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Today's News

  • Sheriffs oppose governor's budget proposal

    The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is opposing the governor's budget proposal, which calls for sheriffs and staff to pay 5 percent on their retirement, provided that the locality grants a 3 percent salary increase.  

  • 'Safe Route' grant could improve safety, health

    The City of Galax and Galax City Public Schools are seeking a Safe Routes to School grant, administered through the Virginia Department of Transportation, that would improve walking and biking safety for students, said Galax Superintendent Bill Sturgill during Tuesday's school board meeting.
    The grant may provide funding to plan and develop improvements and create infrastructure.

  • Judge approves AmerLink sales center settlement

    WILSON, N.C. — A federal bankruptcy court judge last week approved the settlement on the AmerLink sales center, transferring it to the trustee for marketing.
    Carroll representatives and the bankruptcy trustee working on behalf of AmerLink creditors ironed out a deal to end the 99-year lease between the county and the company.
    Instead, the trustee will take possession of the log home models and try to find a new tenant with a compatible use for the farmers' market that will bring around 10 jobs and revenue to the county.

  • Woman dies after car plunges down embankment

     

  • Website access to require subscription

     

    Beginning Wednesday Jan. 26, The Gazette’s website at www.galaxgazette.com will become a subscription-only news and information site.
    We’ll offer complete access for our subscribers to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features, such as videos, photo slideshows, blogs, polls, reader interaction and more.

  • County's loss is Galax's gain

    The City of Galax has hired grant administrator Brenda Marrah, after Carroll County eliminated her position in November 2010.
    Marrah brought in a total of $11 million in grants and loans in 2009 for Carroll County, but the county moved the position under the umbrella of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority for regional grant writing services to save money and share the cost with the authority.

    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city has talked about hiring a grant administrator for the past couple of years.

  • Candidates file early, file often for primary

    HILLSVILLE — Two contested races in the Carroll County Republican Primary emerged immediately after filing began Monday.

    Seven candidates for the Republican nominations to elected positions in Carroll showed up at the treasurer's office at noon or shortly afterwards to sign up for the party primary in May.
    Three Carroll County Sheriff's Office personnel were among the first to arrive to file their papers to seek the party's nomination for sheriff through the preferential primary.

  • Commission approves annexation plan

    RICHMOND — Allowing Hillsville to annex a busy commercial area west of Interstate 77 is in the best interests of everybody involved, the members of the Commission on Local Government decided in a meeting Monday.

    The state commission issued a 31-page report that recommend sending the voluntary settlement between Hillsville and Carroll County to the courts for final approval.

  • Public record for 1/12/11 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 October in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • He's two

    James Breece Roten (J.B.) celebrated his second birthday Oct. 12 at his home on Coal Creek with family and friends. He is the son of Mike and Kristy Roten of Galax.

    His grandparents are Breece and Carol Roten of Galax and Tom and Gloria Anderson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Great-grandmothers are Opal Robinson of Galax and Patricia Lamantia of Apache Junction, Ariz.