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Today's News

  • Joy Ranch holds annual live Nativity

    Joy Ranch’s annual live Nativity on Dec. 13 was a well-crafted spectacle for the faithful.

    Set up in a drive-thru format, cars stopped at each tableau. The scenes featured a scribe who read the nativity passage from a scroll, shepherds watching their flocks, a choir of angels, wise men with camels, a robed traveler with a live donkey, a pair of Roman soldiers taking a census for Caesar, innkeepers with no room and the infant Jesus with his family, in a stable topped with a star.

  • City, counties receive enterprise zone status

    RICHMOND — Galax, Carroll and Grayson are part of a new regional enterprise zone, which will help with business recruitment and expansion through state grants and incentives.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced new and renewed Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ) designations, and the application from the city and counties was approved.

  • Tougher laws for senior drivers take effect Jan. 1

    Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers go into effect in Virginia on Jan. 1, including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific procedures for in-person renewals.

    The new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80.

    Virginia drivers age 75 and older will no longer be eligible to renew their driver’s license electronically or by mail.

    Instead, they must apply in person for every renewal, beginning at age 75.

  • Letters to Santa 2014

    Ms. Brannock and Mrs. Davis’ Pre-K Class

    Oakland Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa, I need a new toy box because I am going to need it to put my presents in. I want a John Deer Tractor to play with, a new calendar because I didn’t have one. I think I would have a TV. in my bedroom because I don’t have one. I don’t leave anything for Santa but I want something else. I want a table to set my TV. on. 

    Love, Ian Hill

     

  • School chiefs applaud potential SOL changes

    RICHMOND — Local school superintendents reacted positively to the state Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee’s first round of interim recommendations released earlier this month.

    The 12 recommendations will now be sent to the Board of Education and the General Assembly, detailing ways to reform the SOL assessments, recognize and promote student growth and encourage creativity in the classroom.


  • Davis chosen to fill Galax council seat

    After a closed-session meeting on Monday night, Galax City Council appointed Bill Davis Jr. to fill the empty council seat left by former council member Bill Webb, who officially stepped down earlier this month.

    Davis serves on the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and Southwest Regional Enterprise Center boards. He is also the manager at First Citizens Bank in Galax.

  • WWII veteran finds identity of local pen pal

    Last year, The Gazette was approached by a World War II veteran from Florida, who asked for help to locate a lost pen pal from Galax.

    Jack Sutherland, who now lives in Florida, had corresponded with a woman from Galax while he served in the U.S. Navy, on a Pittsburgh heavy cruiser with the ship number CA-72.

  • Carroll sheriff's office gets drug drop-off unit

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant from CVS Pharmacy to install an unused prescription drug collection unit, according to a news release.

    The new unit will be located at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office lobby, where it will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.

  • Bill would help terminal patients get experimental treatments

    When the Virginia General Assembly convenes in January, Sen. Bill Stanley plans to introduce a piece of healthcare legislation aimed at helping terminally ill patients.

    Stanley (R-20th District) represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

    Stanley’s SB732, seeks to expand access to experimental drugs and other devices to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to utilize these treatments in order to prolong or save their lives.

  • Store donates to Community Kitchen

    The Hillsville Super Dollar donated $1,000 to God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen on Dec. 19.

    Darren Phillips, district operations manager (also pastor at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church), and Brandon Desmond, Hillsville Super Dollar store manager, met with the Kitchen’s Becky McLendon at its Rooftop of Virginia headquarters in Galax.