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Today's News

  • Galax turns it around on Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– The feeling had been there, that Galax would find a way to take a big win from a top-notch opponent. Doing so this early in the season may have come as a surprise, though. 

    A different team than the one that struggled to a lackluster 12-point loss to Carroll County a week ago, Galax took an early lead, battled Carroll County evenly through the middle quarters and held the Cavaliers scoreless over the final 5-plus minutes to take a 52-47 nondistrict win Friday night.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/23/13

    Growing inferior
    We wouldn’t have such a debt problem in this country if the big shots in big companies paid their fair share of taxes. Why do they hate the American people so much? They made their money on our backs and the stuff coming into this country anymore is inferior junk. Can stuff can any smaller, thinner, weaker? What the heck? A pound of coffee is less than a pound – way less than a pound. A bar of soap is getting smaller. Dish lotion is watered down. When does the greed stop?

    Reason for season

  • Industry passes on Wildwood

    Ken McFadyen, director of Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA), confirmed the news at the agency’s Dec. 12 meeting.
    A prospective business for Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County, which promised a potential return of 450 jobs and $100 million in private investment, has selected another state for development after months of negotiations with the authority.
    The authority has not named the company that was looking at Wildwood.

  • Volunteers pack 1,100 boxes for Community Food Fund

    Chief David C. Hankley of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department submitted this letter to The Gazette about the Community Christmas Food Fund, which the department took on as a project this year:

    On behalf of the Galax Fire Department and Y’s Men Club, I want to thank our community for the great support that we received for the Community Christmas Food Fund.
    On Dec. 19, we had over 200 people swarm the fire station to pack the food boxes. Because each of the 550 families will receive two boxes, there were actually 1,100 boxes to pack.

  • Plan to fix schools under fire

    NORFOLK — The fate of a new statewide entity with the task of fixing underperforming schools is up in the air thanks to a slate of new elected state officials and a lawsuit working its way through the courts.
    A nine-member board has been appointed. An executive director earning $125,000 a year is in place. Still, few people —  including those appointed to guide the system — seem to know much about its next steps.

  • Hodge to serve 5 years for fatal crash

    PULASKI — A Pulaski Circuit Court judge told a 25-year-old Max Meadows man that he was a “bad driver, a speeding driver,” when pronouncing his sentence Thursday.
    Dustin Keith Hodge was the driver in a Sept. 15, 2012, wreck that killed a Hillsville woman. He had pleaded no contest in August to an involuntary manslaughter charge after the crash on Virginia 100 in Pulaski County that killed Misty Dawn Davis.

  • Family loses home to fire

    DUGSPUR — Smoke alarms went off in a home Dec. 17 on Panther Creek Road, just after parents put their child to bed, according to Hillsville Fire Department officials.
    Investigating the reason for the alarms in the single-wide trailer, members of the Ayers family looked in the bathroom and discovered a wall inside burning.
    The flames were “going up the wall,” Richard Ayers told authorities.
    The three family members made it outside without injury and then called the fire department.

  • Stabbing investigated in Pipers Gap area

    A 16-year-old male was taken into custody on Dec. 20 by Galax Police Department officers and Carroll Sheriff’s Department deputies after police received a report of a possible stabbing, according to a press release.

  • $10 billion budget increase proposed

    RICHMOND — Your household budget may not be growing in this era of flat wages, but Virginia’s is.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget for the next biennium totals nearly $96 billion, an increase from the $86 billion for the current two-year cycle that runs through June 2014.

  • Their mission is nutrition

    Backpack Buddies participants at Gladeville Elementary get grocery bags stuffed with care, to ensure the family receives plenty of Christmas fare.
    The 23 items packed often overflowed, and the students had to carry home quite a load.
    The Mount Olivet United Methodist Church women’s group spearheads it, so during the holidays the families don’t have to fret.