Local News

  • Parks benefit from state bond package

    Virginia state parks will soon see $140 million set aside for their repair, upkeep and new projects, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who announced this as part of a $2.43 billion bond package on Dec. 9.

    Among the parks expected to be helped by the funding are the New River Trail and Grayson Highlands.

    The package is mainly targeted at four-year higher learning institutions and community colleges, but some funds are intended for the parks.

  • Officer bitten by dog in stolen car

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville police officer was attacked by a dog while arresting the driver of a car reported stolen.

    A Hillsville woman faces multiple charges after she was found driving a vehicle that was reported stolen on Dec. 7.

    According to police reports, the Hillsville Police Department was notified at approximately 12:30 p.m. that a 2004 Chevrolet Impala had been taken from Montgomery Auto Care in Hillsville.

  • Friends pitch in after GCHS teacher injured

    Note: Some information in this report is reprinted with permission from The Jefferson Post (www.jeffersonpost.com)

    ASHE COUNTY, N.C. — A Grayson County High School math teacher was hospitalized Dec. 9 following an accident on N.C. 16 North near Tom Fowler Road in Ashe County.

    According to reports from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, John Roberts, 53, was traveling north in a 2013 Ford around 7 a.m. when his vehicle rear-ended a tractor trailer driven by Troy Lathan, 35, of Warrensville, N.C.

  • Group organizing search for Wingler

    Staff Reports

    WHITETOP — After several weeks with no word from a Whitetop man, his family has reached out to an organization dedicated to finding missing people for help.

    Kenny Jarels of Help Save The Next Girl, a non-profit entity, confirmed Wednesday that he was contacted by the family of John William Wingler, who has been missing since Nov. 12.

  • Galax's tax reassessment explained

    It’s time for the four-year tax reassessment in Galax, and what will this bring for property owners in the city?

    Tax reassessment letters were mailed at the end of November, and property owners should see by now what, if any, changes they should expect. The Gazette spoke to Galax City Manager Keith Barker and Commissioner of the Revenue David Hankley about the results of reassessment and how it works.

    What’s the overall trend on property values this year?

  • Local charities need help

    While the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Backpack Buddies are both interested in helping feed the needy – the fire department for the holidays and the Buddies in an ongoing effort – both find themselves in further need of donations this month.

  • Safety checkpoint results in arrests

    Staff Report

    Two people are charged with drug possession after a routine traffic stop in Galax.

    Tari Lynn Thomas, 45, of Meadows of Dan, was arrested on Dec. 4 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and refusal to submit to a blood/breath test, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Thomas was arrested by Officer Drew Burnett during a grant-funded traffic safety checkpoint.

  • Engine ripped out of car in South Main crash

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle wreck across from the Kangaroo gas station on S. Main Street in Galax left one person with minor injuries, according to Galax Police Sgt. Jody Poole.

    A yellow 2000 Ford Focus, driven by Lee Arron Brackens, 34, of Galax, was traveling north on Main Street when he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the right side of the road down an embankment.

  • LOVEworks sign would be expression of affection in Fries

    FRIES — The Town of Fries will soon join nearly four dozen other localities in expressing a message that the state of Virginia is all about.

    During Fries Town Council’s Nov. 3 meeting, council member Marie Isom announced that the Tourism and Parks Committee was recently approved to design a display to include in LOVEworks, a statewide initiative involving creative displays of the word “love” in various state localities.

  • No Carroll projects in VDOT's $6.2 billion

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Despite having two high-profile highway projects underway in Carroll, the Virginia Department of Transportation received nothing for the county in a new federal funding package.

    Virginia will see $6.2 billion in federal transportation funding over the next five years after the U.S. Congress passed the $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act last week. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill soon.