Today's News

  • Public record for 1/11/12 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.  
    For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These marriage licenses were recorded Oct. 20-Nov. 18 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    David Matthew Lineberry, 19, and Tanisha Ann Simmons, 19, both of Fries.

  • Fire destroys home on Cavalier Drive

    HILLSVILLE — Four fire departments and about 40 volunteers responded to a blaze at 1561 Cavalier Drive at about 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 6.
    Hillsville received assistance from Laurel Fork, Willis and Barren Springs fire departments to put out the double-wide home that belonged to Jennifer Frost, according to Hillsville Assistant Chief Mike Musser.
    The residents were out at the time the fire started. When they returned and circled around the house, they found fire and smoke coming from the rear of the structure.

  • Police say man shot while trying to steal car


  • Waddell looks back on career in performing arts

    Carol Waddell wrote this retrospective of her time with the Galax Theatre Guild and shared it with The Gazette.

  • Stage to be dedicated to Carol Waddell


  • Cavs 3-for-3 against Grayson

    HILLSVILLE –– With Grayson County comprising one-third of Carroll County’s nine-game schedule thus far, the Cavaliers are probably ready to see a fresh face across the court for a change. With three losses to Carroll County in Grayson's last five games, the Blue Devils are probably downright sick of the Cavaliers.

    The third meeting in the last 19 days between the two schools produced the same result as the first two as the Cavaliers swept the season series with a 68-51 win in a nondistrict game Wednesday night.

  • Tide, Cavaliers pound Tazewell

     TAZEWELL –– Galax obliterated Tazewell in the first and fourth quarters, rolling to a nondistrict 79-56 win Wednesday over the Bulldogs.

    The Maroon Tide (4-0) jumped out to a 21-7 lead after one quarter of play and finished the game by dominating the fourth period 24-9.

    Five players hit double figures for the Maroon Tide, led by Austin Pack and Lawrence Parsons with 18 points each. Devonte McKinney scored 13 points while Deion George and Eddie Hanks chipped in 12 points each.

  • VHSL poised for shift to 6-division system

    CHARLOTTESVILLE ––The Virginia High School League is a big step closer to moving from three classifications to six while significantly reshaping current district alignments, beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

    An ad hoc task force of the VHSL Executive Committee on Wednesday released data from a Dec. 19 meeting that sets parameters for the first major realignment of VHSL schools since 1970, when the league adopted the current three-classification system.

  • Fort knocks off Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County’s Mountain Empire District schedule got off to a rough start Friday night as Fort Chiswell used a strong first quarter to fuel a 73-54 win in the MED opener for both schools.

    With the score tied at 4-4, Fort Chiswell’s Daniel Hamm got the Pioneers (9-3 overall, 1-0 district) going by draining 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. Brett Mabry knocked down another triple on Fort’s next trip down the floor and the Pioneers were off to the races as their lead grew to 11 points in less than two minutes.

  • Grayson Co. girls surge to win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Slowly but surely, Grayson County’s girls’ basketball program is getting there. The Blue Devils even have a winning streak going.

    With four freshmen in its starting lineup, Grayson County used a 16-0 run spanning halftime to separate itself from Fort Chiswell, winning its first Mountain Empire District game since the 2007-08 season, a span of 27 regular season and tournament games, with a 48-39 decision Friday night.