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Today's News

  • Dixie Youth tournaments a success

    It is with great pride that I write this letter on behalf of the Grayson County Recreation Park’s policy board.

    Nearly 18 months ago, our board successfully bid to the Virginia State Dixie Youth Association for the honor of hosting not one, but two state tournaments simultaneously in Grayson County.

    These tournaments had never been hosted in Grayson or Southwest Virginia, and winning the bid was an honor within itself.

  • Shine Some Light

    At the Carroll County supervisors’ meeting Sept. 8, The Gazette’s reporter asked for more accountability in county meetings involving closed sessions.

    Carroll officials have heard concerns about this topic before.

    Citizen Mike Goldwasser has made appearances as recently as this month before the Carroll supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority to share public misgivings about use of closed sessions and the lack of public hearings in regard to disposition of county land.

  • Living With Fragile X

    Little Ty Dixon seemed like a normal baby, but at age 6 his parents — Angela and Brian Dixon of Galax — found they had been blessed with something special.

    As an infant, Ty sat up and crawled early. But as he grew into a toddler, red flags went up for Angela and Brian.

    Ty didn’t walk until 19 months. And by age 3, when toddlers speak in full sentences, Ty was only saying a couple of words here and there, and potty training became a challenge.

  • Closed meetings standard practice in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Closed session practices by Carroll County governments have been called into question recently, but county boards are not necessarily meeting behind closed doors more than they have in the past.

    With concerns about use of closed sessions persisting in Carroll County, The Gazette recently checked into the record of executive sessions.

    State law allows governmental bodies to meet behind closed doors in some situations where the hearing of matters in public meeting would be detrimental to a board’s position.

  • Airport proposal causes turbulence

    FRIES — The Twin County Regional Airport Commission appears to be bumping non-paying members — including the towns of Fries, Hillsville and Independence.

    Interim Airport Manager Tim Brown approached Fries Town Council at its regular meeting Sept. 2, asking members to accept or reject the commission's request to change its charter membership.

  • Behind closed doors

    HILLSVILLE — Even after a developer who sought 91 acres of Carroll-owned land for the Mayberry Opry property has ended acquisition attempts, a citizen continues to question county officials about other deals in the works and the methods used.

    Citizen Mike Goldwasser appeared at both the Industrial Development Authority meeting Sept. 3 and the Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 8 to express continuing concerns.

  • Cavs lose grip on upset bid

    TAZEWELL ––Nobody’s clothes came off, but Tazewell put on a pretty decent strip show just the same.

    Although thoroughly dominated in the first half, Tazewell twice pried the ball free from Carroll County ballcarriers in the second half, coming up with key turnovers as the Bulldogs rallied for a 27-16 win at Bulldog Stadium.

  • 'Person of interest' in suspected arson found dead

    FRIES — A man described by police as a “person of interest” in a suspected arson at 142 Sunrise Lane in Fries was found dead at his house Friday afternoon.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Thurman Davis was named a person of interest in a suspicious fire at his son-in-law's house on Sept. 11. He was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound at his own home on Providence Road the next day.

    The fire occurred last Thursday afternoon, and after a preliminary investigation by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department, it was determined to be suspicious.

  • Galax drops second straight 5-game loss

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax dropped a tough five-game decision for the second time in four days Thursday, falling to Fort Chiswell 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9 in a Mountain Empire District match.

    “We simply did not play well,” Galax coach Rose Houk said after her team dropped to 5-4 on the year, 0-1 in district play. “We missed 13 serves, and you can’t do that in a close match. We’ve been playing great, and this was not a good time to have a bad night.”

  • Maroon Tide falls to Auburn

    RINER — Derrick Duncan threw two touchdown passes to Keifer Titus and ran for another one to lead Auburn over Galax 21-6 in a nondistrict game Friday at Henry Sink Field.

    Titus hauled in a 79-yard scoring toss from Duncan in the first quarter, but Galax pulled to within 7-6 on Terrance Mazon’s 16-yard run later in the period.

    The score held until the third period, when Duncan scored from 2 yards out. He added a 19-yard scoring pass to Titus in the fourth quarter.

    Galax’s attempt at a comeback was halted by two interceptions in the fourth quarter.