Local News

  • City water rates will rise in 2020

    There were no speakers at a public hearing for an ordinance that includes increased water and sewer rates at the Jan. 8 Galax City Council meeting.

    Council voted unanimously to accept the rate revisions as outlined in the last meeting.

    As City Manager Keith Barker explained at the Dec 11 meeting, the rate increase is driven by the cost of upgrading the city’s wastewater management facility.

  • Grayson teachers seek competitive pay

    INDEPENDENCE — With budget season coming up, advocates for Grayson County educators are asking the school board to do what it can to level teacher’s pay with competing nearby localities.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, representatives from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) shared their number one goal for this year’s budget with the administration.

    The GCEA’s Deborah Greif got right to the point by sharing feedback from teachers and data from Grayson and surrounding school systems.

  • Nuckolls Drug expanding into former bank


    HILLSVILLE — Nuckolls Drug Company, a local pharmacy serving the Carroll County community for over a century, will be expanding its business into the old Bank of Floyd building, located at 185 South Main Street in Hillsville.

    The store has been in the Nuckolls family since 1896 and serves an average of approximately 3,000 customers annually in Carroll County.

  • Shoplifting incident leads to drug charge

    Staff Report

    A shoplifting incident at the Galax Walmart on Jan. 17 resulted in the arrest of a Lambsburg woman on drug charges.

    According to a police report, Officer Silverio Gonzales was dispatched to meet with loss prevention personnel at Walmart. Store personnel had detained Mackenzie Fallon Gunsaulis, 25, after she allegedly attempted to leave the store with merchandise valued at more than $400.

    Gonzales placed Gunsaulis under arrest. Subsequent to this, Gonzales discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana.

  • Davis convicted of first-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis will serve a sentence of life in prison after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates and wounded David Patton.

    The jury deliberated for two hours on the evening of Jan. 19 before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling and one count of violating a protective order.

  • Plotting course for Grayson's future

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has approved a list of initiatives proposed by County Administrator Bill Shepley, including better access to broadband and healthcare, a community wellness center, shopping options for the Mount Rogers area, job training, better opportunities for tourism and agriculture and a community for senior citizens.

    The ideas will be further studied by a selection of committees.

  • Candidate finds no process for filing grievance


    Phillip Berrier, who lost the Fancy Gap District race for Carroll County Board of Supervisors by one vote in the November 2017 election, has reached out the State Board of Elections about his concerns about two provisional votes.

    Berrier told The Gazette that he intended to file a grievance with the board about the recount process, but discovered that no such process to handle grievances existed.

  • 'Farmer John' supports Carroll's plan to sell wine


    HILLSVILLE – After listening to opposition in December, the Carroll Board of Supervisors this month heard from a farmer who supports the county’s plan to sell beer and wine at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, which is located inside the retail portion of the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market.

    The board held a public hearing at its Dec. 11 meeting about the proposal. Two people, Debby Brady and Mandi McCraw, spoke against it.

  • Courthouse locked down after threat

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Courthouse went on lockdown Thursday after the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office received a suspicious letter with a note at around 11 a.m., according to Deputy County Administrator Mitchell Smith and Virginia State Police Lt. D.L. Reedy.

    The trial of Greyling Davis, for the homicide of Karen Cates, was taking place in the circuit court at the time, but Smith said, “I’d be surprised it if it had anything to do with the trial.”

  • Dangerous winds overturn tractor-trailers


    FANCY GAP – Dangerous driving conditions resulted in an accident on Fancy Gap Mountain during the early morning hours of Jan. 18, in which three tractor-trailers were overturned due to extremely high winds; blocking both northbound lanes of Interstate 77.

    The Virginia State Police and Cana Rescue Squad first responded to the scene at 7:44 a.m. Thursday, followed shortly after by Carroll County EMS.

    The accidents occurred near the 2 milemarker on I-77, at the Virginia-North Carolina border.