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  • Fire damages home

    HILLSVILLE — A family pet was lost in a house fire on Christmas Day in Hillsville, according to David Young of the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department.

    The HVFD was called out to 200 Virginia Street the afternoon of Dec. 25 after Michael Howlett passed the home and called 911 to report that smoke was coming out of it.

    When Hillsville police arrived on the scene, they let the fire department know that the house was on fire and that the family was out — but there were three pets still in the home.

    Young said a female dog, Kali, lost her life.

  • Backpack Buddies

    The number of Galax students participating in Backpack Buddies rose from 65 in September to 135 this month, and the number keeps growing, said Alison Bolen, an organizer of the program.

    Bolen and friends Jacquie Roberts and Stepahannie Dees came together to start up the program to help feed every hungry child in the community. Roberts, Dees and Bolen, along with a slew of volunteers fill backpacks with kid-friendly snacks and meals each Friday at Galax Presbyterian Church, where Bolen is a member, to send home with children in need.

  • Public record for 1/6/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.

    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Severe winter storm claims one

    With winter officially still on the horizon, frozen roads in Carroll County claimed a second victim from a vehicle crash in one week.

    Virginia State Police are saying that Barbara Larue Allen of Willis died in a one-vehicle accident while driving during the severe storm Friday at about 3:45 p.m. That system dropped more than a foot of snow on the Twin Counties Friday and Saturday.

    The report says that Allen was operating a 2000 Chevy Blazer on Virginia 664, just south of Virginia 662, when she lost control on the snow covered road.

  • Swine flu vaccine available for all

    Any Virginian who wants a vaccine for the swine flu is now free to seek one.

    Previously, the state had asked that only those in high-priority groups step forward for the vaccine that wards against the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. Now that more doses are available, state health commissioner Karen Remley said on Monday that she is opening the door to others.

    "We are wide open for any Virginian," Remley said during a media briefing.

  • Putting nature's power to work

    Harvesting the power of nature with a lightweight, portable, clean electricity generator could cause a surge of retail sales among campers and farmers, according to an academic consultant marketing study.

    First, Christopher Thomas of Woodlawn has to figure out a way to get his patented hydroelectric generator prototype through financing and into production.

    He has sought help for compact water and wind turbines from local economic developers, which in turn led to the market assessment by a group from Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

  • Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas from the staff of The Gazette — "Your News, Your Paper."

  • County policies challenged

    HILLSVILLE — Why rush an unnecessary update to the comprehensive plan while at the same time delaying the real estate reassessment?

    That's question one citizen wants Carroll supervisors to answer.

    When most county residents wanted to talk about a proposed nuisance dog ordinance at the Dec. 7 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, Mike Goldwasser wanted the county officials to explain the differences in their decisions on the comprehensive plan and the reassessment.

    A comprehensive plan helps a locality set goals for 20 years into the future.

  • Meth, guns, cash seized near school

    Two North Carolina men have been charged with drug distribution for allegedly selling drugs on school property in Carroll County.

    Sheriff Warren Manning said deputies responded to Gladeville School around 1 a.m. on Dec. 23, in reference to a call about a vehicle sitting behind the school on Glendale Road.

    Deputies Bobby Lyons and Barry Lineberry found two men sitting in the vehicle. After obtaining permission to search the 2002 Chrysler 300M, the deputies recovered two ounces of methamphetamine and a 9mm pistol.

  • Grayson students excel in college

    INDEPENDENCE — On a night filled with bad news of state funding cuts and delays in the opening of a new school, Grayson County leaders were proud to share with the school board how the school system is preparing its students for the next chapter of their lives.

    Grayson Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett, along with head guidance counselor Margit West, took time to brag on the children during the school board meeting Dec. 14.