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Today's News

  • Graham sweeps Devils for MED lead

     INDEPENDENCE –– In a battle for the top spot in the Mountain Empire District girls’ basketball race, Grayson County took an early lead but Graham took control with a big third quarter run and held on to defeat the Blue Devils 59-55 Friday night at Grayson County Middle School.

    Both teams left the floor with 8-5 overall records. The G-Girls returned to Bluefield with the top spot in the MED standings at 4-0 while the Blue Devils dropped a game back at 3-1.

  • Peoples garners more honors

    Galax runningback Steven Peoples continued to reap rewards from near and far following his record-breaking senior season, including a pair of honors just recently.

    Peoples and Maroon Tide linebacker Joseph Dixon were both named to the inaugural all-HSGC awards list, Dixon as a first-team all-Northeast defensive player and Peoples as the Northeast player of the year.

  • Pats take top spot from Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– A lot of things had to go right for Carroll County in its first meeting against Patrick Henry if the Cavaliers were to hang on to sole possession of the River Ridge District lead.

    Unfortunately for the home team, the only thing that fell in the general direction of Carroll County’s way Friday night was a band of winter participation.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/20/14

    Come on over
    To the caller who said that old-time music rules, you don’t have to go all the way to Floyd. We have great old-time and bluegrass music right here every Friday night in Galax, and once a month on Saturday night. We are at the country club now, while the Rex is being remodeled. I went on a Friday night. It was great. Had a great band and a nice dance floor. Come on and join us. We would be glad to have you. It’s only $5. Where else can you have fun?

    Don’t come back

  • Zoning repeal? Not so fast, Grayson

    The Grayson supervisors’ debate about a proposed repeal of the county’s zoning ordinance has revealed an internal conflict on that board that mirrors the divided nature of citizens’ opinions on the issue.
    Though the anti-zoning faction on the board has claimed — with only anecdotal evidence — that their mission follows the will of a majority of citizens, the more vocal group has been the one defending zoning. More of them have been speaking at meetings, writing letters to the newspaper and voting in a Gazette online poll.

  • Law would raise penalty for roadside officer deaths

    RICHMOND — The family of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox want the General Assembly to strengthen the penalty in cases where emergency, police and other kinds of “Samaritan” workers are injured and killed on Virginia highways.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • Historical Society could preserve Allen House

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Historical Society and an heir to the Sidna Allen home report progress in talks to preserve the historic Queen Anne-style home in Fancy Gap.
    While still negotiating on the exact language, the parties hope to have good news to share soon, according to Bill Webb, a board member with the historical society.
    Bonnie Wood, one of two heirs of Bert and Marlene Widener, said that the legal work continues, but did not want to comment further until after an agreement is sealed.

  • 'Beerfest' OK, but name hard to swallow

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The name of a proposed festival in Galax left a bad taste in a Galax City Council member’s mouth, who worried that “Beerfest” would invite the wrong sort of crowd.
    A discussion about the city’s 2014 festival and street closure calendar led to a debate during council’s Jan 13 meeting, when members received a request from the Galax Downtown Association (GDA) for a craft beer festival.

  • More troopers could patrol I-77

    RICHMOND  — The District 40 Senator has made a budget proposal to the General Assembly about a way to prevent more multi-vehicle pileups from happening on a dangerous stretch of Interstate 77 in Carroll County — add more troopers in the area.

  • Kroger to close Galax store in March

    UPDATED 1/20/14:

    Kroger executives announced Friday that the Galax store will close its doors on March 21, after failing to reach profitability.
    The Kroger store on East Stuart Drive opened in 1967, but the store’s presence in the community stretches even further back — as early as the late 1930s or early 1040s.