Today's News

  • It’s logical. That’s why it’ll never fly

     There are a couple of very peculiar things about the proposed six-classification system announced last week by the Virginia High School League. First, the thing makes sense. Second, it works for Southwest Virginia.

    Often criticized for appearing to be being devoid of common sense and for appearing biased toward the central, eastern and northern parts of the state, the VHSL rolled out its proposal for reclassification last week, setting the stage for a complete overhaul of the current three-classification system used since 1970.

  • Dalton powers Carroll to win

    RADFORD –– Shooting just five percent from the 3-point line doesn’t hurt so badly when there’s an unstoppable force in the middle.

    Carroll County hit just one of its 18 3-point attempts but leaned on Shyann Dalton’s 20 points and 12 rebounds to power the Cavaliers past defending Group A Division 2 state champion Radford in a 47-27 nondistrict win Monday night.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/11/12

    Turned off
    I am so disappointed in First Baptist Church in Galax at the “no service” sign on Christmas Day. After all, wasn’t it His birthday in His house on His day?

    School news
    I was just calling to see why Galax Elementary School and Fries Middle School and elementary school rarely have their children’s awards posted in The Gazette. Is this a problem just being published or is it that someone is not putting the pictures in the paper?

  • Citizens can certify to help in emergencies

    A new program in Galax teaches citizens emergency skills necessary to keep their families safe and take care of their neighbors during crisis situations.
    A $6,000 grant from Homeland Security funds the nationwide Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which pays for training for the instructors and equipment to teach the course.

  • Carroll rejects some AmerLink auction bids

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials had a mixed reaction on what to do after the bankruptcy auction of the AmerLink lease and property took place on Jan. 5.

  • Backpack Buddies back for another year


  • 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.