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Today's News

  • Galax opens MED slate with big win

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s only one game deep into what is a very balanced, very competitive Mountain Empire District race, but for now, Galax is sitting on the top looking down.

    The Maroon Tide took a good first step in district play, opening up with a 55-27 win Friday night over Grayson County to take an early lead in the MED standings. Galax improved to 5-6 overall, 1-0 in the league, while Grayson County dropped to 1-12, 0-1.

  • Bulldogs bite Cavaliers 79-61

    HILLSVILLE – A game that started out with so much promise turned out to be another tough loss for the Carroll County varsity boys Friday night.

    The Cavaliers (2-11 overall, 1-3 district) entered the game having lost eight of their last nine games, and Friday ended no different as Tazewell (4-6, 2-1) came in and dominated them on their home court, taking a 79-61 Southwest District win.

    The Cavs began the game strong, scoring 11 of the game’s first 14 points.

  • Lady Cavs hold on for 49-46 win

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County remained undefeated and number one in the district following a 49-46 girls’ win over Tazewell Friday night.

    It wasn’t easy for the Cavaliers (6-5 overall, 4-0 district), though, having to hold off a stubborn Bulldog (2-7, 1-3) team looking for only its third win in the last seven games.

    The Cavs opened the game up on a mission to put the Lady Dogs away early, outscoring them 16-7 in the first eight minutes.

  • Public record for 12/24/08 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 8-26 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

    Garnett L. Rakes and Irene M. Rakes to James C. Adams and Melissa G. Adams. 13.431 acres in the Oldtown District. $260,000.

  • Regional water plant site chosen

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been landed for a new regional water plant on the New River, but Virginia/Carolina Water Authority members haven't let many details flow.

    Independence Town Manager Kenneth Vaught told The Gazette in an e-mail last week that “the authority passed a resolution to acquire property and a conservation easement.”

  • Two charged in Galax purse snatching

    Two local women have been arrested and charged in connection with a purse snatching that occurred on Jan. 3 in Galax, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Galax Police were notified at 9:30 p.m. that 61-year-old Joyce Bunn had been knocked two the ground by two females and her purse stolen while Bunn was walking to her home on Grayson Street.

  • Goody's going out of business

    After emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Goody's Family Clothing will lay off its employees and close its doors — including its Galax store — the company announced this week.

    Management at Goody's Family Clothing in Galax was given orders not to provide any further information, but the assistant manager did say that the last day the store will be open is not certain at this time.

    Goody's will begin a going-out-of-business sale today, Friday.

  • Goody's closing will leave 30 jobless

    Goody's Family Clothing in Galax was crowded throughout the weekend as shoppers hunted for bargains during the retail store's going-out-of-business sale.

    Brandi Cartwright, manager of the Galax store, and Felicia Bowers, assistant manager, said they are still in shock about last week's announcement that the clothing chain planned to close all of its stores, including the one in Galax, which Cartwright said will put 20 to 30 employees out of work in Galax.

  • Reflect & Resolve

    With the tumultuous 2008 coming to a relatively quiet (as I write this, anyway) close, it's time to think about the year ahead.

    Looking back, this was a year that we almost wish we could do over. It began with a series of brutal murders, and was marked (or is that marred?) by several animal cruelty cases and a series of layoffs and closings due to a floundering economy.

    Now, here are some thoughts to consider in 2009:

  • The Growing Importance of Farming

    Frank Levering of Cana is author of “Welcome to the Country,” available in stores and online at Ballyshannonfund.org.

    The American poet Theodore Roethke observes in one of his poems that, “In a dark time the eye begins to see.”

    With dark economic times upon us, here’s hoping that our collective cultural “eye” will begin to see the central importance of farming to our economic and social wellee'being.