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Today's News

  • 'Luxury' RV park planned in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A development company called Morris International has plans to build a luxury recreational vehicle resort adjacent to the New River Trail State Park in the Gambetta section of Carroll County.
    The plans for the Chestnut Creek resort call for a total of 30 RV sites in two phases, just off Gambetta Road., according to information available on the company's Web site, morrisinternationalproperties.com.

  • Man charged with drug possession

    Christopher S. Dunagan, 20, of Hiwassee was arrested by Galax Police Capt. James Cox after a traffic stop on July 1, according to the Galax Police Department. 
    Dunagan was stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence after a citizen complaint. Subsequent to his arrest for driving under the influence of drugs, Cox obtained warrants charging him with possession with intent to distribute a variety of drugs — morphine, hydromorphine, Suboxone,  Klonopin and Xanax.

  • Carroll renews school food contract with Chartwells

    HILLSVILLE — It hasn't been all gravy during the first year of Chartwells serving meals in the Carroll schools, but educators feel the company is worth its salt to renew.
    The Carroll County School Board approved the second year of a contract with the private food service company, feeling that they will do a better job at cutting the mustard now they've had a year with the program.

  • 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.