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  • Grayson adds roads to VDOT's 2018 plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Several roads in Grayson will see improvements in fiscal year 2018, after approval by the county and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors last week approved the county’s secondary six-year road plan and 2018-2019 construction priority list, proposed by VDOT.

    Prior to approval, the board held a public hearing in May, which was preceded by a summary of the plan and the year’s funding allocations by Jeff Russell, Wytheville Residency administrator for VDOT.

  • Democratic race hinges on style as much as substance

    Landmark News Service

    In a room usually reserved for sales seminars in downtown Norfolk, Tom Perriello is giving a sales pitch of his own.

    The former congressman who represented Charlottesville and rural Southside Virginia is speaking to a racially diverse group of about 100 potential voters sitting in rows of chairs. They have come to learn more about this candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

  • Republican candidates focus on Va. economy

    Landmark News Service

    Following conventional political wisdom, Ed Gillespie has the edge in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor. He has raised considerably more money and is well ahead in polls.

    But his two opponents beg to differ. They argue that the state’s first GOP governor’s primary in 12 years will be a test of who best motivates voters in what could be a low-turnout affair. In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s surprising political rise, they say, nothing is certain.

  • Three seeking Fancy Gap seat

    Registered voters in the Fancy Gap district will see three names on the ballot for Fancy Gap supervisor in the Republican primary on June 13.

    Those names are Ronnie G. Collins, G.G. “Greg” Spencer and Phillip R. McCraw, not to be confused with the current Fancy Gap supervisor. The current supervisor, Phil D. McCraw, is not running for reelection due to his declining health.

    The Gazette was able to speak to each of the candidates to get an idea about their goals and qualifications and why they wanted to be a supervisor for Carroll County.

  • 'Food security' grant will help local families

    Staff Reports

    Summer can be a tough time for low-income families, when their children lose access to free or reduced-price school meals.

    A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service will provide thousands of students and their families in Galax, Grayson County and six other Southwest Virginia school divisions with increased food security during the summer.

  • Grayson recreation park ready for summer

    INDEPENDENCE — School’s out for summer; and the Grayson County Recreation Park in Independence is prepared with a slate of activities to keep locals entertained.

    Recreation Park Director Kevin Watson highlighted these activities in a presentation at the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ May meeting.

    Watson began by announcing that the outdoor swimming pool is now open seven days a week, with family nights every Monday and Wednesday.

  • HoustonFest opens Friday in Galax

    Each year HoustonFest is presented by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and a small army of community volunteers. It’s done all in memory of banjo prodigy and volunteer firefighter Houston Caldwell.

    This year’s festival will be held on June 9-10 in Galax’s Felts Park. Caldwell passed away in 2010 at age 18.

  • Lifesaving devices donated to Hillsville PD

    HILLSVILLE — The Friends of Hillsville, along with a grant from Mohawk Industries, have made it possible for all vehicles of the town’s police department to be equipped with automated external defibrillator (AED) devices.

    At Hillsville Town Council’s May 22 meeting, Mayor Greg Crowder explained the non-profit organization’s grant committee applied for a grant from Mohawk Industries that totaled $5,000. The department needed $10,000 to purchase the AEDs and the Friends of Hillsville approved a grant match at its May meeting to complete the project.

  • Man wanted by police arrested at graduation

    A man was arrested during the Galax High School graduation ceremony on June 3, following an earlier incident in Grayson County.

    Alan Michael Mallory, 28, was arrested by Galax police officers while he was attending the GHS graduation ceremony, and turned over to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies responded on June 1 to a domestic dispute at 203 Pine Ridge Lane in Fries.

  • Arrests include embezzling, assault

    Staff Reports

    A Galax woman is charged with felony embezzlement of $200 or more from Rite-Aid, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    Dawn Marie Estrada, 31, was arrested on May 24 by Officer Darrin Alley after his investigation.

    Chief Rick Clark said Alley “was dispatched to Rite-Aid on East Stuart Drive, where he met with a security employee of the store. Estrada is alleged to have diverted cash or property of Rite-Aid to her own use. She was released on a promise to appear” in court.