Local News

  • Shaw seeks Oldtown seat in Grayson

    Staff Report

    Larry “Luke” Shaw is a candidate for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors Oldtown District in the Nov. 3 election.

    Shaw is a lifelong resident of Grayson County, having lived his whole life in the Oldtown District. He is the son of the late Connie and Nora Shaw and has raised three children in Grayson County, all of whom have been educated in the Grayson County Public School System.

  • Combs seeks fourth term on board

    Wynn Johnson Combs will seek another term for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board this November.

    Combs, an independent candidate, will be challenged this year by Randy L. Shinault, also independent for the seat.

  • Davis, Helmick seek seat on Galax City Council

    Galax City Council elections are typically in May, but one seat is up for grabs on Nov. 3 in a special election.

    After council member Bill Webb left before the end of his term, council appointed William “Bill” Davis to fill his position until elections this fall.

    Now, Davis is running to be elected to the post and Ches Helmick is challenging. Davis is a manager at First Citizens Bank in Galax; Helmick is a financial advisor at Edward Jones of Galax.

  • Candidate addresses police report

    Candidate Shannon Goad has sent letters to registered voters in which he defends himself against claims about a traffic stop, which was cited in letters sent out by opposition to his bid for Carroll County sheriff.

    Claims involving Goad, who was named in a 2013 traffic stop report filed by a North Carolina trooper, were made in public mailings. A copy of the police report was mailed to The Gazette and to citizens in Carroll County.

  • Task force busts meth operation

    Staff Report

    Two local drug task forces have reported the sentencing of several major drug traffickers as a result of an ongoing federal investigation being conducted in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the overall federal investigation involves a large-scale drug trafficking group responsible for the importation and distribution of methamphetamine in and around the City of Galax; Carroll, Grayson, Wythe and Pulaski counties; and the Town of Pulaski.

  • Spark causes explosion at Webb plant

    An industrial explosion Monday morning at the Webb Particle Board plant in Galax left no injuries, but required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    According to Assistant Chief Mark Burnett, “When the plant started up, they turned the fan on here; a spark of some sort down in this separator exploded. They turned it off real quick and kept damage to the minimum.”

    “I heard a ‘kaboom!’ and called the fire department,” said Dean Oakley, who drives a truck for the company, recounting the incident on scene.

  • Factory explosion causes no injuries


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    An industrial explosion at Webb Particleboard in Galax left no injuries but required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.


  • Brooks challenges for county prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — Roger Brooks, a Republican, is challenging independent incumbent Douglas Vaught for the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney seat in the Nov. 3 election.

    “I decided to run for commonwealth’s attorney because I see the position as another opportunity to give back to the community,” Brooks said in an email to the newspaper. “For 20 years, I have provided services, often for free, for fire departments, rescue squads, churches, even towns in Grayson County.”

  • Council members object to motto

    At the Oct. 12 Galax City Council meeting, a heated debate broke out when Galax Police Chief Rick Clark rose to address council regarding the “In God We Trust” project.

    The project, according to Clark, involves approving the phrase “In God We Trust” as the official motto of Galax, as well as adding it to police cruisers, “because that phrase, or some form of that phrase, is deeply seated in the history of our nation,” said Clark.

    Two city council members objected to the motto, on both theological and secular grounds.

  • Five candidates unopposed in Carroll election

    HILLSVILLE – The November election in Carroll County will have several unopposed incumbents on the ballot. Those include Nathan Lyons for commonwealth’s attorney, Fran McPherson for commissioner of revenue, R.J. “Bob” Martin Jr. for the Pine Creek district seat on the board of supervisors, Olen Gallimore for the Pine Creek district seat on the school board and Reginald “Reggie” Gardner for the Sulphur Springs district seat on the school board.

    Olen Gallimore