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Today's News

  • Virginia facing teacher shortage

    Additional reporting by Landmark News Service

    As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they needed.

    That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young people to go into a lower-paying field when they’re facing student-loan debt from college. Virginia also faces competition for teachers from other states who recruit nationally.

  • Fries fire under investigation

    FRIES — A structure fire on Winding Road in Fries on Sept. 13 was referred to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

    Firefighters were called to the home at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road at about 4 p.m. that day.

    According to Fries Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Underwood, the small house had been abandoned for about eight years.

  • Civil War letters reveal lives on front lines, back home

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Henry Lindsey, a Carroll County soldier in the 29th Virginia lnfantry, wrote to his wife: “I drawed soap today for the first time — about the size of a hen egg. We have to pay $1.50 per lb. for soap to wash our clothes.”

    His wife Polly, writing from their home in the Dugspur area, replied to Henry: “Times are very hard in Carroll and everything is scarce and powerful high: pork $1.50 a lb., butter $3, wheat $15...”

  • Anthem returns to Va. insurance marketplace

    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia announced Friday that it will re-enter 63 counties and cities in the commonwealth, where 70,000 people would have been left without any insurance options in the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.

    Galax, Carroll and Grayson are included in those areas where Anthem will offer individual health insurance policies, according to the company.

  • State offers amnesty for delinquent taxpayers

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced the start of the 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program, which provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest between Sept. 13 and Nov. 14.

    Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the program assumes collection of $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health and public safety, as well as provide a cash reserve.

  • Grayson prepares new voting machines

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Electoral Board in Independence is busy preparing for the Nov. 7 general election; which includes a full test of new voting machines that will be used throughout the districts this year.

    The new machines will replace the county’s former electronic touchscreen machines — an upgrade that was planned for the county prior to the State Board of Election’s decision earlier this month to decertify touchscreen voting machines.

  • Morley seeks Wilson District seat on Grayson board

    INDEPENDENCE — Democratic candidate Gesche Morley is one of two candidates running for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the upcoming general election.

    Morley will be on the ballot in November alongside Republican candidate Thomas Rex Revels.

    The winner will fill the seat of Supervisor Eddie Rosenbaum, who announced earlier this year that he will not run for another term. The new term for this seat will begin Jan. 1, 2018.

  • Cana house fire investigated

    CANA — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police investigated a structure fire in Cana on Tuesday.

    The fire, at 11:05 a.m. on Brushy Fork Road, destroyed a trailer but left no injuries or casualties, according to Cana Fire Capt. Matthew Fink.

    “No one was living there that we know of, because there was no power to the house,” said Fink.

    The trailer was completely destroyed by the time the Cana Volunteer Fire Department was able to put out the fire.

    Carroll Fire and Rescue assisted.

  • GHS launches $650K campaign for fitness center

    Good things came from the life of Curtis Bartlett.

  • School officials address football field questions

    After a city council member raised questions about the need for a new artificial turf football field at Galax High School, given the $879,000 cost, school officials decided to address the issue directly in an interview with The Gazette.

    “I think it’s time we attempt to answer the football field [question], but in the attempt, we’re going to answer some other things,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The field is already completed and was dedicated last month.