Today's News

  • Saturday I-77 crash also resulted in fatality

    A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on Saturday also lead to a fatality, according to Virginia State Police Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    This crash occurred at about 3:15 p.m. at the 3 milemarker in the northbound lanes, when driver Jeffrey D. Stewart, 66, of Worthington, Ohio, apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
    The 2010 Chevy Malibu went off the road to the right and struck a rock embankment and overturned several times, the trooper said. This ejected a backseat passenger.

  • Students unharmed in bus incident

    No students were injured after a school bus slipped off the edge of the road in the Laurel section of Carroll Tuesday morning.
    In the brief time before another bus arrived, Hillsville Fire Department members put the kids in the fire trucks to be out of the morning chill.

  • Special Olympians join Division III all-stars

     Nineteen members of Carroll County Special Olympics and four family members were invited to participate in the NCAA Division III east-west all-star game March 23 at the Salem Civic Center.

    Each year, in conjunction with the Division III national championships at Salem, the NCAA selects two teams of Division III all-stars to play. The Carroll County athletes were invited to participate in warm-ups with the players by shooting around, then formed a spirit tunnel for the college players as they were introduced.

  • Tide rallies past Buffs again

    The season opener between Galax and Floyd County two weeks ago was an exercise in efficiency, with just an hour and 51 minutes needed to complete Galax’s tidy 3-1 win.

    Floyd County batted for what seemed like at least that much time in a single half-inning in the two teams’ rematch Monday, while Galax’s final turn at bat never did end.

  • Shelter closed to prevent spread of parvovirus

    The Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter will be closed through April 8 due to a suspected case of parvovirus at the shelter, according to a news release from City Manager Keith Barker.

    Some puppies began showing symptoms of parvovirus after spending a couple of days at the shelter, Barker told the Gazette. The contagious disease is fatal to dogs.

They were taken to a local veterinarian, where they tested negative for parvo. However, they still had all of the symptoms.

  • Strength in numbers

    They say that it takes a village to raise a child, so perhaps it takes an entire region to care for the smaller communities within it.
    The announcement last week of Twin County United Way’s merger with United Way Virginia Highlands came with a lot of positivity — along with many questions about what happens next.
    What changes are going to be made?
    Where will the funding go?

  • Readers' Hotline 4/1/13

    Banner year for town
    Editor’s note: Independence Town Manager Jerry Hughes last week issued this statement in response to two Hotline comments published in the March 25 edition of The Gazette, concerning why the town hasn’t changed its seasonal banners downtown:

  • Arrest Report Updates 4/1/13

    The Gazette partners with local police departments to publish photos and information about suspects arrested and charged. 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 reports any suspects who are found not guilty or have their charges dismissed.

  • APCo rates could fall, then rise

    Appalachian Power Co. is seeking what would amount to a 1.5 percent increase in its electricity rates to cover higher generation and environmental costs.
    In two filings Friday with the State Corporation Commission, the utility proposed updating rate adjustment clauses that cover certain costs, such as generation and environmental expenses, for a specific time period.
    If approved, the rate increase would take effect early next year.

  • Firearms convictions add to McMillian's sentence

    HILLSVILLE — A Cana man who already had been sentenced to five years in prison tripled that period of incarceration after pleading guilty to additional charges March 21.
    On his third appearance in Carroll County Circuit Court before substitute Judge Robert Turk, Glen Donald McMillian pleaded guilty to three charges on that day.