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Today's News

  • The Year in Sports

     Well, we made it through another one.

     

    Or at least we can say that at midnight. Bob Feller, Don Meredith, Ron Santo, John Wooden, Sparky Anderson, George Blanda, Manute Bol, George Steinbrenner, Merlin Olsen, we wish you could have made it with us.

    Earl Weaver is still among the living, or at least that’s what he says, contrary to a recent political column in the New York Times that read, in part, “…somewhere in heaven, Earl Weaver and Ann Richards are comparing notes…”

  • Anti-fluoride group asks Grayson to omit chemical

    INDEPENDENCE — To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That is the question Grayson County leaders will have to make in the coming weeks for a new water system that will serve the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C.
    After citizens showed up in masses to both Alleghany County Commissioners and Sparta Town Council with 1,000-plus signatures on a petition against fluoridation, both N.C. governments voted against the procedure for the new water system being developed by the Virginia-Carolina Regional Water Authority.

  • Citizen alleges conflict

    ONLINE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

    Click on the links at the end of this story to view original documents, including the property deed, Gary Larrowe's financial disclosures and minutes of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority meetings. Also, click on the video link to see Mike Goldwasser speaking at the December meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

  • City to address housing, flooding

    Since the city has wrapped up the downtown revitalization project, construction of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, the permanent stage in Felts Park and other projects, it has begun looking into funding for improving the Givens/Shaw/Barger street areas.

    The city plans to seek Community Development Block Grants through the Department of Housing and Community Development and funding through other agencies.

  • Boucher looks back on 28 years of service

    For 28 years, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher divided his time between the mountains of Southwest Virginia and the ornate buildings on Capitol Hill.
    By all accounts, the long-serving congressman's roots and life in the 9th District thoroughly influenced his work in Washington — and vice versa.

    Boucher was known on Capitol Hill for his work on the cutting edge of technology and telecommunications, and he consistently tried to use that knowledge to build a 21st century economy in Southwest Virginia.

  • WHAT WAS THE TOP STORY OF 2010?

     

    VOTING HAS CLOSED

    Results will appear in the Jan. 7, 2011 edition of The Gazette.

  • Snow, slick roads lead to I-77 wrecks

    A chain reaction of crashes in the snow and ice on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday resulted in minor injuries.
    The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department was responding to a single-car crash involving a vehicle on its side on Sunday afternoon when firefighters received a call to a three-car accident in the southbound lanes of I-77, near the 21 milemarker.

    The crash involved a tractor trailer and six other vehicles.

  • Extension changes opposed

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE and BEN BOMBERGER
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Severe cuts to Virginia Cooperative Service personnel is no way to grow a new generation of community leaders, said concerned citizens protesting the agency's restructuring.
    Five speakers talked to the Carroll Board of Supervisors earlier this month about the benefits of having an Extension office and personnel in the county — not five counties sharing one.

  • Spring Valley added to landmarks registry

    The latest additions to the Virginia Landmarks Register, announced last week, include more than 4,000 acres of northeastern Grayson County.
    The Spring Valley Rural Historic District recognizes the community as a center of farming and commercial agriculture in Southwest Virginia.

    The district also will be considered for the National Register of Historic Places.
    The application for historic landmark status was prepared by Hill Studio in Roanoke, on behalf of Spring Valley property owner Donald Philen, who privately sponsored this project.

  • 911 call includes 'begging' voice, gunshots

    SPARTA, N.C. — The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department may not have a body, but it does have a 911 tape of a man begging not to be killed.
    A Cana, Va., couple and a Mount Airy man have been charged with the murder of Michael Thomas Hawks, 40, of Mount Airy.
    The sheriff’s office received the call on Oct. 26 at 7:30 a.m. and later heard “muffled gunshots” in the background before the call ended.
    The information was taken off of a search warrant obtained to search the home of Wayne Thomas Lawson Jr., 39, of Mount Airy, N.C.