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  • Local banks to become Skyline

    INDEPENDENCE — Since the announcement came in November 2015 that Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd would combine their 200-plus years of banking experience, the two entities have put many hours of time and effort into a smooth transition, as well as appropriate new branding that reflects their shared core values.

    This week, the two banks announced that their new, combined name will be Skyline National Bank: a nod to the local communities they will continue to serve.

  • GOING VIRAL: flu empties local classrooms

    The dreaded flu virus has declared open season in the Twin Counties, and some school systems in the area are feeling the effects with more absences than normal.

    In the past week, Carroll County Public Schools saw a large number of student absences, climbing into the hundreds for a few schools inside the division.

    “We noticed an increase in absences on [Feb. 9-10], but not nearly as bad as the last two days,” Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told The Gazette on Tuesday.

  • Galax looks ahead to budget challenges

    Galax schools will face a budget challenge this year.

    At the Jan. 10 Galax City School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that there is “close to a $300,000 hurdle” to get over already in the budget, due to the rising cost of Virginia Retirement System contributions and Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s financial supplement (with a local funding match) being taken away.

  • Disturbance call leads to drug arrests

    Staff Reports

    A disturbance at a Galax business resulted in drug charges and one person being arrested on an outstanding warrant for assault.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark reported that on Jan. 30, members of the Galax Police Department were dispatched to a business on South Main Street to investigate a complaint of two customers who were causing a disturbance.

    Officers Chris Hines and Dakota Martin responded and encountered two individuals who appeared to be drug-impaired, according to the report.

  • Davis faces 8 more charges in murder case

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Eight more indictments have been unsealed against Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, charged in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Karen Cates, and wounding David Patton last year.

    The charges were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27, until Davis could be served with warrants.

  • Amendment could help SWVTC residents

    RICHMOND — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed an amendment to its budget proposal that would prohibit the discharge of residents at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.

  • Rescued horses need sponsors

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Rugby Creek Animal Rescue is seeking sponsors for three new rescue horses on their farm.

    A few weeks ago, the rescue accepted three malnourished horses from Grayson County Animal Control. Rugby Creek cared for the horses while the case progressed through the court system; and the rescue was subsequently awarded the horses by a judge last month. The rescue is owned by sisters Kelly and Ashley Smart.

  • Go faster, move over or pay up

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates has approved a bill that would impose a mandatory $250 fine for driving too slowly in the left lane on highways.

    HB 2201 was introduced by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) and co-sponsored by Democrats Del. Kaye Kory of Falls Church and Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax to show bipartisan support for the measure.

  • 'Rally for Humanity' planned for Hillsville

    Samantha Castor of Hillsville was talking with a co-worker when the idea of a rally first came to her.

    “We were talking about the so-called ‘Muslim ban,’” she said of recent immigration executive orders that prohibit or limit entry by those from some Middle Eastern countries. “My heart literally hurt to think of these people and their families, packed and ready to come here to the U.S. for a brand new life, only to be turned around and sent back to refugee camps.”

  • N.C. man faces drug, weapon charges

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP — A Jefferson, N.C., man faces drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop in the Whitetop community of Grayson County resulted in a vehicle search and seizure of methamphetamine, a handgun and metal knuckles.