Today's News

  • Experienced Devils should show improvement

     INDEPENDENCE -- Returning four starters and six of its top seven players, things should be looking up for Grayson County after struggling through a 1-23 season a year ago.

  • Maroon Tide, Devils win big

    NEW CASTLE -- Galax outscored Craig County a combined 63-17 in the first and third quarters and breezed to a 91-34 nondistrict win Friday night. Galax (3-1) bolted to a 35-9 lead in just eight minutes and widened the margin to 75-24 by the start of the fourth quarter. Justin Hash led all scorers with 23 points for the Maroon Tide, which knocked down 11 3-pointers as a team and also got

  • Galax doubles up Rockets

     Scoring comes a whole lot easier when one shoots the ball. For more than five minutes Friday night, Galax didn’t allow Craig County that luxury.

  • Cavaliers battle past Cougars

    HILLSVILLE -- Kayla Goins was unaware that she was about to score the 1,000th point of her career, and once the magic number was reached she barely paused long enough to give the game ball off to a family member before returning to the court. She had more important things to worry about. Goins scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds and Carroll County battled back fro

  • Galax man found dead, sister arrested

    A 21-year-old Galax woman has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of her brother.

    According to the Galax Police Department, Danielle Nicole Ilene Jones, of Neptune Drive in Galax, was arrested after authorities found the body of her brother, Mathew Jackson Jones, 18, of Center Street in Galax, early Monday morning.

    A press release issued by the department states that officers responded to a home at 202 Kenbrook Drive shortly before 2 a.m. Monday. Responding officers found the body of Mathew Jones, who appeared to have been shot.

  • Wreck reveals alleged drug trafficking

    FANCY GAP — A wreck in Carroll County resulted in Virginia State Police troopers discovering the transportation of illegal drugs.

    Troopers charged Earnest Rahsaan-Jamal Little IV of Ararat with two counts of possession of a schedule II drug and possession with the intent to distribute a schedule II drug, according to First Sgt. Mike Musser.

  • 'Miss G' named Carroll teacher of the year

    FANCY GAP — The Fancy Gap Elementary School librarian leads anything but a quiet life — and now she's in the spotlight as Carroll County Public Schools' 2009 teacher of the year.

    Kathy Giambattista of Hillsville — also known as Miss G — heard the cheers of the students as administrators surprised her with news of the award Dec. 8.

  • Nautilus plant to stay open until Jan.

    INDEPENDENCE — Fitness company Nautilus Inc. will continue manufacturing cardio equipment in Independence beyond a previously set potential closing date of Friday.

    In October, the company issued the federally mandated 60-day notice to its employees that the plant may not operate past Dec. 18.

    Wayne Bolio, senior vice president of the Vancouver, Wash.-based company, told The Gazette in October that the company was "actively marketing" its commercial business and that, if a purchaser was not found, the plant could potentially be shut down.

  • Fatal crash blamed on ice

    HILLSVILLE — Black ice on U.S 58 claimed a long-time dairy delivery driver while on his rounds early Monday, Virginia State Police troopers say.

    Guy Horton, 70, of Woodlawn, driving a delivery truck owned by H&S Dairy Distributors of Mount Airy, N.C., lost control of the vehicle on a glaze of black ice in a curve near Princess Drive at about 6:15 a.m., according to First Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Police believe that Horton was heading to businesses in Vesta to drop off supplies.

    The weather conditions, which also included fog, contributed to the accident.

  • Christmas in the mountains

    Hundreds lined up outside of First Baptist Church in Galax on Monday for the annual free Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund event, this year featuring country music artist Kellie Pickler.

    The first person in line, Chris Larue, arrived to the front doors at 7 a.m., holding a Pickler CD in hopes of getting her autograph.

    Some, like Robert and Wanda Tilley of Madison, N.C., drove two hours and waited five hours in line to see the concert.

    And 10-year-old Madison Bullis, who attends Gladeville Elementary, decided to take the day off to attend her first concert.