.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Hillsville designated 'Preserve America' community

    HILLSVILLE — The town's history has landed it a significant designation, becoming one of the country's newest "Preserve America" communities.

    Mayor Randall Gravely announced the achievement at Monday's meeting of Hillsville Town Council, and read a congratulatory letter from First Lady Laura Bush, honorary chairman of Preserve America.

    "This will allow Hillsville to apply for grants that we couldn't have otherwise," Gravely said. "We're going to put this to good use."

  • Asbestos discovery stalls prison construction

    INDEPENDENCE — Workers have stopped construction at a medium-security prison site near Independence after discovering naturally occurring asbestos in rock there.

    Workers found the naturally occurring asbestos vein on May 9, said Virginia Department of Corrections Director Larry Traylor.

  • Galax changing signals

    Throughout the next few weeks, the City of Galax will phase out the current loop system at intersections along East Stuart Drive (U.S. 58) and install cameras above traffic signals to improve the traffic flow patterns and help save the city money.

    Installing cameras at one intersection each time, it may take six to eight weeks to install all of the cameras. The city will start at the Cranberry Road/East Stuart Drive intersection on Monday, closing one lane of traffic for the installation.

  • Carroll PSA flushes fees

    HILLSVILLE — Service fees got flushed — for the time being — and alternative sewage treatment options resurfaced at a special Carroll Public Service Authority meeting on Tuesday.

    Authority members resolved several outstanding water and sewer system questions at the meeting, like scheduling a public hearing on changes in fees and rates.

  • Adult abuse too often ignored

    Each year, elders and incapacitated adults are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation by caretakers and others.

    Signified by a purple ribbon, May is recognized as Adult Abuse Prevention Month, and social services departments in Galax, Carroll and Grayson get out information to make the public aware of the overwhelming statistics and what can be done to prevent abuse.

    Byron Fowler, a social worker at the Galax Department of Social Services, said he has posted information on church bulletins and provided information to the staff of local nursing homes.

  • Arrest rumors refuted

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite several rumors that spread on Wednesday — that a person of interest had been named in the 2002 murder of Brandon Billings — Grayson Commonwealth Attorney Douglas Vaught said that was not the case.

    “The investigation into the Brandon Billings murder is continuing, although no persons of interest have been identified. Both the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Grayson Sheriff’s Office continue to extend their support to the Billings family,” said Vaught in a press release Wednesday.

  • Texting while driving gets thumbs down

    A popular anti-cell phone bumper sticker says: “Shut up and drive!”

    If you own the sticker, stop reading because what follows will drive you nuts.

    Just more than a third of Virginia drivers surveyed admit they have sent text messages while driving, making this the sixth most active state for the controversial habit, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

    Nationally, 28 percent of those surveyed acknowledged they have typed with the keypads of tiny cell phones while heading down the road.

  • Without funds, free medical clinic in jeopardy

    A clinic that provides free health care to people in need is facing a dire prognosis — without a transfusion of funds in the next month, it may have to close its doors.

    The Free Medical Clinic of the Twin Counties has been serving the community for years, and recently moved into its first permanent home on Oldtown Street in downtown Galax.

    A recent fundraiser brought in $700, but clinic Executive Director Dina Slusher says $15,000 is needed before July 1 to keep the facility open.

  • Opry is sole proposal

    HILLSVILLE — All proposals for developing 91 acres of Carroll-owned land near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange were due in the county administrator’s office last Thursday at 5 p.m.

    When asked by The Gazette how many proposals they had received after the deadline, county officials pointed to a sole white, sealed cardboard package sitting on a desk.

  • Motorcyclist dies in Saturday accident

    HILLSVILLE -- A motorcyclist from Hillsville died in a Saturday morning accident on Virginia 100 near Sylvatus.

    Dickie Lee Edmonds, 40, was traveling north bound on 100 at about 10 a.m. when, according to a Virginia State Police accident report, he tried to pass another vehicle by swinging his 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle onto the right shoulder, said Trooper K.D. Blackburn. This was a spot shoulder there was wider than normal, but the motorcycle went off the side of the road.