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  • Pastor dies in hunting accident

    A 60-year-old Fries man died Nov. 16 while hunting in the Clito section of Grayson County.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Sam Kinzer, a local pastor, was hunting with his grandsons when he fell out of his tree stand on Saturday, the opening day of firearms hunting season.
    The Fries Volunteer Rescue Squad responded, but Kinzer died at the scene.
    Vaughan said Kinzer’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke on Monday for an autopsy to help determine the cause of death.

  • Wilson seat could be filled early

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson supervisors hope they have held their last meeting with a vacant seat this month after the passing of former chairman Mike Maynard this summer.
    Earlier this month, Republican Glen Rosenbaum beat out Democrat Kate Irwin for the vacant Wilson District seat.

  • Carroll pays back utility money

    RICHMOND — Rural Development has ordered Carroll County Public Service Authority to pay back $266,167 in federal utilities money that the agency says the PSA improperly used to install a sewer line to Joy Ranch Road.
    The authority, after repaying those dollars, has appealed the federal agency’s ruling, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell told The Gazette last Thursday. The appeal is still in process.

  • Supervisors recognize outgoing treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors approved a resolution recognizing the service of retiring Treasurer Junior Young during their regular meeting on Nov. 14.
    The resolution recognized Young for his “exemplary service to Grayson County and the fine citizens herein.”
    It further stated that Young has served as Treasurer since 1979, for a total of 34 years. The board commended Young for his “lasting commitment and dedication to the county.”

  • Local Red Cross aiding Philippines

    The American Red Cross has dispatched telecommunications specialists with satellite equipment to the Philippines to help restore the connections from the island chain to the rest of the world after Super Typhoon Haiyan caused massive devastation there Nov. 8.

  • Blight epidemic spreading

    Over the past two years, a fungus that infects and deteriorates boxwood plants has rapidly spread to different localities in the state of Virginia.
    Although previous attempts to eradicate the boxwood blight from spreading to other plants have failed, experts are still attempting to curb the epidemic and are encouraging members of the community to help.
    On Nov. 7, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services [VDACS], along with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, held a meeting at the Virginia Department of Forestry office in Galax.

  • Local jobless outnumber new positions

    Recent job announcements in the hundreds should cause the unemployment rate in the Twin Counties to tick lower, but thousands of local people need work, said the Virginia Employment Commission manager.

  • Deputies charge two with child abuse

    HILLSVILLE — A report of a 4-year-old child with serious burns has led to charges against against two adults, according to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Deputies received a call from Twin County Regional Hospital on Nov. 6 about the child.

  • Animal rescue seeking donors

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Rugby Creek Animal Rescue in Grayson County is raising money to build a series of kennels in an effort to rescue and find new homes for orphaned dogs.

  • United Way making a comeback

    Backed by the support from its recent merger with United Way Virginia Highlands, the Twin County Regional Cabinet of the non-profit organization is making a steady comeback.
    The major changes that have recently taken place with United Way led to a unique campaign in the area this year. In March, Twin County United Way announced a merger with United Way Virginia Highlands. The new partnership spans the five counties of Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth and Washington; and the City of Galax.