Local News

  • Church drowning in water bill debt

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church could hold car washes to raise money for its financial crisis, as many churches do, but using all that water would just add to its troubles.
    A leak at the church caused an estimated one million gallons of water to run through the system, and into the town’s sewer system.
    Hillsville Town Council on Aug. 13 discussed the church’s dilemma, but the amount of the water and sewer bill the town can forgive is just a drop in the bucket.

  • Final ruling decides training center's fate

    RICHMOND — A federal court judge dismissed a complaint to prevent the closing of Virginia’s training centers, while giving final approval to a settlement agreement between the state and the U.S. Department of Justice regarding care for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

  • Register by Friday for Senior Olympics

    Seniors 50 and older in the Twin County area have an opportunity to participate in the first-ever Twin County Senior Olympics on Sept. 14 and 15, but time is running out to register.
    The deadline for registration is this Friday — Aug. 31.
    The recreation departments from Carroll, Galax and Grayson, along with the Hillsville Rotary Club and Carroll Wellness Center, have teamed up to sponsor the Olympics. “They have worked very hard to make this a reality for us,” said Dennis Ward of Hillsville, the event’s organizer.

  • Veterans memorial nearing completion

    It’s been a long time coming, but the 3,600-square-foot Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial is another step closer to being completed.
    The city recently contracted with North Carolina Granite Corp. to provide and install memorial stones at the site by the end of October. The memorial stones will represent each of the military branches.
    A dedication is to be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at the memorial beside the Galax Public Library.

  • Town will use panel to hire police chief

    HILLSVILLE  — Mayor Greg Crowder is eager to hire a new town manager, so issues involving economic development and utilities won’t continue to be delayed.
    The hiring process could be time-consuming, as the town has received a total of 80 applications for the manager post and a police chief vacancy.

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  • Isom appointed to Fries Town Council


  • Independence names new town manager


  • Carroll soldier recovers from blast

    SEATTLE, Wash. — The parents of U.S. Army PFC Eric Sabath report that the solider remains in good spirits while receiving medical treatment for injuries to his feet from an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.
    Sabath is well-known in Hillsville and surrounding communities as a 2009 graduate of Carroll County High School and as an employee of the Hillsville Subway for five years, said his mother, Yvette Sabath.
    She spoke to The Gazette on Monday, while visiting the soldier in a Washington state hospital.

  • Save Green Expo returns in September

    The theme of this year’s third annual Save Green  EXPO is “Personal and Planetary Wellness,” which ties into the event’s focus on saving two kinds of green — cash and the environment.
    The goal of this event is to educate local residents on economical ways to improve their health and support a cleaner and healthier environment.
    Grayson LandCare will hold the expo at the Crossroads Institute in Galax on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, and all ages are invited to participate.