Today's News

  • What's the best-selling liquor in Virginia?


    Virginia ABC’s sales data for 2010-2011 rank the following as the top dozen product categories in Virginia:

  • Website gets puzzled looks


    Online activities, such as the jigsaw puzzle, at BuyGalax.com have drawn additional interest to the site and to community businesses, said creator John Nunn.
    The website, a local shopping directory, encourages Galax citizens to buy locally instead of traveling long distances to do their shopping.
    Nunn looks at the site as just one piece of the business promotion puzzle, so the brain teasers at the site are quite appropriate.

  • Governor awards Galax $382K for Sawyers work


  • Carroll Co. AAU girls finish first, second

     The Carroll County 4th-grade girls’ AAU basketball team won its third tournament of the year Dec. 10 at Fort Chiswell a week after placing second in a tournament in Roanoke.

    In the Roanoke tournament on Dec. 3, the Cavaliers defeated teams from Roanoke and West Virginia in the morning, reaching the championship game that afternoon.

    Facing the same West Virginia team from the morning round, Carroll County put together a strong defensive effort but could not get its shots to fall, settling for the runner-up trophy after a 21-17 defeat.

  • Maroon Tide edges Cavs by three

    HILLSVILLE –– Calling the Galax-Carroll County girls’ basketball game Wednesday ‘ugly’ would be doing a disservice to homely people everywhere.

    The ‘W’ Galax took home was attractive enough, though.

    The Maroon Tide picked up a rare win over Carroll County despite managing just 33 points on 13-of-41 shooting, toppling the Southwest District frontrunner 33-30 in a nondistrict game Wednesday night.

  • Maroon Tide tops pair of Carolina teams

     SPARTA, N.C. –– Galax bounced back from a slow start and ran past North Surry, N.C. 59-48 Tuesday to open a successful venture in the Alleghany Invitational at Alleghany County High School.

    Down by double figures in the first half, the Maroon Tide (2-0) rallied to take a 30-29 lead by halftime, then gradually pulled away in the second half.

    Lawrence Parsons led the way for Galax with 19 points, Deion George scored 13 and Devonte McKinney tossed in 10 points for the Maroon Tide.

  • Galax gets through opener

    DUBLIN –– Intermittently, Galax showed flashes of both a defending state champion and a team that had hadn’t been playing basketball but nine days.

    The Maroon Tide’s run to the state title game in football left barely enough basketball players for five weeks to run a decent three-man weave, but the reigning Group A Division 1 state hoops champ finally played its much-delayed season opener on the hardwood Friday with a 51-48 nondistrict win over Pulaski County.

  • Carroll battles past Grayson

    MAX MEADOWS –– Carroll County pulled away from a tie score in the final two minutes and secured a top-four finish for itself in the First Bank of Virginia Christmas Tournament, knocking off Grayson County 63-57 Tuesday at Fort Chiswell High School.

    The Cavaliers (6-0) faced Radford in Wednesday’s second round, with the winner taking on Floyd County in Thursday’s championship game. The Carroll-Radford loser met Fort Chiswell in the third-place contest.

  • Woodlawn fire destroys home

    WOODLAWN — A Wednesday afternoon fire destroyed a home at 173 Arabian Lane.

    Hillsville and Galax firefighters responded to the scene, but much of the home was already consumed by the flames by the time they arrived.

    Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler said there were no injuries reported and no one was in the house at the time of the fire.

    The cause is undetermined. The house is a total loss.

    The Gazette will post more details as they become available.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/28/11

    Smell test
    The new convenience store in Independence is beautiful, inside and out. The best part of it is when you go in and pay for your gas and shop, you do not come out smelling like a stinking cigarette. Thank God.

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