Local News


    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


  • Worship center permit approved

    INDEPENDENCE — New Harvest Christian Worship received approval earlier this month from the Grayson County Board of Supervisors for a special use permit to conduct worship services on its site off Pipers Gap Road.
    Pastor Richard Fitzgerald attended the public hearing and spoke about the church he and his wife founded in February 2001.

  • Hope House needs help to continue homeless ministry

    Hope House of the Good Shepherd Inc., a shelter and recovery center in Galax, serves the critical needs of the homeless and hurting.
    Hope House offers five-day emergency housing, as well as a longer term transitional housing program for residents who participate in the Life Plan Recovery Program. This ministry addresses all aspects of recovery and loss in a holistic approach dealing with the mind, body, spirit and soul.

  • State police to investigate conflict question

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s commonwealth’s attorney has asked the Virginia State Police to investigate the question of a possible conflict of interest on the Fancy Gap water and sewer project, according to the Public Service Authority chairman.
    Carroll PSA officials created a broad conflict of interest policy in March that applied to contractors and construction inspectors, but then repealed that rule this month and introduced a narrower proposal that applied to the inspectors.