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Today's News

  • Fighting to be the Best

    The fight is the easy part, says Cesar Llamas, as the 145-pound mixed martial arts fighter grapples his training partner to the mat inside of the cage, preparing for his big title fight Saturday in North Carolina.

    It's easy for Llamas because he’s at Elite Combat Martial Arts in Galax five days a week, hardcore training, conditioning, learning every fight scenario and brawling for hours in preparation for his title shot for Carolina Fighting Promotions in Wilmington, N.C.

  • Tide resurgence nets region bid

     INDEPENDENCE -- In their Mountain Empire District softball semifinal game against Bland County, Galax’s players took the field with the initials CB written on their wrists. Hopefully, the ink was of the permanent variety, because the Maroon Tide is going to keep playing for a while.

  • Cavaliers edge Marion 4-3

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County was one mistake away from a beauty of a win. As it was, coming out on the good end of a tight ballgame for once was attractive enough in and of itself.

    Marion got all three of its runs on one swing of the bat, but the Cavaliers held on for a 4-3 win in a tidy 90 minutes Wednesday in the first round of the Southwest District tournament at Bill Worrell Field.

    The win set up a semifinal meeting last night (Thursday) against season champion Tazewell, and also secured the Cavaliers one of the district’s four Region IV tournament spots.

  • 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.