Local News

  • Hillsville picks Crowder as new mayor

    HILLSVILLE  — It looks like Hillsville voters wanted some change as two incumbents, including the mayor, fell to their challengers in the May 1 municipal elections.
    Mayor Bill Tate sought re-election to a third term, but faced a challenge from entrepreneur Greg Crowder.
    All challengers ran on a theme of change in town government.
    While standing in the sun outside the polls at the Grover King VFW Post 1115  for most of Election Day, both mayoral candidates maintained that the race remained neck and neck.

  • Carroll makes adjustments to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE  — Counting more court fines and forfeitures and paying down debts on the county complex and Public Service Authority obligations this year will help Carroll County cover the $1.8 million in new revenue it plans to provide to the schools next year, budget committee members learned at a meeting last Friday.

  • Crossroads to host leadership conference

    Community leaders in the Twin County area will have access to the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders such as Tim Tebow, Soledad O’Brien and John Maxwell on Friday at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.
    The event, which begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., will include a full day of activities and lunch.
    Jerry King of Carroll County Public Schools will emcee the local event.


    Voters in the City of Galax and the towns of Fries, Hillsville, Independence and Troutdale went to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections. The winners will take office July 1.

    See Friday's edition of The Gazette and www.galaxgazette.com for more election coverage.



    Four candidates seeking three at-large seats

    • Bob Lazo — 210 (26.99%)

  • Town, city to hold elections

    Voters in the City of Galax and towns in Grayson and Carroll Counties will go to the polls on Tuesday for municipal elections.
    Several challengers have come forward to run against incumbent members of city council and town councils.
    In Galax, there are four candidates seeking three seats that expire June 30.
    Incumbents Bill Webb, Sharon Plichta and Bob Lazo are seeking re-election. Michael Stevens is challenging for one of those seats.


  • Citizen says town should put a cork in Bottle House plans


  • Deficit larger than expected in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County finds itself nearly a half million dollars in the hole after discovering an error in calculating projected expenses for the 2012-13 budget year.
    This unwelcome news comes a week after the first budget work session, when the spending plan showed a deficit of only $287,000.

  • Officer Crouse's name added to memorial wall


  • APCo seeks rate increase

    Just as Appalachian Power Co. customers are adjusting to an average 7.4 increase in electricity bills, another hike could be on the way.
    Appalachian announced this week that it is seeking to increase the assessment it charges customers to recover higher costs of coal and other fuel. If approved, the increase would mean another 7 percent increase in monthly bills for residential customers.
    The so-called fuel factor is a dollar-for-dollar recovery of the amount utilities pay for power generation and does not offer a profit for Appalachian.

  • Airport plans new terminal, other improvements