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Today's News

  • Carroll changes the way it picks top grads

    HILLSVILLE — Beginning this fall, Carroll County Public Schools’ top graduates will be honored differently than in previous years.

    Instead of choosing a class valedictorian and salutatorian, two students will be chosen from the Summa Cum Laude graduates by members of the senior class and members of the school’s faculty and staff to serve as graduation speakers, according to the student handbook.

  • Galax man charged with four burglaries

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged in connection with four burglaries that occurred in the city.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Dustin Michael Farmer, 19, is alleged to have broken in to Campbell’s Optometry on Glendale Road on July 18, 21 and 22. Farmer is also charged with the July 23 burglary of V&M Recycling on Clover Street.

  • Dees departs as senior director

    Mike Dees is exactly the person you’d want to show you how to perform a difficult exercise move or figure out a complicated craft step: vigorous and competent, but also friendly and patient.

    In repose, he has a glow of health and the appearance of stored energy waiting to be used with steady economy: he’s at rest, but not because he needs to be.

  • Woman wins $1 million in state lottery

    After selling a winning $1 million scratch-off ticket, Cockerham’s Foodmart in Galax received $10,000 from the Virginia Lottery.

    “I was here when the winner came in and scratched it off,” said store manager Travis Felts. He described the winner as a regular at the Foodmart. “A lot of people talk about it. It’s helped all around – sales, gas, everything.”

  • Core will add new product lines

    INDEPENDENCE — After Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Core Health & Fitness LLC will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Independence and employ 250 workers, two of the company’s executives spoke to The Gazette in more detail about Core Health’s plans.

    “We’ll be starting out with the same lines [and] with the same products that we made prior to the sale,” said Jon Little, vice president of operations.

    The plant makes Nautilus fitness equipment.

  • Hail to the chef

    Sophie Haga, 12, of Galax represented Virginia as the statewide winner of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which invited children to develop tasty, affordable and healthy lunches.

    Sophie, who will be starting seventh grade this fall at Galax Middle School, submitted a healthy lunch recipe for Chia Chicken Pitas that won her a seat representing the Commonwealth at the First Lady’s annual Kids’ State Dinner.

  • He's five

    Christopher “Mason” Nobili recently celebrated his fifth birthday with his family and friends with a “Octonaut” ocean themed birthday party at the Sardis Swim Club in Charlotte, N.C.

    He is the son of Chris and Christina Nobili of Charlotte, N.C. He is the grandson of John and Jenny Nobili of Woodlawn, Rebecca and Danny Primm of Austinville, and Arlie and Toni Hall of Fancy Gap. He is the great-grandson of Artie Belle Primm of Hillsville.

  • Public record for 7/23/14 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded April 8-17 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Vehicle rolls over, causes injury

    CANA ― First responders were called to a single vehicle accident in Cana on Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in injury after a vehicle rolled over.
    E-911 dispatch put out a call to 1346 Old Piper's Gap Road at approximately 3:44 p.m. on Wednesday, reporting that a person had been ejected from a vehicle, sustaining injury.

  • Worker dies in American Mirror accident

    UPDATED 7/27/14:

    The death of a Carroll County man in an industrial accident is being investigated by the Galax Police Department and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 37, a maintenance worker at the American Mirror plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, died July 23 when he became trapped in a piece of the factory’s equipment and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    Fire and rescue personnel extricated Hancock from the machine, but could not revive him.