Local News

  • Sylvatus fire's cause under investigation


    HILLSVILLE — Investigators continue to look into the cause of a fire that destroyed a home at 286 Bakers Mine Road last Tuesday.
    Carroll deputy Barry Lineberry worked with Virginia State Police to investigate a blaze that firefighters found suspicious.
    As of last Thursday they had not determined a cause, but they found that the fire started in the corner of the house owned by Katherine Vickers, Lineberry said.
    The investigation is being complicated by the major heat and damage caused by the fire.

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  • Fire's cause investigated


  • Grayson, Galax voters head to the polls

    Three new faces will join Fries Town Council, after voters voted to oust three incumbents in Tuesday’s municipal election, and an incumbent council member who did not file for re-election was returned to council anyway in Independence.
    Ten candidates were seeking seven at-large seats in Fries.

  • Hillsville picks Crowder as new mayor

    HILLSVILLE  — It looks like Hillsville voters wanted some change as two incumbents, including the mayor, fell to their challengers in the May 1 municipal elections.
    Mayor Bill Tate sought re-election to a third term, but faced a challenge from entrepreneur Greg Crowder.
    All challengers ran on a theme of change in town government.
    While standing in the sun outside the polls at the Grover King VFW Post 1115  for most of Election Day, both mayoral candidates maintained that the race remained neck and neck.

  • Carroll makes adjustments to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE  — Counting more court fines and forfeitures and paying down debts on the county complex and Public Service Authority obligations this year will help Carroll County cover the $1.8 million in new revenue it plans to provide to the schools next year, budget committee members learned at a meeting last Friday.

  • Crossroads to host leadership conference

    Community leaders in the Twin County area will have access to the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders such as Tim Tebow, Soledad O’Brien and John Maxwell on Friday at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.
    The event, which begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m., will include a full day of activities and lunch.
    Jerry King of Carroll County Public Schools will emcee the local event.


    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.