Local News

  • Sutherland, Weatherman unopposed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Two candidates in Grayson County’s Elk Creek District are running unopposed for another term on their respective boards on Nov. 7.

    Brenda Sutherland is running for a third term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, where she currently serves as chairwoman.

    Sutherland served her first year on the board after former supervisors Ralph Tuggle and Chris Morton stepped down in 2008. After filling in that year, she was elected to her first full term in 2009.

    She was re-elected in 2013 to serve a second term.

  • Where do Va. governor candidates stand on key issues?

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia’s voters will elect one of three men Tuesday to serve as governor for the next four years. The winner will replace Terry McAuliffe, who – like all previous governors – isn’t allowed under the state constitution to run for consecutive terms.

    The three men running are Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie and Libertarian Cliff Hyra.

  • Voters have choices in lieutenant governor election

    Landmark News Service

    The candidates competing in Tuesday’s statewide election to be the next lieutenant governor share similar visions of what is most important to Virginia’s future. But their views differ sharply on many issues.

    Voters will decide whether Republican state Sen. Jill Vogel or Democrat Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, will assume the part-time position and succeed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who will either be elected the next governor that day or leave state government in January.

  • 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.