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Today's News

  • New state laws in effect

    In a year dominated by a $4 million budget shortfall, state lawmakers still managed to pass roughly 900 bills that took effect on July 1. The measures run the gamut from seat belts to guns to the promotion of offshore drilling to economic development.
    Here’s a selection of the highlights:

    Firearms
    Lawmakers approved several measures this year amending gun ownership rules.

  • Hancock pleads guilty to drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man pleaded guilty in federal court June 30 to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
    Benjamin Lee Hancock, one of six Twin County residents charged in an 11-count indictment, appeared with his attorney to answer charges of conspiracy and distribution of meth in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, where he agreed to plead guilty to the one count.
    "Count 1 charges me with conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine," the plea agreement, signed by Hancock, says.

  • Putting wind to work (VIDEO)

     FANCY GAP — The windmill-raising Thursday on Gary Horton's farm generated lots of interest in the community for the first attempt to make commercial-grade renewable energy in Carroll County.

    Dozens of people, including Virginia state Senator Roscoe Reynolds and business developers Dallas Garrett and Bernie Deck, showed up on the farm on the ridge to see what happened with the windmill installation by Red Hill General Store.

  • WELCOME TO THE NEW GALAXGAZETTE.COM!

    We've been working for several weeks to prepare this brand new online experience for readers of The Gazette, and we hope you like the improvements.

  • Bank robber convicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Clemmons, N.C., man charged with robbing the First Citizens Bank in Galax last January entered a guilty plea on Thursday in Carroll County Circuit Court for one count of robbery.
    William Smitherman, 20, was sentenced to 40 years, with all but seven years and six months suspended. He was given credit for time served while awaiting the trial and placed on active supervision for the time suspended.

  • Summer fun on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    The first day of summer on the Blue Ridge Parkway was warm, extraordinarily sunny and quiet. Maybe a little too quiet.
    "When does the travel season begin?" wondered Debra Anker, a parkway visitor from Fredericksburg, whose family had stopped at a visitors’ center on their way home from North Carolina.
    "It's very quiet today. I don't mind having the road to ourselves."

  • Fresh from the farm

    HILLSVILLE — Three Carroll County farms have planted the seeds for community-supported agriculture, and now they hope to see the idea bear fruit — and vegetables — for all involved.
    Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a kind of a pact between farmers and customers to share the risk and the rewards.
    The customers pay for their produce at the beginning of the growing season and receive packages made up of the yields throughout the season.

  • Car overturns in creek, injuring four

    HILLSVILLE — A single-vehicle wreck on Silverleaf Road in Carroll last Thursday left four people injured.
    Two of the people injured were flown out to hospitals in Roanoke and Winston-Salem, N.C., after the Hillsville Fire Department responded to free the victims from the 1993 Ford Taurus station wagon that overturned into a creek, according to a Virginia State Police report.

  • Architect hired for Carroll school projects

    HILLSVILLE — To meet the timeline in the application process for a $26.7 million federal loan for Phase III school renovations, the Carroll County School Board approved an emergency procurement measure June 29.
    Carroll supervisors allowed educators to seek the stimulus funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for improvements to the high and intermediate schools. School officials needed to hire the architectural firm to meet the federal requirements, according to information provided at the school board's end-of-the-fiscal-year closeout meeting.

  • Hillsville cafe reopens as Irish pub

    HILLSVILLE — Irish coffee will be on the menu when Court Street Coffee relaunches later this month.
    Owners Mike and Barbara Gallaher had turned their attention to getting their steakhouse, Blue Agave at Interstate 77's Exit 14, off the ground since last October.
    They're taking time to change up the coffee shop before reopening, though, including having sisters Nancy Fogarty of Galax and Anne Stinson of Woodlawn manage the place.