Local News

  • 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.

  • Developer wants town to take in streets

    HILLSVILLE — A developer hopes that road blocks to turning two private streets over to Hillsville have come down since her last request in 2004.
    Martha Crowder asked that the town take over maintenance of Smythers and Crowder streets, and the request had the backing of one citizen and Mayor Bill Tate.
    Saying she represented taxpayers, landowners and residents of the two tar-and-gravel streets built in 2002, Crowder asked the town council members to take these two streets into their system.

  • Elderly tax relief increased

    INDEPENDENCE — More Grayson County residents will now be eligible for a tax relief program after supervisors approved changes to the county’s Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Program earlier this month.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought a recommendation to the board of supervisors last month to increase various aspects of the program — which provides relief for elderly residents on fixed incomes who struggle to pay their taxes.

  • Carroll farmers looking to future

    HILLSVILLE — Cana farmers have asked the Carroll supervisors to approve the creation of an agricultural and forestal district along with the comprehensive plan.
    Bennie Quesenberry, president of the Carroll County Farm Bureau, made the request to the supervisors Dec. 14, at the same meeting where county officials approved the updated comprehensive plan.

    This request follows an informational session from November, organized by Cana farmers with Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Webb Flowers.

  • Toys for Tots box stolen

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been charged in connection with the alleged theft of the Toys For Tots donation box from Dollar General on Nov. 17.
    Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams said he received a tip that the suspect police were looking for in the case was in town last Wednesday night.
    Adams, along with Grayson County deputies and Sgt. Gary Hash, were searching the area when the suspect was located in a yard at 403 West Main Street.
    Christopher Michael Cardona, 27, of Elkin, N.C., was arrested and charged with grand larceny.