Today's News

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse was saved 30 years ago

    Laura A. Bryant of Independence is president of the 1908 Courthouse Foundation

    Thirty years ago the Grayson County Supervisors placed the 1908 Courthouse for sale to the highest bidder on the new courthouse steps.

    Much controversy, speculation, public meetings, speeches, newspaper articles and other pressures led to this decision.

    Dan Baldwin, then president of the Nautilus International plant and lifelong Grayson citizen, bought the landmark and gave it to citizens of the county.

  • Four sets of twins set to graduate from GHS

    Twelve years ago, The Gazette ran a picture of something remarkable: six sets of twins, identical and fraternal, all going through the Galax school system, all in elementary school.

    Now, poised at the brink of their senior year’s end, four sets of them are still in the school system and agreed to recreate the original picture.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 12


    INDEPENDENCE – Twelve people were indicted on 15 charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met last Friday.

    Nathan Willard Wagner, 24, of Galax, was indicted on two charges, statutory burglary and grand larceny.

    He allegedly entered 58 Grocery in Baywood and carried away lottery tickets, cigarettes and beer valued at more than $200.

    Other indictments included:

    • Amber Shaffer Bunn – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

  • Five charges in police chase sent to jury

    HILLSVILLE – Randall Chase Jones, a man allegedly involved in a police chase through Carroll County on Feb. 19, faces five felony charges that will be sent to a grand jury.

    Jones, 30, of Cana, originally was facing a lengthy list of 17 separate charges from the incident when he appeared in Carroll County General District Court on April 15. Jonathon Venzie represented Jones and requested all misdemeanor charges, except a first offense DWI, be dropped in exchange for prosecution of the five felonies.

  • Hall, two incumbents seek Independence council seats

    INDEPENDENCE — Pete Hall of Independence will join two incumbents on the ballot on May 3 for seats on the Independence Town Council.

    Hall was the third candidate to enter the council race this year. He joins incumbents Ronald Sexton and Jason Cassell.

    Three seats are open in the May 3 election, with three candidates in the running. The terms are for four years.

    Evelyn Hughes, whose term expires this year, confirmed in February that she would not run again.

  • Community center, depot, water quality on Fries agenda

    FRIES — After years of anticipation and hard work, the Town of Fries is finally seeing steps toward the realization of the town’s train depot project.

    Council Member Dawn Patton announced at Fries Town Council’s April 19 meeting that bids for construction of the restored railroad depot had been put out on March 20, and that the bidding would close on April 22.

    There are already four people who have picked up bids for the construction, she said.

  • Families displaced by fire finding relief

    In the wake of the apartment fire behind Creek Bottom Brews in Galax, relief efforts have helped three of the four families turned out by the disaster.

    The fourth family — that of the landlord, listed as Eugenia Ibarra Reyes — remains unreachable, but according to Chief David Hankley of the Galax Fire Department, there were no fatalities.

  • One injury in two-car crash in Galax

    A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 58 and Glendale Road on Fruday night at about 7:40 p.m. left one person injured and in need of EMS transport, according to Officer Mark Burnett.

    A red 2000 Ford Focus driven by Rafael S. Cisneros, 37, of Galax, was traveling west on Route 58 when it was struck in the intersection by a black 2004 Chevy Sebring, driven by Larry G. Kenny, 48, of Galax, which was attempting to turn onto Glendale Road.


    Normally, an asterisk attached to an athletic accomplishment is not a good thing. It usually means something along the lines of, “Yeah, well, that’s pretty good, but…”

  • Haynes runs state time at Radford

    RADFORD –– Sydney Haynes claimed one of two event championships picked up by Carroll County and qualified for the Group 4A state meet last week at the All-American Relays at Radford High School.