.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Texting while driving gets thumbs down

    A popular anti-cell phone bumper sticker says: “Shut up and drive!”

    If you own the sticker, stop reading because what follows will drive you nuts.

    Just more than a third of Virginia drivers surveyed admit they have sent text messages while driving, making this the sixth most active state for the controversial habit, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

    Nationally, 28 percent of those surveyed acknowledged they have typed with the keypads of tiny cell phones while heading down the road.

  • Without funds, free medical clinic in jeopardy

    A clinic that provides free health care to people in need is facing a dire prognosis — without a transfusion of funds in the next month, it may have to close its doors.

    The Free Medical Clinic of the Twin Counties has been serving the community for years, and recently moved into its first permanent home on Oldtown Street in downtown Galax.

    A recent fundraiser brought in $700, but clinic Executive Director Dina Slusher says $15,000 is needed before July 1 to keep the facility open.

  • Opry is sole proposal

    HILLSVILLE — All proposals for developing 91 acres of Carroll-owned land near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange were due in the county administrator’s office last Thursday at 5 p.m.

    When asked by The Gazette how many proposals they had received after the deadline, county officials pointed to a sole white, sealed cardboard package sitting on a desk.

  • Cave Spring ends Cavs' soccer season

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County goalkeeper Zach Surratt was asked by the head official to change his jersey early on in the Cavaliers’ Region IV first-round match against Cave Spring. His red and black top was too similar to the red and black of the visitors’ uniforms. With no suitable replacement on the Cavalier sidelines, Surratt donned one of the blaze orange sideline jerseys worn by the visitors.

    Surratt probably felt like there were still a couple of Knights inside it by the time the evening was over.

  • Warriors nip Cavaliers 1-0

    HILLSVILLE –– When two pitchers dominate a game like Carroll County’s Rebecca Thomas and Magna Vista’s Kristen Anglin did Monday, the contest is akin to walking a tightrope with no net. One false move and it’s all over.

    Monday, Carroll County twitched first.

    A pitch to the screen on an 0-2 count with two out in the top of the seventh resulted in the game’s only run as Magna Vista eliminated Carroll County 1-0 in the first round of the Region IV softball tournament.

  • Motorcyclist dies in Saturday accident

    HILLSVILLE -- A motorcyclist from Hillsville died in a Saturday morning accident on Virginia 100 near Sylvatus.

    Dickie Lee Edmonds, 40, was traveling north bound on 100 at about 10 a.m. when, according to a Virginia State Police accident report, he tried to pass another vehicle by swinging his 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle onto the right shoulder, said Trooper K.D. Blackburn. This was a spot shoulder there was wider than normal, but the motorcycle went off the side of the road.

  • Nelson, Zachary, Tide girls win in MED

    SPARTA –– With the season on the line, Rena Holliday and Kaydie Stinson came through for the Galax girls’ tennis team.

    Holliday and Stinson won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles to give the Maroon Tide the deciding win as Galax edged Grayson County 5-4 in a playoff for the Mountain Empire District girls’ tennis championship Monday at Alleghany (N.C.) High School.

  • Davis, Durham rack up titles at MED track meet

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County’s Michael Davis and Galax’s Marleigh Durham combined for five individual championships, but Fort Chiswell swept the team titles in the Mountain Empire District track field meet at Fort Chiswell High School.

    Abingdon did the same in the Southwest District, winning the boys’ and girls’ titles in the SWD meet at Abingdon High.

  • Late score lifts Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County girls’ soccer coach Wayne Edmonds will have to hold on to that fiery pre-overtime speech he was working on for another time. Cynthia Arellano and Laken Hall laid it to waste.

    Hall’s goal off of Arellano’s feed with about a minute left in regulation helped the Cavaliers avoid what looked like a certain overtime as Carroll County edged Marion 3-2 in the Southwest District tournament quarterfinals Monday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Quick start lifts Devils to 11-1 win

    INDEPENDENCE –– With Grayson County and Fort Chiswell scheduled to play Mountain Empire District tournament championship games against each other in softball and baseball, both at 5 p.m. and just a couple hundred yards apart, tournament organizers decided to stagger the starts of the two events, with softball getting under way at 3 p.m.

    Those softball fans who didn’t scramble up the hill in time to see the first two innings of the baseball final didn’t miss anything they hadn’t just witnessed.