Local News

  • Hendrick seeking re-election in Carroll

    Sandy Hendrick, incumbent for the Laurel Fork District seat on the Carroll County School Board, spoke briefly with The Gazette about his desire to retain the seat and his feelings about the future of the school system.

  • Fire destroys house in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN — A structure fire on Mount Zion Road in Woodlawn on Thursday at about 2:20 a.m. left no known injuries, but burned a house to the ground, according to information posted online by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    Firefighters were summoned from Galax, as well as the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, Carroll County Fire and Rescue and Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

    The structure was a two-story farmhouse, reported to have been unoccupied and only used for storage. It was a total loss.

  • County questions treasurer spending

    INDEPENDENCE — Lawyers for Grayson County confirm an investigation of some treasurer’s office expenditures stemming from a 2016 audit is still pending; meanwhile, Treasurer Kelly Haga says he believes the matter was resolved — to the best of his knowledge.

    The expenditures are pending a review by state police, county officials said.

    In a recent interview, Haga said he has resolved questions raised by an audit last year regarding his use of a county-issued credit card.

  • Free clinic offers services to eligible Grayson residents

    INDEPENDENCE — The Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory and Henry College in Marion, is reaching out to the Grayson County community with its expanding range of services.

  • Hall contests Hendrick for school board seat

    Virgil Hall is running against incumbent Sandy Hendrick for the Laurel Fork seat on the Carroll County School Board. In his own words, he described why he feels he’s a good fit for the position.
    “I’ve lived in Carroll County all my life,” said Hall, who along with his son and grandson, is a graduate of Carroll County High School. After 30 years with VDOT, said Hall, he now owns and operates a small business, Hall’s Excavating and Hauling.

  • Burglary suspect among those indicted

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty-five suspects accused of 39 drug violations and other charges were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that convened last Friday.

    Among those charged was Scott Eugene Hampton of Galax, who was indicted for statutory burglary, felonious damage to property, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony, grand larceny of a firearm and larceny with the intent to sell stolen property.

  • Riding out the storm

    FRIES — Miranda Funk was determined to get home.

    She’d heard the warnings about a tornado, but those things don’t happen here, she told herself.

    She pointed her silver Pontiac van homeward to Opossum Hollow Lane in Fries on Oct. 23 as winds lashed the trees and sent sheets of rain horizontally across her path.

    Almost to her driveway, Funk encountered a most unlikely tornado.

  • Four seek Fancy Gap seat on school board

    Four candidates — one incumbent and three challengers — will be on the ballot for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board on Nov. 7. Joey Haynes is seeking another term on the board. Challengers include Phillip Berrier, Gina Hall and Patricia Sebens.

    Joey Haynes

  • In-person absentee voting available Nov. 4

    All election offices in Virginia will be open for in-person absentee voting on Nov. 4 for the Nov. 7 election.

    Saturday absentee voting provides Virginia voters who are qualified to vote absentee with an additional opportunity to cast their ballot in person.

    In-person absentee voting also is available during local registrars’ normal business hours.

  • Victim’s mother reads statement to Nofsinger

    Note: Stacy Kenny Ludy, mother of Alyssa Kenny, wrote this impact statement to read in court at Richard Nofsinger Jr.’s plea hearing on Wednesday. Ludy shared her statement with The Gazette. Warning: the following contains graphic descriptions that some readers might find disturbing.

    I have waited a long time to talk to you, Richard.

    I’m sure you don’t want to listen to me, but that’s okay. You will hear what I have to say, and I don’t even need you to respond. Just listen. And think about it.