Local News

  • Griffith wins 9th District in upset

    BRISTOL — Republican Morgan Griffith won a stunning victory in the 9th Congressional District on Tuesday, unseating 28-year incumbent Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) and accomplishing a task thought impossible just a few months ago.

    Griffith rode a wave of momentum, distaste for President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and a flood of outside money that helped level the playing field against Boucher's heftier campaign fundraising.

  • Griffith defeats Boucher in 9th District













    Candidate               Statewide*   Carroll**   Grayson     Galax

    Rick C. Boucher       46.45%       39.05%     41.76%   49.69%

  • On The Ballot

     There are no local races on Tuesday's ballot, but voters have a choice to make in the 9th Congressional District, which includes Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

    The three-way race pits Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon), who has held the office for 28 years, against state Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), the state House Majority Leader and one of the most powerful Republicans in Virginia; and independent candidate Jeremiah Heaton, a country store owner from Damascus whose campaign is mostly self-funded.

  • Updated - Missing man found in Laurel Fork

     HILLSVILLE — The search for the missing Laurel Fork man ended today at noon, when he approached a house in eastern Carroll County, authorities say.Tom Funderburke of Misty Pine Lane walked up to a home on Little Valley Road just before noon, ending a search that covered parts of Carroll and Patrick counties for two days.
    Laurel Fork Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene to check out Funderburke's condition.


  • ABC law violations reported

     Between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2010, Virginia’s Alcohol Beverage Control board issued final orders in alcohol law violation cases against several local bars, restaurants and stores licensed to sell alcohol. 

    The orders list what violators were charged with, how much they were fined and how long their licenses to sell alcohol were suspended.

  • I-77 to remain 65 mph through Carroll


    The Gazette corrects errors in its news columns that come to its attention. The Gazette also wishes to clarify points when a misunderstanding of content occurs.

    Due to misreading a map of interstates that will have speed limits raised to 70 mph, a story in Oct. 22 edition of The Gazette was incorrect. The section of Interstate 77 through Carroll County will NOT be increased to 70 mph.

  • Planner: Carroll should protect farm land

    HILLSVILLE — Why put Carroll's agricultural heritage at risk with poorly planned development, when trends show that there are plenty of lots available to provide enough housing for the next 20 years?

  • Family of 11 loses home to fire

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of James and Kim Peterson expressed their gratitude for all the support from the community following a fire that destroyed their home on the night of Oct. 10.

    Sue Worley, Kim Peterson’s mother, said the family was at an Independence restaurant eating supper when the fire started at about 7:30 p.m.

    A neighbor smelled smoke and called James Peterson on his cell phone.

  • Galax plans road projects

    Adjustments to the Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive intersection, located near Subway restaurant in Galax, should be complete October 2011, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told city council at its Oct. 11 meeting. 

    Barker met with Dan Huff of Hillsville's Virginia Department of Transportation office to discuss the state of projects within the city. The largest project listed is for improvements to the intersection at Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive, which is estimated to cost $2.6 million. 

  • Amendments will be on ballot

     Virginia voters will be asked to vote on three constitutional amendments Nov. 2.

    The topics cover property tax relief, property tax relief for veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability, and increasing the size of Virginia’s “rainy day fund”