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Today's News

  • HoustonFest 2015 best yet, organizer say

    Despite a decidedly chilly Friday, the fifth annual HoustonFest, held last weekend in Galax’s Felts Park, saw more people than ever, according to at least two organizers.

    The festival, run as a collaboration between Houston Caldwell’s family and the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, celebrates the life of the late volunteer firefighter and musician and honors his legacy through funding scholarships for young musicians.

  • CCMS students evacuated for bomb threat

    HILLSVILLE ― Students were evacuated from Carroll County Middle School Tuesday morning, after reports of a bomb threat put the school on lockdown for more than an hour.

    According to an official report from Principal Marc Quesenberry, the administrative office received a report from a teacher Tuesday morning, saying that a student informed them of a threatening message on a bathroom wall. Upon investigation, the teacher confirmed that there was a written bomb threat on the wall.

  • School board finds few budget solutions

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — At a work session April 27, the Grayson County School Board found more questions than answers as members tried to balance the 2015-2016 operating budget.

    Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a revised budget for board members to consider.

    Chalfant said in a statement to The Gazette, “the numbers are all dependent on student count, so depending on which number we plug in, the amount to cut will vary.”

  • Spurlin powers Galax sweep of Graham

    Caleb Spurlin enjoyed a big day at the plate, going a combined 3-for-5 with five RBIs as Galax swept a Mountain Empire District double header from Graham, 6-1 and 5-0 Tuesday at Felts Park.

  • Area teams roll to easy wins

    HILLSVILLE –– Gracie Davidson and Sydney Nester combined on a one-hitter and Carroll County upped its season record to 12-0 Tuesday with an 11-1 win over Patrick Henry-Roanoke in a game called in the bottom of the sixth on the 10-run rule.

    Davidson pitched the first five innings and allowed just one hit, a Haley Arnold leadoff home run in the top of the fourth. Davidson improved to 4-0 in the circle, striking out six.

  • Grayson County stays hot

    INDEPENDENCE –– Sometimes it’s the top half of the order, sometimes the bottom half. But somebody is producing offensively at Grayson County on a regular basis.

    The Blue Devils continued to square it up at the plate and picked up their seventh win in their last eight outings, taking a 10-0 nondistrict win over Carroll County Friday at the Grayson National Bank Baseball Complex.

  • Soph breaks second school track record

    For the second time in a week, Carroll County’s Sydney Haynes shattered a three-decade-old school record, winning the 1600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 19.1 seconds Wednesday in a nine-team track and field meet at Galax High School.

    Haynes’ time bested the previous record of 5:24.4 set in 1981 by Carol Griffith. Four days earlier, Haynes had broken the school’s 37-year-old record in the 3200 meters.

  • Galax boys top Giles, Graham

     Staff reports

    Brayan Estrada found the back of the net less than two minutes in and Galax marked off a second payback win in as many outings, toppling Graham 5-1 Thursday at the East River Soccer Complex in Bluefield.

  • Grayson County, Galax remain undefeated

    The boys’ tennis teams of Grayson County and Galax continued on their collision course for a big Mountain Empire District showdown this week as the two teams remained undefeated after last week’s action.

    Galax (9-0) defeated Radford for the first time in nine years last Monday, winning several close matches to slip by with the 5-4 win while Grayson County posted a pair of 9-0 shutouts and a 7-2 win over Glenvar.

  • Cavs rally past Cave Spring

    HILLSVILLE –– Tiffanie Moore’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning last Friday night led the Carroll County Cavaliers to a hard-fought come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Cave Spring in River Ridge District softball game played in Hillsville.

    The unbeaten Cavaliers (11-0) battled from behind three different times before they finally put the game away in extra innings, answering a three-run Cave Spring eighth-inning rally by scoring four in the bottom of the frame.