Today's News

  • Senate splits Twin Counties among three districts

    The Virginia Senate passed a revised redistricting plan Thursday that gained bipartisan support but divides the Twin Counties among three state Senate districts.
    The plan dramatically realigns the district represented by Republican Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin County so that the 19th District will extend from Carroll County to Bedford County and include Salem and territory in Roanoke and Montgomery counties.
    Galax and a portion of Carroll County will fall into the 20th District represented now by Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Henry County.

  • Storms largely spare Twin Counties

    Last Wednesday’s ferocious storms that killed four in Washington County had many less negative effects on the Twin Counties, though it did knock out power and communication services here.
    Many homes and businesses, including The Gazette, found that Internet and phones services were down in the aftermath of the storms that spawned tornados across the South.
    Any customer of Comcast could not connect because the same weather event that left a swath of destruction in the Glade Spring community also impacted the cable company’s fiber optic hub there.

  • Independence businesses damaged in fire


  • Grayson pulls away from Tide as Eller tosses one-hitter

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a close game and take an 8-0 win over Galax in a Mountain Empire District softball game Tuesday at the Grayson County Rec. Park.

    Leading 3-0 after five innings, the Blue Devils got back-to-back RBI doubles from Natasha Moore and Catherine Vaughan. Sarah Eller later stroked a three-run double for the final margin.

  • Blue Devils hang on, 11-8

    INDEPENDENCE –– This time a year ago, Grayson County couldn’t buy a big district win. Tuesday, the Blue Devils couldn’t give one away.

    Despite an atrocious showing on defense, Grayson was able to make up for seven errors with its second-best offensive outing of the year, holding off several Galax charges and finally coming away with an 11-8 win in a key Mountain Empire District game at Grayson National Bank Park.

  • 6 Republicans seek nomination in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — In the Carroll Republican primary, the lone challenge to an incumbent on the county board of supervisors will be in the Laurel Fork District.
    There, incumbent Andy Jackson and newcomer Joshua Hendrick will both seek the nomination in the preferential primary May 21.
    Two other currently serving Republican supervisors will seek re-election: Tom Littrell in the Pipers Gap District and David Hutchins in Sulphur Springs.

  • Tax increase proposed for Galax

    Galax City Council and the city manager have proposed a real estate tax increase and changes to the city’s commercial Dumpster service to balance the proposed $13.83 million budget for fiscal year 2012.
    That total is up 5 percent from last year’s $13.16 million.
    The utility fund revenue is at $2.83 million, down by 26 percent.

  • Severe weather knocks out communications

    So far, the biggest way the Twin Counties seems to be affected by Wednesday's severe weather is by a communications breakdown.

    Comcast officials report that the storms took out its fiber optic center in Washington County, the same place where officials say the weather caused eight deaths.

    As a result, 23,000 of Comcast's Internet and phone customers are now without service.

    Storm damage and debris have slowed repairs to the point where Comcast officials have no estimate as to when customers can get their service back.

  • Carroll approves school bonds

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll school system’s plan to go out to bid May 1 on two facilities projects has been helped along by the county supervisors agreeing to repay a $15 million bond issue for the work.
    The supervisors, in a brisk and busy meeting April 25, did their part by holding a public hearing on the qualified school construction bonds coming to Carroll County, and signing off on the bond requirements.

  • U.S. Treasury to retire paper checks for new recipients

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is doing away with Social Security checks printed on paper for new recipients — millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits.
    Beginning May 1, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method, because paper checks will no longer be an option.
    People currently receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.