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Today's News

  • Pioneers end Tide’s year, 4-3

     INDEPENDENCE -- Despite dropping a pair of regular season meetings with Fort Chiswell by a combined margin of 19 runs, Galax knew it was capable of playing on even terms with the Pioneers. That they did, until the final pitch of the game.

    Mark Gallimore’s sacrifice fly plated Hody Viars with the winning run with none out in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday as Fort Chiswell ended Galax’s season with a 4-3 decision in the Mountain Empire District semifinals at the GNB Baseball Complex.

  • Tide boys second in MED track

     MAX MEADOWS -- Twin County athletes took titles in eight of the 15 girls’ events and in six of the boys’ events at the Mountain Empire District track and field championships, concluded Friday at Fort Chiswell High School.

    Galax and Grayson County placed second and third, respectively, in the boys’ team standings behind team champion Fort Chiswell, which amassed 162.5 points. Galax was second with 146 while Grayson finished with 81.5

  • Tide wins soccer title; Blue Devils roll in softball

     MAX MEADOWS –– After three tough matches against Fort Chiswell, including a rare district loss, Galax coasted to a win in the fourth meeting, blasting the Pioneers 9-0 in the Mountain Empire District soccer tournament finals Thursday.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 13-2-2 on the year as Edu Rojas, Ismael Hernandez and Jose Rojas each scored two goals.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/4/09

    Park plan raises questions

    There have been plenty of reasons voiced and printed as to why Spirit Harbor should not be given a special use permit (see The Gazette article, “Citizens Appeal Rec Park Decision” in the April 24-26 edition).

    It seems the definition of this development is described in different ways, depending on what side the person who is describing it is on. I find that calling Spirit Harbor a recreation park is kind of misleading.

  • College Comes Closer

    Carroll County's Adult Education Center offers local residents an opportunity to go back to school and improve marketable skills.

    The center at 787 Woodlawn Road offers help with Algebra and geometry, basic computer skills, GED preparation, reading and writing, sciences and more.

    A report card issued by Virginia grading adult education centers says that Carroll's program fell just a few points short of achieving a perfect score. The grading curve was a 50-point scale, Carroll earned 46.29 and the state average is 37.5.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/11/09

    Actors' versatility should be applauded

    Timing — we all know what it is, but sometimes we cannot control it.

    But I can’t say that about the wonderful production of the play “Greater Tuna” by the Galax Theatre Guild.

    To say the least, the characters of disc jockeys Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis of the OKKK radio station were impeccable with their timing as the show opened with the radio broadcast. Actors Arthur Pemberton and Randy Carico are certainly talented.

  • The Ongoing Battle

    With the methamphetamine trafficking problem in Galax once again in the media spotlight last week, some smoldering sentiments reignited for those who believe more could have been done to prevent Mexican drug cartels from establishing operations in the city.

    Many feel that police could have done more earlier in the game, but what critics don't consider is that this level of organized crime was something new and unfamiliar in Southwest Virginia, and the cartels counted on rural law officers' inexperience to help them stay hidden.

  • VDOT wants big trucks to stay unstuck

    HILLSVILLE — Two road-related public hearings have been scheduled for the May 11 meeting of the Carroll Board of Supervisors.

    One hearing will be for the secondary road construction budget for 2010, and the second will seek input on placing restrictions on Virginia 620 on Lambsburg Mountain to keep tractor-trailers from getting stuck there.

    Bob Beasley, resident administrator of the Virginia Department of Transportation office in Hillsville, approached county supervisors about the need for hearings on these two topics at their April meeting.

  • Grayson talks trash, taxes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders are considering charging for curbside trash pickup to close a nearly $1.1 million gap in the 2009-10 budget County residents could also face a 3 cent tax increase on the levy and a 25 cent increase on personal property.

    Supervisors began their budget workshop Tuesday night with a $900,000 deficit.

    The ongoing issue of how much money to provide the school system was again the highlight of the meeting.

  • Tornado touches down

    It may have been minor, but the National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down near the Grayson/Carroll line on Martha's Knob Road on May 6.

    According to the NWS office in Blacksburg, the tornado was on the ground for approximately 1.8 miles along Martha's Knob Road. The tornado's EF0 rating on the scale means wind speeds were 65-85 mph and it was about 15-20 yards wide.

    The twister touched down around 10:25 p.m. near the intersection of Peaks Mountain Road and traveled east-northeast along Martha's Knob Road to the intersection of Dickey Road.