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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Judge accepts Hammer motions

    INDEPENDENCE — Two motions were accepted in Grayson Circuit Court Wednesday morning related to a man charged in connection with three shootings deaths at a tree farm in Grayson County last January.

    Frederick Hammer — along with his four attorneys — appeared in court last Wednesday to file more paperwork regarding a list of expenses on another trip the investigators took.

    Also during the hearing, Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler accepted two motions filed earlier this month, including:

  • 'Spirit Harbor' location clarified

    INDEPENDENCE — While it may have appeared to some that a proposed Christian recreational park for seniors would be located in the Cox's Chapel area of Grayson County, residents there say it would not fall within their community.

    "From an accuracy standpoint, not a single individual who spoke at the planning board's public hearing or sent letters in opposition to the Spirit Harbor project is from Cox's Chapel," resident George Haydt told The Gazette.

    The 148-acre site is just west of the community, in what is known as the Fox Knob community.

  • Proposed bill would tax Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A proposal to repeal the Business, Professional and Occupational License tax for localities in House Bill 2205 was enough to make Hillsville officials nervous.

    The bill submitted by Del. Jeffrey Frederick (R-Woodbridge) was tabled in the House Finance Committee, but that doesn't preclude it from being brought back up on the floor of the General Assembly, said Town Manager Larry South in a discussion at the Jan. 26 Hillsville Town Council meeting.

  • New life for Hillsville thrift store?

    HILLSVILLE — The thrift store in the old Bassett Walker building supports the New Life Ministry’s food bank, but Brother Leon Goad could see the warehouse space serving another purpose in the future.

    Feeding the more than 400 people who come to the food bank each month since the severe downturn in the national economy is important work, but Goad would also like to see the building used to create jobs again.

    Nobody’s being spared by what has been termed a national recession.

  • Hiring on hold for Grayson prison

    INDEPENDENCE — Last summer, the Virginia Department of Corrections announced it would soon begin hiring correctional officers for the new state prison being built just outside of Independence to allow potential employees the opportunity to gain experience prior to the July 2010 opening.

    Now — six months later — nobody has been hired and the department of corrections is unsure when hiring may take place.

    According to DOC Director Gene Johnson, the department is continuing to work hard towards opening the new prison, including a plan to hire early.