Today's News

  • Three seats up for election on city council

    Three Galax City Council seats are set to expire on June 30, and the filing period has begun for candidates seeking to run in the May 1 election.
    Terms for Robert Lazo, Sharon Plichta and Bill Webb will expire this year.
    All seats in Galax are at-large, meaning they don’t represent a specific district or precinct. Mayor and vice mayor are appointed by council from among the members.
    Council candidates do not run according to political party affiliation.
    City council seats are for four-year terms.

  • Canton comeback: Downtown eatery to re-open


  • Tide has no trouble with Graham

     BLUEFIELD –– Galax scored the game's first 11 points and limited Graham to 16 points through three periods Friday, opening Mountain Empire District play with a 40-29 win over the G-Girls.

    Bailey Shumate knocked down a pair of early 3-pointers to boost the Maroon Tide (8-3 overall, 1-0 district). She finished with eight points. Freshman Sydney Lindsey led Galax with 10 points and Allison White scored nine.


    Galax..........16  4  11    9––40

  • 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.