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  • Gillespie, Northam will face off for governor

    Landmark News Services and Staff Reports

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will face former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia’s governor this fall after each candidate won their party’s primary election Tuesday.

    Northam won 56 percent of the vote statewide, and former Congressman Tom Periello won 44 percent.

  • City had no traffic deaths last year

    Staff Report

    Galax is among 21 Virginia localities that did not report a traffic fatality in 2016, and the city has experienced a marked decrease in traffic accidents since lowering the speed limit on Stuart Drive four years ago.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles commended the localities that had no fatalities in a statement this week.

    Fifteen of the 21 jurisdictions without a fatality were cities.

    There were 761 crash deaths in Virginia last year. Carroll County reported six, and Grayson County reported three.

  • Traffic stop results in drug charges

    Staff Report

    A traffic stop in Galax resulted in drug charges for a city resident.

    Martina Victoria Hall, 28, of Galax, was charged by Officer Silverio Gonzales, who was assigned to traffic safety duties as part of a Virginia DMV-funded traffic safety grant, according to a report from the Galax Police Department. Hall was stopped on June 5. Gonzales discovered suspected cocaine, marijuana and a Schedule IV substance in her possession, according to the report.

  • Grayson opens sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Six more sealed indictments issued by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on April 28 have been opened.

    Indictments against three people were sealed until the suspects were arrested.

    Three indictments were handed down against Brian James Hayes of Whitetop. They included one count of grand larceny of a firearm, one count of larceny with the intent to sell stolen property; and one count of possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life raises $59,600

    HILLSVILLE — The Galax/Carroll County Relay for Life held on June 9 at Thompson Field of Carroll County High School raised $59,600 towards the 2017 goal, and the local teams have until September to reach their overall goal of $65,000 to help the American Cancer Society.

    This year’s theme was “Relay Around the World” and each team’s campsite represented a different country.

    Attendees enjoyed food, face painting, a water balloon toss, inflatables and other games throughout the evening.

  • JUNE 13 PRIMARY RESULTS

    Unofficial results of the June 13 primaries, from the Virginia State Board of Elections

    CARROLL SUPERVISORS: FANCY GAP DISTRICT

    Ronnie Collins

    • St. Paul — 47 (27%)

    • Mount Bethel — 22 (29%)

    • Lambsburg — 42 (33%)

    • Fancy Gap — 42 (53%)

    • Absentee — 5 (45%)

    • TOTAL — 158 (34%)

    G.G. “Greg” Spencer

  • Foster families needed

    By ABBY BODNAR, Staff

    The Galax and Grayson departments of social services have seen a rise in the number of foster children moving through their systems.

    The numbers have been traditionally low in the counties, but recently this hasn’t been the case lately.

    There are currently 26 foster families in Grayson, and to keep up with the growing number of children, the county will need many more. Galax has seen growth for around 14 months and social services has 19 children in its care. Before March, Galax only had two children.

  • BBB warns of phony Comcast callers

    Scammers are calling Comcast customers in Western Virginia and claiming there are issues with the cable system that require access to homes.
    Multiple Western Virginia residents have told the Better Business Bureau they have received calls from someone claiming they are from Comcast, but Comcast confirmed that they are not experiencing issues in their area, and that technicians are not contacting customers in this manner.

  • Two candidates vie for Laurel Fork seat

    The Laurel Fork seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will be up for election this November and two individuals will face off during the Republican primary on June 13.

    Incumbent Joshua Hendrick will face newcomer Joe Neil Webb. In interviews with The Gazette, both candidates explained why they have entered the race and what they hope to achieve if elected.

    Joe Neil Webb

  • Police recover body from New River

    Staff Report

    A body was recovered from the New River in Carroll County on June 8, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The sheriff said law enforcement responded to the area of the Byllesby Pool Boat Ramp, off of River Hill Road in the Hebron community of the county, after fishermen called to report that they had seen a body in the river.

    Gardner confirmed that a female body was pulled from the river and sent for autopsy by the state medical examiner.

    On June 9, Gardner said the medical examiner had ruled the death a suicide.