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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Readers Hotline 9/20/17

    Careth not
    For 25 years, since property became a rental on Pinehurst Street in Independence, it has really ruined the value of our home. We have tried all these years to get something done without success. I have personally asked the owner to cut the grass and clean up the trash and the reply was, “I’m doing nothing for you.” Please help us.


    Seen enough
    The Gazette has carried enough about Deputy Curtis Bartlett. Enough is enough. Stop printing news of the deceased.


  • Public record for 9/18/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in May in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Shock and awe

    Seven Galax players combined for eight first-half touchdowns Friday and the Maroon Tide raced past Rural Retreat 63-7 in a Mountain Empire District game at Galax High School.

    Galax, winner of three straight games, built a halftime lead of seven touchdowns or more for the second week in a row, winning for the third straight week after an opening-night loss to Glenvar.

    The Maroon Tide (3-1 overall, 1-0 MED) scored three rushing touchdowns, three passing touchdowns and two TDs on returns, all in the first half, scoring four times in each of the first two quarters.

  • Third-quarter profits

    INDEPENDENCE –– Every week, nearly every football team everywhere claims the fourth quarter as “ours.” Friday night at Bill Strong Field, Glenvar laid indisputable claim to the oft-overlooked third.

  • Readers Hotline 9/18/17

    Keep it simple

  • Reflecting on violence in Charlottesville

    By Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Independence

    It came as no surprise to me that clashes between white separatists and those offended by their ideologies [on Aug. 12] resulted in violence, including the death of one counter-protestor. I am also aware of the two police deaths associated with the helicopter crash. All three of these deaths were unnecessary and a most unfortunate side effect of our collective failure to recognize our common humanity.

  • Readers Hotline 9/13/17

    Suspended
    My comment is about Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He was suspended six games from the start of this season for alleged domestic violence. Where’s Black Lives Matter and all these other groups to come protest at the Cowboys’ facility about a domestic violence case? Why are the media not putting this on the front page?