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Today's News

  • Worker dies in American Mirror accident

    UPDATED 7/24/14:

    The death of a Carroll County man in an industrial accident is being investigated by the Galax Police Department and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 37, a maintenance worker at the American Mirror plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, died July 23 when he became trapped in a piece of the factory's equipment and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Vehicle rolls over, causes injury

    CANA ― First responders were called to a single vehicle accident in Cana on Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in injury after a vehicle rolled over.
    E-911 dispatch put out a call to 1346 Old Piper's Gap Road at approximately 3:44 p.m. on Wednesday, reporting that a person had been ejected from a vehicle, sustaining injury.

  • Core bringing 250 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today, Wednesday, that Core Health & Fitness LLC, a leader in developing and marketing advanced strength and cardio equipment for the fitness industry, will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Grayson County.

    A news release announcing the deal said that Virginia successfully competed against California and China for the project, which will create 250 new jobs.

    At its height of production, Med-Fit employed around 100 people at the plant.

  • Witness' memories questioned in murder case

    HILLSVILLE — A witness’ testimony in the murder trial against Matthew Steven Jones was heard on Monday as part of an evidence suppression hearing at Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, who was reported missing on April 16, 2013. Jones was reportedly the last person to see her before she disappeared. She was found dead beside a road in Grayson County about a month later.

  • Core will add new product lines

    INDEPENDENCE — After Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Core Health & Fitness LLC will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Independence and employ 250 workers, two of the company’s executives spoke to The Gazette in more detail about Core Health’s plans.

    “We’ll be starting out with the same lines [and] with the same products that we made prior to the sale,” said Jon Little, vice president of operations.

    The plant makes Nautilus fitness equipment.

  • Hail to the chef

    Sophie Haga, 12, of Galax represented Virginia as the statewide winner of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which invited children to develop tasty, affordable and healthy lunches.

    Sophie, who will be starting seventh grade this fall at Galax Middle School, submitted a healthy lunch recipe for Chia Chicken Pitas that won her a seat representing the Commonwealth at the First Lady’s annual Kids’ State Dinner.

  • Smoke on the Mountain 2014 Winners

    The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce held the 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Championship on July 18-19, which also serves as Virginia’s official barbecue contest.

    The Galax competition is a qualifying event for three national contests — Memphis In May, Kansas City Barbecue Society and the World Food Championship.

    Here are this year’s winners:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY

  • Crash results in DUI charge

    HILLSVILLE — An Alabama woman was charged with a driving under the influence after crashing her car over an embankment in Hillsville on July 20.

    The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. last Sunday on U.S. 52, approximately one-tenth of a mile north of Hanging Tree Road, according to a report filed by Virginia State Police Senior Troper K.D. Blackburn, who investigated the accident.

  • Two charged with stealing electronics

    A Wytheville couple was arrested and charged with the theft of electronic equipment at the Galax Walmart on July 16.

    Thanks to numerous tips received after the Galax Police Department shared security camera photos on its Facebook page, Jessica Lynn Sexton, 21, and Joseph Smith IV, 23, were charged with grand larceny and petit larceny by Galax Senior Police Officer John Reavis.

    A police report said tips identifying the suspects were received within the first 30 minutes of the post.

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life set for this weekend

    HILLSVILLE — The 2014 Galax/Carroll Relay for Life will be held on July 25-26 at Carroll County High School.

    Preceding the main event, a Survivor’s Banquet will be held to honor the area’s cancer survivors and their caregivers on July 23, at the Hillsville First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 4-6 p.m. The church is located at 225 Fulcher Street in Hillsville, across the road from Trinity Mission and up the hill behind the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department.