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  • Winter storm aftermath: what to do about property damage?

    As a result of last week’s winter storm, the American Automobile Association offers tips on how to handle insurances matters relating to damage to your property:
    If your car is damaged by a fallen tree or limbs, file a claim using your vehicle policy’s comprehensive coverage.
    If your tree falls on your house, your insurance will cover removal of the tree and home repairs due to damage.
    If your tree falls on your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s homeowners’ policy would provide insurance coverage.

  • READ THE FEBRUARY 14 E-EDITION

    Due to technical problems, todays online "e-edition" of The Gazette isn't in its usual place on the website.

    Normally, the online edition is found under the "Special Sections" page of the site, but today the individual pages are downloadable from the links on this page. We hope to have the problem fixed later today (Feb. 14) and the online edition will be back where it belongs.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.

    FEBRUARY 14 E-EDITION: CLICK LINKS BELOW TO DOWNLOAD EACH PAGE:

  • Collapse puts N.C. 89 work on hold

    LOWGAP, N.C. — An ongoing project to realign a deadly curve on Lowgap Mountain in N.C. has been delayed after a lack of sturdy rock material on the hillside led to an unexpected collapse.
    The infamous “Snowbird Curve” has built a bad reputation for Route 89, which crosses the state line and runs through Galax. The quarter-mile stretch of road has limited visibility, and is not particularly accommodating to large tractor trailers.

  • 'Andrew's Law' faces hurdles in the House

    HILLSVILLE — A proposal meant to protect state “Samaritan” workers, named in memory of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox, has been approved unanimously by the Senate, but family members worry that the bill will not get a fair hearing in the House of Delegates.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • End is near for Sunday hunting ban

    LRICHMOND — For sportsmen, at long last, times are changing in Virginia.
    The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to repeal a long-standing state ban on some forms of Sunday hunting, a development that all but guarantees the days are numbered for the decades-old prohibition.
    Russell County Democratic Sen. Phillip Puckett’s SB154 was approved on a 29-10 vote. It would allow Sunday hunting on private property with the consent of landowners.

  • Congregation breaks ground for new church

    HILLSVILLE — Dozens of members of Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness joined Pastor Jeff Pickett on his birthday Sunday to break ground on the first phase of the church’s new facility.
    The congregation gathered Feb. 9 on the large, cleared lot near Virginia Street for the ceremony celebrating the 500-seat sanctuary, which will also have Sunday school rooms and a parking lot.
    Along with Pickett and the congregation members, former pastor Ron Fredricks and Bishop Preston Mathena participated in the blessing for the church.

  • Auxiliary gym could solve many issues at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — Adding an auxiliary gym along and other improvements to Carroll County High School would solve a variety of space, accessibility and security issues there, Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told the county supervisors Monday.
    Blankenship attended the regular February supervisors’ meeting at the request of Pine Creek Representative Bob Martin, in connection with a $3.4 million capital improvement plan request involving the high school and an auxiliary gym.

  • Fight for Kroger continues

    It might be difficult to push a shopping cart through Galax’s Kroger parking lot next Tuesday without accidentally bumping into one of the store’s supporters.
    On Feb. 18, beginning at 12:30 p.m., the blacktop could be filled with community members who are sad, angry, frustrated and determined to keep the business open.

  • Hillsville town manager resigns

    HILLSVILLE — Travis Jackson has announced that he will step down as Hillsville’s town manager at the end of this month, after just more than a year on the job.
    Jackson submitted his resignation last week, after he was presented with an opportunity to lead a foundation that he has been a part of for several years.

  • Prison ministry growing at River North

    INDEPENDENCE — Approximately 10 percent of offenders at River North Correctional Center in Independence are now regularly attending River North Men’s Fellowship Church, according to the facility’s new chaplain.
    R.B. Anderson is conducting services while also in training at River North, after having recently been hired by the River North Ministry Council (RNMC) to the part-time chaplain position.