Local News

  • Police warn of men running repair scam

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has advised that citizens should be on the lookout for suspicious individuals going door to door attempting to solicit work.

    The notice comes on the heels of a recent news release from Martinsburg, W.Va., where the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is requesting assistance from the public in locating fugitives Saul Williams of Inwood, W.Va., Early Nicholson III of Gerrardstown, W.Va., William Nicholson of Gerrardstown, W.Va. and Albert Stanley of Martinsburg, W.Va.

  • Three seek 19th District Senate seat

    Staff Reports

    The race for the Virginia Senate 19th District will offer three names on the ballot this year: Democratic candidate Mike Hamlar, Republican candidate David Suetterlein and independent Steven Nelson.

    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Sen. Ralph Smith, who announced that he will be stepping down from the office. According to media outlets, Smith made this announcement just days before the Republican nominations closed. He endorsed Suetterlein, his Republican aide, for his seat.

  • Health enrollment is here

    Landmark News Service

    The season to sign up for 2016 health insurance is here, and most people will see a trend of premiums increasing moderately and deductibles, co-payments and surcharges growing at a faster clip.

    One unavoidable reality: If you decide to go without coverage next year, it’ll cost you more at tax time.

    This year’s penalty climbs to the higher of two amounts: $695 for each adult in the household and $347.50 for every child, up to a maximum of $2,085 for a family; or 2.5 percent of your family income.

  • Fire destroys Laurel Fork home

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK – Fire and emergency crews responded to a residential fire on Oct. 24 in the Laurel Fork community. All occupants were able to get out safely and no injuries were reported.

    According to Dale Edmonds with Laurel Fork Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were called to a residence at 265 Windy Hill Drive around 8:30 p.m. The home was a single-family structure, around 6,000 square feet.

  • Candidate answers ad's claims about experience

    Staff Report

    A candidate for Grayson County Circuit Court clerk contends there are inaccuracies about him in what he called a “rather negative” campaign advertisement that the Grayson County and Galax Bar Association placed Wednesday.

    The ad in The Gazette and Declaration newspapers on Wednesday provided an endorsement for Grayson Circuit Clerk Susan Herrington, who is seeking re-election, while also raising questions about opponent Robert "Bobby" Williams’ record and past employment.

  • Adkins, Stanley running for Va. Senate 20th District

    In the 20th District of Virginia, incumbent Republican Bill Stanley and former mayor of Martinsville and Democratic challenger Kim Adkins are competing for the position of Virginia State Senator.

    Among other locales, the 20th includes part of Carroll County and all of the City of Galax.

    Below are some topics raised by The Gazette in separate interviews and their responses, for the edification of voters.

    Job Creation Strategies and Economic Development

  • Shaw seeks Oldtown seat in Grayson

    Staff Report

    Larry “Luke” Shaw is a candidate for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors Oldtown District in the Nov. 3 election.

    Shaw is a lifelong resident of Grayson County, having lived his whole life in the Oldtown District. He is the son of the late Connie and Nora Shaw and has raised three children in Grayson County, all of whom have been educated in the Grayson County Public School System.

  • Combs seeks fourth term on board

    Wynn Johnson Combs will seek another term for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board this November.

    Combs, an independent candidate, will be challenged this year by Randy L. Shinault, also independent for the seat.

  • Davis, Helmick seek seat on Galax City Council

    Galax City Council elections are typically in May, but one seat is up for grabs on Nov. 3 in a special election.

    After council member Bill Webb left before the end of his term, council appointed William “Bill” Davis to fill his position until elections this fall.

    Now, Davis is running to be elected to the post and Ches Helmick is challenging. Davis is a manager at First Citizens Bank in Galax; Helmick is a financial advisor at Edward Jones of Galax.

  • Candidate addresses police report

    Candidate Shannon Goad has sent letters to registered voters in which he defends himself against claims about a traffic stop, which was cited in letters sent out by opposition to his bid for Carroll County sheriff.

    Claims involving Goad, who was named in a 2013 traffic stop report filed by a North Carolina trooper, were made in public mailings. A copy of the police report was mailed to The Gazette and to citizens in Carroll County.