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  • Foster families needed

    By ABBY BODNAR, Staff

    The Galax and Grayson departments of social services have seen a rise in the number of foster children moving through their systems.

    The numbers have been traditionally low in the counties, but recently this hasn’t been the case lately.

    There are currently 26 foster families in Grayson, and to keep up with the growing number of children, the county will need many more. Galax has seen growth for around 14 months and social services has 19 children in its care. Before March, Galax only had two children.

  • BBB warns of phony Comcast callers

    Scammers are calling Comcast customers in Western Virginia and claiming there are issues with the cable system that require access to homes.
    Multiple Western Virginia residents have told the Better Business Bureau they have received calls from someone claiming they are from Comcast, but Comcast confirmed that they are not experiencing issues in their area, and that technicians are not contacting customers in this manner.

  • Two candidates vie for Laurel Fork seat

    The Laurel Fork seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will be up for election this November and two individuals will face off during the Republican primary on June 13.

    Incumbent Joshua Hendrick will face newcomer Joe Neil Webb. In interviews with The Gazette, both candidates explained why they have entered the race and what they hope to achieve if elected.

    Joe Neil Webb

  • Police recover body from New River

    Staff Report

    A body was recovered from the New River in Carroll County on June 8, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The sheriff said law enforcement responded to the area of the Byllesby Pool Boat Ramp, off of River Hill Road in the Hebron community of the county, after fishermen called to report that they had seen a body in the river.

    Gardner confirmed that a female body was pulled from the river and sent for autopsy by the state medical examiner.

    On June 9, Gardner said the medical examiner had ruled the death a suicide.

  • WHO'S ON THE BALLOT JUNE 13?

    Staff Report

    Tuesday is the date of Democratic and Republican primaries in Virginia, with voters from both parties choosing candidates to run for governor and lieutenant governor in the November election.

    Locally, Republicans in two Carroll County districts will choose candidates for the board of supervisors race in November.

    Democrats in Carroll don’t require a primary, nor do either party in Grayson County, as primaries are only necessary if there is more than one candidate seeking the nomination.

  • Grayson adds roads to VDOT's 2018 plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Several roads in Grayson will see improvements in fiscal year 2018, after approval by the county and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors last week approved the county’s secondary six-year road plan and 2018-2019 construction priority list, proposed by VDOT.

    Prior to approval, the board held a public hearing in May, which was preceded by a summary of the plan and the year’s funding allocations by Jeff Russell, Wytheville Residency administrator for VDOT.

  • Democratic race hinges on style as much as substance

    Landmark News Service

    In a room usually reserved for sales seminars in downtown Norfolk, Tom Perriello is giving a sales pitch of his own.

    The former congressman who represented Charlottesville and rural Southside Virginia is speaking to a racially diverse group of about 100 potential voters sitting in rows of chairs. They have come to learn more about this candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

  • Republican candidates focus on Va. economy

    Landmark News Service

    Following conventional political wisdom, Ed Gillespie has the edge in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor. He has raised considerably more money and is well ahead in polls.

    But his two opponents beg to differ. They argue that the state’s first GOP governor’s primary in 12 years will be a test of who best motivates voters in what could be a low-turnout affair. In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s surprising political rise, they say, nothing is certain.

  • Three seeking Fancy Gap seat

    Registered voters in the Fancy Gap district will see three names on the ballot for Fancy Gap supervisor in the Republican primary on June 13.

    Those names are Ronnie G. Collins, G.G. “Greg” Spencer and Phillip R. McCraw, not to be confused with the current Fancy Gap supervisor. The current supervisor, Phil D. McCraw, is not running for reelection due to his declining health.

    The Gazette was able to speak to each of the candidates to get an idea about their goals and qualifications and why they wanted to be a supervisor for Carroll County.

  • 'Food security' grant will help local families

    Staff Reports

    Summer can be a tough time for low-income families, when their children lose access to free or reduced-price school meals.

    A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service will provide thousands of students and their families in Galax, Grayson County and six other Southwest Virginia school divisions with increased food security during the summer.