Today's News

  • 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.

    Ninth inning

  • Creating With Clay


  • Heating assistance unfrozen

    While social services agencies and those waiting for money from the heating assistance program grew concerned about when they would receive the funds, the checks should go out as early as the end of this week, said Susan Clark, director of Galax Department of Social Services.
    The heating assistance program assists low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs.
    Last week, the state had sent a note to local social services that the program was on delay in Washington until Congress could complete the appropriation process.

  • Public record for 12/28/11 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Sept. 12-23 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Turns four

    Fisher McMillian turns four on Nov. 29. He celebrated Nov. 12 with a Superhero Themed Party along with his family and friends. His parents are Michelle Reece McMillian of Hillsville and Dennis L. McMillian of Fancy  Gap.