Today's News

  • Chase through two counties ends with crash

    A high-speed northbound chase up Interstate 77 and across two counties ended in arrest for a West Virginia man on Aug. 8 at about 10:15 p.m., said Virginia State Trooper T.S. Todd.

    A 2012 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Demorrea Juan Curry, 19, of Beckley, W.Va., was spotted going 94 mph in a 65 mph zone by Todd, who pursued Curry starting around the 11.5 milepost on the interstate. According to Todd, Curry refused to pull over.

  • Readers Hotline 8/12/15

    Worker injured
    I am disappointed that The Gazette didn’t report on an accident at the glass plant in Galax that happened when a young lady got both her ankles crushed and her knee disjointed and she will be in a wheelchair for months. I don’t know why it was never reported.

  • Car overturns, catches fire in Va. 100 crash

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A 7-year-old boy was airlifted for treatment after a three-vehicle accident in Hillsville on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m., according to Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

  • Four facing drug charges in Galax

    Staff Reports

    Four people have been charged with drug violation in three recent cases in Galax.

    Anthony Curtis Caudell, 25, of Fries, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Caudell was arrested by Sgt. Jody Poole, who said he observed the suspect trying to swallow a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Caudell was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Harper murder trial set for February

    INDEPENDENCE — A trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of Feb. 8, 2016. The jury trial is expected to span the entire week.

    Harper’s trial will follow the three-day murder trial of Chad Allen Reeves, who was found not guilty of the same charge earlier this year.

  • She's four

    Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned 4 on July 23. Her birthday was celebrated with a Minnie Mouse river party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    She is the little sister to Izzie and big sister to Briley Marshall. Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Public record for 8/12/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Victim airlifted after wreck

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was airlifted with injuries on Sunday, following a wreck in front of Independence Elementary School.

    According to a report from State Trooper P.K. Cheek, the wreck occurred at 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 9. A 2002 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Christopher James Cox, 35, was traveling west on U.S. 58 near Industrial Lane in front of the elementary school, when Cox tried to pass another vehicle on the left.

  • Road tractor catches fire at Independence Lumber

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – A road tractor at Independence Lumber Company was unoccupied on July 31 when an engine fire called a quick response to the scene.

    According to Independence Fire Department Capt. Matthew Adams, firefighters were dispatched at 2:17 a.m. to Independence Lumber. Four trucks and 10 firefighters arrived on scene, where they found the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer completely involved.

  • Lady Cavs honored for winning state title

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July 13-20 as Lady Cavaliers Week at its July meeting, in honor of the Carroll County High School (CCHS) Lady Cavalier Softball team.

    During the meeting, Supervisor Chairman Phil McCraw read a resolution aloud, reviewing the undefeated team’s accomplishments.