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  • Woman charged with 25 felonies

    A Fries woman has been arrested on 25 felony charges, according to a Galax Police Department report.
    Tory Leigh Waller, 33, was arrested and charged with 24 counts of forgery in the city, on warrants obtained by Officer Darrin Alley.

    During the booking process at the police department, comments made by the accused caused Officer Anne Toney to investigate an automobile owned by Waller and being operated by two other individuals.

  • State police drop Hillsville police chief probe

     

  • Ideas pitched for Woodlawn's future

    HILLSVILLE — While most speakers at last Thursday’s special meeting on possible reuses for Woodlawn School wanted to see the current activities continue, a new idea emerged to turn it into a youth and community facility known as “The Cavalier Center.”

  • Woman charged in Sunday shooting

    HILLSVILLE — Friends have been sending a 48-year-old Hillsville man get-well messages and keeping him in their prayers since learning from the victim via Facebook that he had been injured in a Sunday shooting.

  • Bourne faces drug charges

    A Fries woman faces multiple drug charges after being stopped by a Galax officer on Tuesday.
    According to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark, Officer Drew Burnett stopped a vehicle on Allen Lane in Galax on Jan. 21 for a traffic violation.

  • Delegate off to a busy start

    RICHMOND — The newly minted 6th District representative in the House of Delegates reports working 15 hours a day in the General Assembly session, but Jeff Campbell (R) still had enough time to submit 18 bills for consideration.
    Campbell was elected in November 2013 to replace the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark. His district includes Wythe, Smyth and Carroll counties.

  • School prayer bill passes in Senate

    RICHMOND — A divided Virginia Senate’s approval of a bill to vouchsafe student prayer in schools and give forums for faith speech at school events signified the first cultural battle of the year in the General Assembly’s upper chamber.
    Sen. Bill Carrico’s SB 236 moves to the House of Delegates after it passed on a 20-18 vote after roughly 30 minutes of debate Tuesday when supporters lauded it as a religious freedom measure and foes called it an unnecessary endorsement of one faith tradition.

  • Petitions push to save Kroger

    Frustrated with the news that the Kroger in Galax will close in late March, locals took to social media websites to voice their concerns, and are attempting to cause enough of a stir to convince executives to think twice about their decision.
    Representatives from Kroger made the announcement on Jan. 17, after several attempts to gain more profits from the store failed.

  • Save the History project reaches goal of $16,000

    A local campaign has raised all of the required funding to convert thousands of old local newspapers into a digital archive.
    John Nunn, head of the project “Save the History,” recently announced that, thanks to the donations of many local businesses and individuals, a total of $16,000 has been raised to convert 44 rolls of microfilm containing 3,500 old issues of The Gazette into digital format. When the digital archiving is complete, the issues, which date back to the 1930s, will be available to view and search online.

  • Flooding fix underway in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    As another harsh winter threatens with unpredictable snow and rain in the Twin Counties, city crews are working hard to fix and restore the roads and stormwater system to benefit residents and business owners in the low-lying “Bottom” area of Galax.
    At the Jan. 13 city council meeting, City Manager Keith Barker gave an update on the ongoing Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization Project.
    “We are happy that we are moving through the project and getting close [to completion],” Barker told council.