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  • Warning issued about fraudulent bulldog puppy website

    Consumers are warned about the fraudulent website “Ice Dream Bulldogs,” which claims to sell bulldog puppies, but instead steals customer’s money and does not have puppies for sale.

    The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia issued the alert after it found multiple problems with the website and business practices.

    The website mirrors a similar scam first reported by BBB in 2015 and 2016. Those websites — comfortbulldogs.com, and tinyyorkiepupshome.com — used similar tactics and also listed Southwest Virginia addresses.

  • Griffith seeks 4th term in Congress

    U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith’s 9th Congressional District seat is up for election this November, and the incumbent Republican is facing two challengers on the ballot, plus a write-in candidate.

    Griffith stopped by The Gazette offices to answer a few questions on the campaign trail.

    He has served the past five-and-half years in the U.S. House of Representatives — he’s in his third term — and 17 in the Virginia House of Delegates, from 1994 to 2011.

  • Hammer claims to know cold case details

    Copyright 2016, Civitas Media. Reprinted with permission.

    WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. ― In a letter written from his Virginia prison cell, convicted murderer Freddie P. Hammer has told the Jefferson Post he knows details about two local cold cases that have long stumped investigators.

  • Early SOL scores look good for Galax

    Preliminary SOL scores indicate that Galax has again excelled, according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    “It’s still unofficial … we scored better in math this year than our three-year average,” he said, noting that “we’re seeing the same trend with English.”

    Sturgill informed the Galax School Board about the early results at the Sept. 13 meeting. He said he felt that the targeted remediation classes during mornings during intersession weeks were directly responsible for the upswing.

  • Taco Bell coming to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Town Council held a special called meeting Wednesday night to approve the site plan for a new Taco Bell, which will be located on South Main Street.

    According to Council Member Greg Yonce, the planning commission met on Sept. 29 to review the site plan for approval before it was put before council. The site is located at 145 South Main, next to Pizza Hut and in front of Food Lion.

  • Galax arrests include assault, larceny, neglect

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, last week’s arrests included felony charges of assault, grand larceny, drug offenses, abduction, child neglect and obstruction of justice.

  • Passenger charged with reckless driving

    Staff Report

    After allegedly causing an automobile accident on Delhart Road in Galax and then fleeing the scene on Sept. 22, Sandra Mendez, 19, of Raleigh, N.C., was caught the next day in Galax by the Virginia State Police, according to Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    At 6:55 p.m. the day before, Mendez was a front seat passenger in a Ford SUV driven by her mother, Sandra Villegas, 38, of Sparta, N.C., with three minor children in the back seat.

  • Tax collection effort pays off for Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – A tax collection initiative implemented by Hillsville has proven successful and the town has collected more than $300,000 in delinquent real estate, personal property, meals and transient taxes.

  • WBRF mourns loss of radio host Jason Blevins

    A familiar voice on radio station WBRF-FM for the past 26 years, Jason Blevins is remembered as a beloved DJ and dedicated worker who kept going even during treatment for a rare form of cancer.

    Blevins, 35, passed away on Oct. 1. He had been at the classic country radio station since 1999, and worked his way up to music director and host of a popular midday show.

  • Boyd joins 9th District race as independent

    Staff Report

    Janice Allen Boyd has announced her candidacy for the U.S. Congress 9th District seat.

    The district includes Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

    The independent candidate said she has “traveled over every major and minor road system and met thousands upon thousands of residents” personally to gather signatures on a petition to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot. In a news release, she thanked residents from Abingdon and Christiansburg who put her over the minimum 1,000 signatures she needed.