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Today's News

  • City to help merchants get in the zone

    The City of Galax, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, will hold a “How to Apply” workshop for businesses located in the city's recently expanded enterprise zones on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Crossroads Institute.

  • Court denies Dutton's murder convition appeal

    An appeals court has upheld the murder conviction against a 57-year-old Ivanhoe man in the Jan. 3, 2007, shooting death of his estranged wife.

    Robert Allen Dutton was convicted in the first-degree murder of his wife, 41-year-old Sandra, by a seven-man, five-woman jury in a Carroll County Circuit Court trial.

    Dutton was also found guilty of burglary and use of a firearm. He was sentenced to two life terms plus three years in prison.

  • Library a labor of love

    LAUREL FORK — The Laurel Fork community library may be the first that measured its books in pounds.

    That's because an early summer move drove home the weightiness of its collection. Organizer Annetta Stanley estimated the books would tip the scales at more than 5,000 pounds.

    That's about 3,000 books total.

    A Laurel Fork native who lived in North Carolina until her return to the area about nine years ago, Stanley actually Freecycled her way into creating a community library.

  • Letters to Santa

    Dear Santa,

    I want a pencil holder and a Hana Montana Guitar I have been a good girl I have 2 Brothers Ethan and Danyon they are good too we want a real puppy.

    Love,

    Mychaela Paschall

    age 7

    Dear Santa,

    I want a Hana Montana Guitar a real puppy I have been good I have 2 Brothers + 2 sisters they are good to

    Stephinie Lawon

    age 6

    Ms. Martin’s Fourth Graders

    Fairview Elementary

    Dear Santa,

  • Road added to utility project

    HILLSVILLE — The Woodlawn sewer project — already intended to cover a huge swath of western Carroll County — grew by one road at the Public Sewer Authority's meeting in December.

    Carrollwood Drive property owner and businessman John Nobili had been persistent in lobbying for his road's inclusion in the $5.26 million wastewater project.

  • Boucher prepares for 2009

    Looking into the new year with a new president, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) said president-elect Barack Obama will have a cooperative U.S. Congress that will serve in confronting the nation's challenges.

    Boucher discussed future plans, legislative agenda and the previous year's successes during his annual stop at The Gazette on Dec. 31.

    The Democratic “super delegate” was an Obama supporter from early on, sticking to his endorsement even though his district went for Hillary Clinton in 2008's Virginia Democratic primary.

  • Original prison site now protected land

    Conservationists cringed two years ago when the state considered building a prison along the New River in the Cox’s Chapel community of Grayson County.

    Now they can celebrate the fact that the riverfront property has been protected from future development.

  • Art school recruiting, training new instructors

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is accepting reservations through Friday for area artisans wishing to participate in instructor orientation.

    All area musicians, artists and crafts people are invited to participate on Jan. 22 from 5-9 p.m. at Crossroads Institute on East Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Grayson boys withstand Elkin rally

    SPARTA, N.C. –– Those 28-point second-half leads sure do come in handy at times.

    Grayson County built a massive lead midway through the third quarter and then sweated it out as Elkin pulled to within three points with possession of the ball before the Blue Devils hung on for a 65-62 nondistrict win Monday in the Cross-Border Shootout at Alleghany High School.

  • Blue Devil girls fall to Elkin

    SPARTA, N.C. –– After holding Elkin to just two points in the first quarter, Grayson County managed just two points itself in the second period, falling to the Elks 38-32 in a nondistrict game Monday at Alleghany High School.

    “We really did play hard,” Grayson County coach Tiny Funk said. “We gave ourselves a chance. They hit a lot of big shots, and we didn’t hit a lot of shots at all. We got the ball where we wanted it most of the night, we just couldn’t get them to fall.”