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  • Mayor hears support, opposition from citizens

    HILLSVILLE — Two citizens took the opportunity at Monday’s town council meeting to speak about the Hillsville mayor’s misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
    The citizens who spoke were evenly split in their opinions — one said it is too early to judge Mayor Greg Crowder after he was charged in Bristol by a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agent in August, while the other said Crowder should step down for the good of Hillsville.

  • Fender investigated 9/11 Pentagon attack

    Almost everyone remembers what they were doing when the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
    What Southwest Virginia native Doug Fender remembers about that day is how he spent the following weeks immersed in an investigation of the crime scenes, uncovering evidence that tied these tragedies to the terrorists who were responsible.
    Fender is a former special agent and senior special agent bomb technician with the FBI.

  • Chaplain serves on front lines in times of crisis

    HILLSVILLE ― The new Carroll County Sheriff's Office volunteer chaplain dedicates his ministry to keeping deputies healthy, so they can continue to serve the community.
    Police and emergency workers do an honorable job of serving others and putting themselves in tense situations on every shift, and Vernon Landreth wants to make sure that they have an outlet of their own, when or if they need it.

  • Crossroads gets new crossroads

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Construction is completed on a new road connecting Crossroads Institute's main campus on East Stuart Drive and the new Higher Education Center building on Cranberry Road in Galax.
    The road was opened to the public Sept. 5 and eliminated the tricky left turn that used to be required when traveling to the Higher Education Center from the main building.

  • Family carries on Gravley’s legacy of helping others

    HILLSVILLE ― Family and friends of the Jamie Gravley, who died at the young age of 22 from a blood clot, will honor his memory by sharing Christmas joy with deserving children.
    Project Jamie's Christmas Wish will try to emulate Jamie in life ― his caring and his generosity for others, said wife Melanie Gravley and mother Dee Brooks.
    Gravley's death, caused by a blood clot that traveled to his lungs, left his loved ones stunned, because of his youth and general good health.

  • Sept. 11 memorial service planned in Galax

    The community is invited to attend the second annual 9/11 Memorial Service on Sept. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. in front of the Galax Police Department.
    This year will mark the 12th anniversary of the tragedy, when America witnessed a terrorist attack that resulted in nearly 3,000 lost lives.
    The event is hosted by Twin County Funerals, which introduced the ceremony last year to thank the area’s first responders.

  • City defends reduction in speed limits

    In light of community backlash against the recent introduction and enforcement of new speed limits in Galax, city officials are publicly standing by the changes.
    City Manager Keith Barker explained the reasons behind the decision to alter several speed limits in the area, including a reduced speed from 45 to 35 mph to the East Stuart Drive stretch and a reduction from 35 to 25 mph on West Stuart Drive.

  • VDOT reveals plans for interstates 77 and 81

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has some new additions and plans for long-term improvements for interstates 77 and 81 in Southwest Virginia.
    A traffic pattern change on I-81 at Exit 81 at Fort Chiswell will increase the amount of traffic that can access Interstate 77 southbound toward North Carolina.
    Motorists now have the option to use the middle lane of I-81 northbound to exit onto I-77 south or to stay on I-81 north.
    Prior to the change, only the right lane provided access to I-77 and the middle lane continued north on I-81.

  • Walls running for Grayson School Board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Brian Walls of Mouth of Wilson has announced his candidacy for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    In a news release, Walls said, “I have seen how our children have been left out of so many opportunities, and it breaks my heart to see our children’s future in jeopardy. I am running to be a voice for the people of the Wilson District.

  • DEQ: high zinc level not harmful to New River

    ABINGDON  — New River water quality will not create any health problems for Southwest Virginia residents, despite a high level of zinc being swept by heavy rains into a tributary in Austinville from mining waste, a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality supervisor tells The Gazette.