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Today's News

  • State legislators designate Suicide Prevention Week

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Joshua Alburger grew up in a large, supportive family in Goochland, says his sister, Marcie Allen. “We were nurtured, loved, respected and made to feel safe.”

    Their parents had five children of their own while raising an additional five, Allen said. She said that later in life, Alburger developed a mental illness and struggled with suicidal thoughts. In 2013, at age 32, he died by suicide, leaving behind a wife of 10 years and three children.

  • Cana man charged with two car thefts

    Staff Reports

    A Cana man is in custody after police say he stole two cars last week and eluded police after he was spotted driving the second vehicle.

    On Feb. 12 at approximately 7:10 p.m., deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the new Dollar General Store in Laurel Fork on U.S. 58 to take a stolen vehicle report, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • Drivers urged to 'Zone In' near Galax schools

    Staff Report

    Galax students and parents dropping them off at school may not be aware that, just a few blocks from the campuses, Galax Safe Routes to School has yard signs posted in the Parkwood Street neighborhood urging drivers to “Slow Down! Keep our kids safe,” and the message behind it goes deep.

  • Local banks to become Skyline

    INDEPENDENCE — Since the announcement came in November 2015 that Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd would combine their 200-plus years of banking experience, the two entities have put many hours of time and effort into a smooth transition, as well as appropriate new branding that reflects their shared core values.

    This week, the two banks announced that their new, combined name will be Skyline National Bank: a nod to the local communities they will continue to serve.

  • Virginia Senate OKs 'religious freedom' bill

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Democratic officials and the American Civil Liberties Union blasted Republican senators after they passed a “religious freedom” bill that would protect people who refuse to marry same-gender couples.

  • Fries welcomes new assistant town manager

    FRIES — February’s Fries Town Council meeting opened with the introduction of Brian Martin, who will serve as a part-time town manager along with Brian Reed.

    Martin is employed by the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, and serves as a circuit town manager for the Glade Spring and Troutdale communities, in addition to his new position in Fries.

    Martin’s day job, he says, is his position as a loan funds administrator.

  • Police: man threatened to kill girlfriend

    Staff Reports

    An argument on Feb. 12 escalated into violence and death threats, according a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said deputies responded at approximately 4 p.m. to a complaint on Epworth Road, where witnesses said a Dodge flatbed truck was trying to ram another vehicle.

  • Disturbance call leads to drug arrests

    Staff Reports

    A disturbance at a Galax business resulted in drug charges and one person being arrested on an outstanding warrant for assault.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark reported that on Jan. 30, members of the Galax Police Department were dispatched to a business on South Main Street to investigate a complaint of two customers who were causing a disturbance.

    Officers Chris Hines and Dakota Martin responded and encountered two individuals who appeared to be drug-impaired, according to the report.

  • GOING VIRAL: flu empties local classrooms

    The dreaded flu virus has declared open season in the Twin Counties, and some school systems in the area are feeling the effects with more absences than normal.

    In the past week, Carroll County Public Schools saw a large number of student absences, climbing into the hundreds for a few schools inside the division.

    “We noticed an increase in absences on [Feb. 9-10], but not nearly as bad as the last two days,” Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told The Gazette on Tuesday.

  • Amendment could help SWVTC residents

    RICHMOND — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed an amendment to its budget proposal that would prohibit the discharge of residents at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.