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Today's News

  • Carroll grand jury issues 88 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A grand jury issued a total of 88 indictments against 47 individuals in Carroll County Circuit Court on Monday.

    The indictment list included five charges against Arless Lynn Dalton Jr., for grand larceny, statutory burglary, obtaining money by false pretenses (third or subsequent offense), shoplifting (third offense) and escape from law enforcement.

  • Man charged with assaulting officer

    Though there were reports of an active shooter inside a home just outside Galax city limits Monday night, there was none in an incident in which police said a responding Galax police officer was assaulted by a man without a weapon.

    “911 took several hangup calls from a number,” said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. “Then when they called one more time, the dispatcher couldn't understand the caller.”

    This turned out to be because the suspected caller, Thomas Heath Downing, 40, of Willow Bend Drive, was deaf, Cox said.

  • Tom Hanks, HBO making "Factory Man" miniseries

    It appears the best-selling book by Beth Macy about the life of Galax’s John Bassett in the furniture industry is headed for the TV screen.

    According to Deadline.com, an online magazine that covers the entertainment industry, The Playtone Company and HBO have bought broadcasting rights to “Factory Man,” and they intend to develop the book into a miniseries.

    The project lists Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone as co-executive producers.

  • Sheetz plans going forward

    City Manager Keith Barker says that the new Sheetz convenience store will be coming to Galax after all permits are secured, a process that has taken some time.

    Galax City Council voted this summer to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive so that Sheetz Inc. can build at the location. However, some people who were eager for the store to open have wondered why there has been no obvious progress at the site.

  • Falling enrollment will cost schools $1M

    INDEPENDENCE – Falling enrollment in Grayson County could cause a more than $1 million school budget shortfall if things don’t improve before the end of the year.

    School Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant told the Grayson School Board last week that, although things looked “pretty dire” at the beginning of the school year, enrollment has since come up a little.

    The division started the year with only 1,693 students enrolled, but as of the latest numbers that had risen to 1,719.

  • MS walk raises $7,000

    HILLSVILLE — More than 100 runners turned out for the inaugural Twin County MS Walk at the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville on Sept. 13.

    According to coordinator Regina Dalton, the walk raised around $7,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. “And, there are still more donations coming in,” she told The Gazette on Monday.

  • Hillsville plans Christian Family Fun Day

    HILLSVILLE — For the past two years, the Christian Family Fun Day (CFFD) event in Hillsville has provided a safe and fun environment where everyone is welcome.

    For some, the event — set to return for a third year on Sept. 20 — is a fun place to mingle with the community and enjoy the free games and entertainment. But for others, the experience is much more profound.

  • Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations

    When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • Board delays purchase of new school site

    The Galax School Board on Sept. 9 tabled a decision to purchase a Kipling Lane property for the building of a new elementary school until the next meeting.

    This decision was made due to the city’s policy of a 30-day window for appeals following a zoning decision — in this case, city council’s approval the previous night of the school board’s conditional use permit for the property.

  • General Assembly reaches budget deal

    RICHMOND — Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Speaker Bill Howell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, Senate Finance Co-Chairman Chuck Colgan and leaders from the General Assembly money committees announced they had reached a bipartisan agreement on how to tackle Virginia’s budget shortfall. The agreement will close $346 million this fiscal year and will address the $536 million gap for Fiscal Year (FY) 16.