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Today's News

  • Parents ask county to take over school budget

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Representatives of a recently formed citizens’ group told the board of supervisors on Thursday that they feel schools in Grayson County are being mismanaged.

    Although the two representatives from a 500-member group called Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools each asked supervisors to exercise more control over how Grayson schools are run, supervisors who responded said they are limited in what they can do.

  • Parks charged with shooting into home

    A Galax man is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and malicious wounding after an incident in Grayson County on April 14.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Noah Parks, 18, of 112 Middleton Street in Galax, for shooting into an occupied residence, according to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The incident occurred at a mobile home on Carla Lane in the Fairview area at approximately 8:30 p.m.

  • Wildlife experts: culling results in more coyotes

    Copyright 2015, The Roanoke Times. Used with permission.

    BLACKSBURG — The more coyotes you kill, the more you have.

    This biological quirk sets these relatively new Virginia residents apart from most other animals in the commonwealth’s forests, fields and even cities, according to Virginia Tech wildlife professor Marcella Kelly.

  • Meet the cast and crew of 'Some Enchanted Evening'

    “Some Enchanted Evening,” the 40th anniversary production and final performance by the Galax Theater Guild, opens April 23 at the Rex Theater, with two more shows on April 25 and 26.

    The production is a revue featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Broadway musicals like “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I” and more.

    The cast of the production includes:

  • Carroll budget proposal near $42M

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County citizens could be looking at a brand new series of tax rates this year, as county officials consider several tax changes to provide a balanced budget.

    Nikki Cannon, the county’s assistant administrator, presented the budget proposal at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Monday meeting. Recommendations for this year’s budget included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Second chance to dance

    HILLSVILLE — For Heather Ramirez, last year’s Second Chance Prom was her first real prom experience.

    “The funny part for me was that I wasn’t able to attend my first prom, but I helped decorate for it in high school,” she told The Gazette. “But it worked out, because the first time actually going to the prom, I went with my husband.”

  • VDOT hears road work requests in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a joint public hearing on April 13, to receive public comments on the proposed secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21; as well as the secondary system construction budget for 2015-16.

  • Pharmacist pleads guilty to illegally obtaining drugs

    HILLSVILLE — James Lionel Surratt Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining drugs by false pretenses in Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

    According to Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, Surratt had obtained various mixtures of hydrocodone while working with two different pharmacies — Walmart Pharmacy in Galax and Nuckolls Drug Company in Hillsville.

  • Motorcycle driver airlifted after crash

    HILLSVILLE — An Indian Valley man was airlifted following a motorcycle accident in front of the Wendy’s restaurant in Hillsville on April 11.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:30 p.m. The report said a 2014 Toyota Prius operated by Ben Cunningham of Elizabethville, Penn., was pulling out of the Wendy’s parking lot to go east on Carrollton Pike (U.S. 58), when it was struck by a 1974 Harley Davidson operated by Michael Lee Hubbard of Indian Valley.

  • Study: lower speed limits result in fewer wrecks

    After city council approved a controversial speed limit change for Galax back in 2013, Police Chief Rick Clark said the move is keeping citizens safer.

    In his annual report last month, Clark praised council members for lowering the limit. “I applaud you because of your actions,” he said at the meeting. “I appreciate your willingness to do the right thing, even when it wasn’t popular.”