this week’s MED tournaments may do so with a proverbial black eye, because both the girls’ and the boys’ tournaments could prove to be real dogfights.

    No. 5 Grayson County visits No. 4 Galax as the girls’ bracket gets under way tonight, while Bland County travels to No. 4 Narrows as the boys begin their tournament.

  • Carroll County ends season on two-game slide

    DUBLIN –– Hannah Davidson scored on a layup with 10 seconds to play, helping lift Pulaski County to a 50-47 nondistrict win over Carroll County Friday in the regular season finale for both schools.

    The Cavaliers (14-8) outscored the Cougars 18-8 in the second period to take a 22-16 halftime lead before Pulaski (11-11) rallied in the second half.

    Kayla Goins and Lindsey Martin led Carroll County with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Davidson was 7 of 7 from the foul line and led all scorers with 17 points for the Cougars.

  • Carroll takes another title

    HILLSVILLE –– There is debate every year it seems about whether or not Carroll County belongs in the Southwest District. One thing’s for sure –– the Southwest District belongs to Carroll County, at least in girls’ basketball.