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Today's News

  • Music trail chooses harmony over discord

    The Crooked Road has ended its effort to achieve National Heritage Area status, after Tea Party groups alleged that the move would put local land use decisions under federal control. The trail that includes the Twin Counties would have been eligible for federal grants to promote mountain music.

  • Helicopter business takes off at airport

    HILLSVILLE — A new fixed base operator has Twin County Airport on the radar of many helicopter pilots from the region.
    Bill Bryant had gotten interested in flying first with radio controlled models, but then spun up his involvement in flying by building his own helicopter in 2000.
    He fabricated the frame and installed a Geo Metro engine in the aircraft, which he often flies at 500 feet above the Twin Counties.

  • School board to hold special called meeting

    A special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board will be held on

    March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Grayson County Courthouse Boardroom. The purpose is to discuss the school budget and to take action on the VPSA Financing Bonds Resolution.

  • Grayson school budget short $172K

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2013-14 budget on March 11 with a more than $172,000 shortfall on the revenue side.
    Board members will hold a joint budget work session with county supervisors on March 18 to try and close the gap.
    The budget, with revenues totaling $20.7 million, includes a 3 percent raise for all staff and will likely be tweaked in the coming months as the board looks at replacing old vehicles and cost savings associated with an early retirement plan.

  • Carroll fatality's cause unknown

    Virginia State Police responded to a single-car accident that resulted in a fatality near the intersection of Virginia 94 and Byllesby Road in Carroll County on March 12, according to Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    The accident resulted in an injury and one fatality, Vaughan said.
    Driver Tammy Lyn Richardson was reportedly traveling south on Virginia 94 near the intersection of Byllesby when she suddenly ran off of the road. Her husband, Steven Lee Richardson, was a passenger.

  • Arrest Reports 3/15/13

    The Gazette lists names of those found guilty of crimes in its regular Court News feature. Our staff also tracks those listed in the Arrest Reports feature, and will report any suspects who are found not guilty or have their charges dismissed.

  • Family raising awareness of blood clot danger

    HILLSVILLE — Despite having some nagging pains, Jamie Lee Gravley, 22, soldiered on, continuing to put together his son’s toddler bed on June 19, 2012.
    Wife Melanie Gravley described it as a normal day for the young married couple that had set up their home in Mount Airy, N.C.
    Jamie Gravley, a former JROTC Cavalier Battalion cadet and 2009 Carroll County High School graduate, stayed upbeat and energetic right up until the end.

  • Crockett-Stark won't seek re-election

    Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) has announced  that she won’t run for re-election to the House of Delegates this fall, ending her legislative career after four terms.
    Crockett-Stark, 70, represents the 6th District, which covers Wythe and Carroll counties and part of Smyth County.
    Crockett-Stark, who is called “Annie B.” by friends and colleagues and known for her colorful personality, disclosed her decision in an email circulated on Wednesday.

  • Don't fall for loan modification scam, BBB warns

    Several consumers in Western Virginia have been contacted by loan modification companies offering services in direct violation of Federal Trade Commission regulations, according to an alert from the Better Business Bureau.
    While there are many reputable mortgage relief companies, these particular companies have requested advance fees and have violated several FTC rules.

  • Gravley leads all-SWD voting

    HILLSVILLE –– There’s no good reason anyone should question Ryan Gravley’s being chosen as the 2012-13 Southwest District player of the year. But should a dissenting opinion arise, the Carroll County senior can always reply that he had a better year than the kid who won it last year.

    Gravley, who also happens to be that kid who won it last year, was voted the district’s top player for the second year in a row, leading a list of six Twin County players and three coaches named to their respective boys’ or girls’ first teams.