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  • Mayor leads Hillsville clean-up effort

    HILLSVILLE — One month after Hillsville Town Council updated an ordinance on clearing trash and brush off properties, the mayor indicated he plans to lead by example and clean up his own land.
    Council worked with Town Manager Travis Jackson in June to approve its ordinance on “removal of brush and trash by town,” and Mayor Greg Crowder said at the July 22 council meeting that having a good appearance could bring in benefits for Hillsville.

  • Fourth treasurer candidate enters race

    INDEPENDENCE — George R. “Dicky” Whitaker has officially announced his candidacy for the position of Grayson County treasurer.
    Whitaker said he will run as an independent. “I feel that the Lord has opened a door up for me to pursue,” he said in a press release.

  • Fire damages two West Galax businesses

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call early Wednesday, when a blaze ignited in Fire Technologies in West Galax. The fire reportedly burned up through the second floor, causing damage inside the West Galax Diner on the upper floor, as well.

    The fire department was notified of the emergency at 4 a.m., after a Diner employee arrived for her shift and found smoke at the scene.

  • Irwin to seek Wilson District seat in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Kate Irwin of Mouth of Wilson will run as the Democratic candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Irwin is up against independent candidate Arnold Peters and Republican  Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum. The seat is vacant after Mike Maynard passed away on June 28.

  • Relay for Life raises $58,000

    HILLSVILLE — More than 300 people gathered at Carroll County High School on Friday and Saturday for Galax and Carroll County’s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.
    Teams walked in support of loved ones afflicted with cancer, in memory of lost loved ones and in celebration of victories over the disease.
    According to the Relay for Life webpage, this event included 332 participants, and 36 teams, who raised a total of $58,154.17 for cancer research and patient programs.

  • Convention camping rumor debunked

    As the 78th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention approaches, rumors of rain damage in Felts Park causing problems for the city’s largest annual event are running rampant. Fortunately, a phone call to Tom Jones of the Galax Moose Lodge, publicity chairman for the event, dried up that flood of falsehoods.
    “The fiddlers’ convention will go on,” he told The Gazette on Thursday. “We’ve been out here working all day, and as far as I know right now, everything is ready to go just like it is.”

  • Galax man faces assault, kidnapping charges in Ohio

    By AMBER GILLENWATER
    Copyright 2013, Gallipolis (Ohio) Daily Tribune
    Reprinted with permission

    GALLIPOLIS, Ohio. — A Galax, Va., man accused of assaulting and holding his wife against her will was arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County, Ohio, earlier this month.
    Matthew L. Rupe, 33, of Sherwood Road in Galax, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony domestic violence and kidnapping during a hearing on July 12 in the common pleas courtroom.

  • Webb recovers from fire at plant

    Days after a press machine caught fire at the Webb Furniture particleboard plant in Galax, plant manager Junior Frazier reports that things are almost back to normal at the facility.
    “The biggest part of the plant didn’t lose any time. There was only a slight halt in production,” he told The Gazette on Thursday, two days after the fire. “All electrical repairs have been made, and a company from Roanoke is working on hydraulics repairs today [Thursday].”

  • Felons' voting rights will be restored

    If all goes according to plan, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration projects that over six months, it can restore voting rights to one in 10 eligible people who lost them to nonviolent felony convictions.
    That bold undertaking, which could benefit 10,000 of an estimated 100,000 nonviolent felons who’ve completed their terms, is not without its challenges, though.
    Chief among them is locating scores of Virginians who forfeited their rights to vote, a task complicated by a system of spotty electronic state records that go back only to 1995.

  • Heavy equipment auction could be Carroll's largest ever

    HILLSVILLE — Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will put at least 200 lots of heavy construction equipment on the block at an Aug. 14 sale at Wildwood.
    The auction company welcomes more consigners, but the majority of the lots, 180, come from DLB Construction in Hillsville.
    Owner Don Branscome selected Ritchie Bros. for the auction based on their wide marketing campaigns and international reach when it comes to sales.