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  • Prison in deep freeze

    INDEPENDENCE — As John Garman walks the hallways and cellblocks of Virginia's newest prison, he is met at every turn by eerie silence.
    Prisons are noisy places, and by now this sprawling, 1,024-bed complex should be a cacophony of buzzing electronic gates, metal clanking on metal, and hundreds of voices raised above the din.

  • Broccoli could be cash crop

    HILLSVILLE — Already fertile ground for about 150 acres of broccoli, local farmers will participate in an effort to grow a heat tolerant variety that will supply the vegetable to the East Coast.

    Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Wythe Morris will work with a team of researchers headed by Cornell University to ramp up production here, instead of transporting about 90 percent of broccoli that ends up in stores across the country.

  • Citizen alleges conflict


    Click on the links at the end of this story to view original documents, including the property deed, Gary Larrowe's financial disclosures and minutes of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority meetings. Also, click on the video link to see Mike Goldwasser speaking at the December meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

  • Anti-fluoride group asks Grayson to omit chemical

    INDEPENDENCE — To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That is the question Grayson County leaders will have to make in the coming weeks for a new water system that will serve the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C.
    After citizens showed up in masses to both Alleghany County Commissioners and Sparta Town Council with 1,000-plus signatures on a petition against fluoridation, both N.C. governments voted against the procedure for the new water system being developed by the Virginia-Carolina Regional Water Authority.

  • City to address housing, flooding

    Since the city has wrapped up the downtown revitalization project, construction of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, the permanent stage in Felts Park and other projects, it has begun looking into funding for improving the Givens/Shaw/Barger street areas.

    The city plans to seek Community Development Block Grants through the Department of Housing and Community Development and funding through other agencies.

  • Boucher looks back on 28 years of service

    For 28 years, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher divided his time between the mountains of Southwest Virginia and the ornate buildings on Capitol Hill.
    By all accounts, the long-serving congressman's roots and life in the 9th District thoroughly influenced his work in Washington — and vice versa.

    Boucher was known on Capitol Hill for his work on the cutting edge of technology and telecommunications, and he consistently tried to use that knowledge to build a 21st century economy in Southwest Virginia.




    Results will appear in the Jan. 7, 2011 edition of The Gazette.

  • Extension changes opposed


    HILLSVILLE — Severe cuts to Virginia Cooperative Service personnel is no way to grow a new generation of community leaders, said concerned citizens protesting the agency's restructuring.
    Five speakers talked to the Carroll Board of Supervisors earlier this month about the benefits of having an Extension office and personnel in the county — not five counties sharing one.

  • Gooch Harmon remembered as historian, businessman

    WOODLAWN — Gooch Harmon — noted local historian, clothing and boot outlet proprietor and car dealer — passed away at his home on Christmas Day at the age of 82.
    Gleaves “Gooch” Howard Harmon Jr. of Woodlawn was recently profiled by The Gazette, for his vast collection of relics preserving many aspects of Carroll County's past.

    Harmon's Museum is a local landmark, housed in the Woodlawn outlet stores billed as the "Boot Capital of Virginia.”

  • Galax to spend more on snow removal

    With the snowfalls and an ice storm that have already happened this year, Galax can only hope for a milder winter in 2011, said City Manager Keith Barker, as the city looks at new ways of preparing for the worst.

    Last year, the city budgeted $80,000 for snow removal and $20,000 for overtime. However, the city spent well over $150,000 clearing snow and ice last year, with at least $97,400 spent on snow removal materials alone, and another $26,600 in overtime pay for crew.