Local News

  • Company considers expansion

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. is considering expanding its facility at 300 E. Grayson St. in Galax to increase the company's efficiency, but this would mean abandoning a portion of Railroad Avenue and Depot Street between East Grayson and East Oldtown streets, Galax City Council announced during a public hearing last Monday.

    Doug Bassett, the company's chief operating officer, said the Vaughan-Bassett is just in the exploratory stages of an expansion. The first step was to talk to city council, gain feedback from the community and gauge interest to see if it could work.

  • Town locks down water contract with prison

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of negotiating back and forth, the Town of Independence has formally reached an agreement with the Virginia Department of Corrections for water to the new prison under construction.

    Town Council received the contracts — signed by DOC Director Gene Johnson — at its regular meeting last Tuesday.

    The agreement states that the DOC anticipates that it may need as much as 150,000 gallons per day, but will typically use around 120,000 gallons per day.

  • Red Hill General Store

    HILLSVILLE — By popular demand, online merchant Red Hill General Store will grow its tiny real world retail space by an additional 4,000 square feet.

    For the last 11 years, partners and employees of the Internet sales outlet based in Hillsville have hustled to keep up with online and phone orders of nutcrackers, galvanized wash tubs, pressure canners and other housewares — and for good reason, according to Tom Largen.

  • Musser resigns as Hillsville fire's chief

     HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Emergency Services Board reinstated a Hillsville firefighter last week, but after a review, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Monday found the advisory commission does not have the authority to make that decision on its own.

    Hillsville Fire Department Chief Mike Musser saw this course of action by the supervisors as a lack of support for his leadership, and he decided that evening to resign his post as chief.

  • Forests to get facelift

    A variety of television shows document some dramatic improvements over a short period of time.

    Make-up artists and plastic surgeons "create" new "looks" for people; carpenters and interior decorators completely revamp old homes for deserving individuals and auto mechanics push the envelop with shows like "Pimp My Ride" and "Trick My Truck."

  • Fire department seeks sub-station

    BRIDLE CREEK — Following suit with another volunteer fire department in Grayson County, the Independence squad will seek an old school building to further benefit residents of its coverage area.

    Independence Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Smith told The Gazette that his department is looking to take over Bridle Creek Elementary when it closes next month to place a sub-station at the building.

  • Murder appeal denied

    RICHMOND — A 58-year-old Ivanhoe man has no more opportunities to appeal his murder conviction after the Virginia Supreme Court declined to hear his case recently.

    Robert Allen Dutton was convicted in the Jan. 3, 2007, shooting death of his estranged wife, 41-year-old Sandra. The two had been living apart for several months when the incident took place at the home they had shared at 47 Jasper Lane in Ivanhoe.

    Dutton was also found guilty of burglary and use of a firearm. He was sentenced to two life terms plus three years in prison.

  • Carroll PSA increases utility rates

    HILLSVILLE — No citizens showed up at Monday's Carroll Public Service Authority meeting to speak on proposed water and sewer rate increases, but the authority members still approved the higher fees "with heavy hearts."

    County Administrator Gary Larrowe repeated just before the public hearing started that the authority basically has to implement the increases to continue getting federal Rural Development funding for the many ongoing water and sewer projects in Carroll.


    INDEPENDENCE — You won't see it sailing up the New River, but the U.S. Navy's latest war ship will be commissioned early next year with support from a Grayson County town that bears its name.

    The navy will commission, or formally put into service, the littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Independence on Jan. 16, 2010.

    The ship is one of two models the navy is considering for its next generation of shallow-water warships and was built at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

  • Juvenile stabbed in Grayson

    MOUTH OF WILSON — A Mouth of Wilson man has been charged after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old male three times the night of Nov. 15.

    Grayson County deputies were called to a home in Mouth of Wilson around 11:47 p.m., according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    Deputies Arnold Peters and Alan Graham, along with Virginia State Trooper Jerry Sowers, responded to the scene.

    Vaughan said the juvenile and Efrin Sanchez-Cruz, 26, of 1983 Troutdale Highway, reportedly got into an argument over beer.