Today's News

  • New school won't be too tardy

    INDEPENDENCE — Setbacks and weather delays will keep Grayson Highlands School from opening in the first week of January, but school administration is hoping to be ready by Jan. 18 to open the doors.

    Bill Ring, serving as clerk of the works for the new facility under construction in the western end of Grayson County, brought both good and bad news to the school board during its regular meeting Dec. 14.

    Ring began with the good — the building is taking shape and he expected carpet to be installed within the next week, essentially completing the building.

  • A Home for the Holidays

    For some staying at the homeless shelter in Galax, this will be the best Christmas they've had in a long time.

    Deborah Payne, director of the Hostel of the Good Shepherd, is making an effort to see that these residents have a blessed Christmas — and she is asking the community to help out.

    Nestled into a residential area in Galax, the hostel on West Center Street is starting to feel more like home for the residents, said Payne. Along with hope, that's the feeling she wants to give them this Christmas — a sense of belonging.

  • World War II soldier sought by historian

    Galax historian John Nunn is helping a French citizen find out more about a local soldier who was killed while liberating the man's village during World War II.

    Alban Bagy sent an e-mail to Nunn after Bagy found Nunn's Web site, ecommunitiesonline.com/galax, while searching for information.

    Nunn shared the e-mail with The Gazette in an effort to help Bagy learn more about PFC Dan J. Weatherman, who was killed in action in 1944 while fighting to take back a village from German control.

  • Fire destroys home

    Firefighters have not officially determined the origin, but they believe a wood stove could have caused a fire that destroyed a Carroll County family's home last Thursday.

    Carroll Emergency Services Director Joe Roma said the call came in at 10:39 a.m. at a home owned by Phil Reece.

    Fire was showing when firefighters arrived, Roma said.

    Hillsville Fire Department responded, with assistance from Carroll County EMS, Laurel Fork Fire Department and Laurel Fork Rescue. The Galax Fire Department was on standby at Hillsville's station.

  • Grayson considers IVFD sub-station

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will likely decide at its regular meeting in January whether to turn Bridle Creek Elementary School over to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department when the school closes next month.

    Kevin Spurlin, chair of the school facilities committee — a committee formed to recommend what to do with old school buildings once they close — brought a proposal to the supervisors earlier this month to turn the school over to IVFD for a sub-station.

  • Combs charged with murder in overdose

    HILLSVILLE — A 59-year-old Woodlawn man, who just pleaded guilty to drug-related offenses in Carroll court, now faces a second-degree murder charge after the grand jury met Dec. 14.

    Gregory Harris Combs, also known as Radar, faces two new felony indictments — charges that were sealed until they could be served by authorities.

    The indictment states that Combs, while engaged in another felony, accidentally killed Warren Travis Anders, 23, in a September 2003 incident.

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/21/09

    Senior programs praised

    I have been meaning to write a letter to praise the senior program at the Galax Recreation Center.

    I have taken advantage of many parties observed during the summer, fall and Christmas season. It is always a joy to see old friends there.

    I attend the fun bingo games each month, with Michael Dees calling out the numbers. There are usually close to 70 people that attend. I applaud Mike in his many efforts to make the center a fun, user-friendly place.

  • Christmas Gathering rescheduled

    The first Christmas Gathering, sponsored by the Galax Downtown Association and Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m., featuring door prizes, refreshments and entertainment throughout downtown Galax.

    The event, originally set for Saturday, was postponed due to the snowstorm.

    Christmas music will be performed by local guitarist Brandon Davis, and names will be drawn to win all sorts of items, even Christmas trees and gift certificates.

  • 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