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Today's News

  • Davis convicted of first-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis will serve a sentence of life in prison after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates and wounded David Patton.

    The jury deliberated for two hours on the evening of Jan. 19 before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling and one count of violating a protective order.

  • ‘Ninja Warriors’ to raise money for fitness center

    Ninjas usually work in the shadows, but the ones coming to Galax this week want to be seen.

    Three competitors from the popular NBC show “American Ninja Warrior” will be in town for several activities throughout the weekend of Jan. 27-28 that will benefit the Fit to Serve 122 campaign, an effort to raise money for the Curtis Bartlett Memorial Fitness Center project at Galax High School.

  • Plotting course for Grayson's future

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has approved a list of initiatives proposed by County Administrator Bill Shepley, including better access to broadband and healthcare, a community wellness center, shopping options for the Mount Rogers area, job training, better opportunities for tourism and agriculture and a community for senior citizens.

    The ideas will be further studied by a selection of committees.

  • Candidate finds no process for filing grievance

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    Phillip Berrier, who lost the Fancy Gap District race for Carroll County Board of Supervisors by one vote in the November 2017 election, has reached out the State Board of Elections about his concerns about two provisional votes.

    Berrier told The Gazette that he intended to file a grievance with the board about the recount process, but discovered that no such process to handle grievances existed.

  • Courthouse locked down after threat

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Courthouse went on lockdown Thursday after the Clerk of Circuit Court’s office received a suspicious letter with a note at around 11 a.m., according to Deputy County Administrator Mitchell Smith and Virginia State Police Lt. D.L. Reedy.

    The trial of Greyling Davis, for the homicide of Karen Cates, was taking place in the circuit court at the time, but Smith said, “I’d be surprised it if it had anything to do with the trial.”

  • 'Farmer John' supports Carroll's plan to sell wine

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – After listening to opposition in December, the Carroll Board of Supervisors this month heard from a farmer who supports the county’s plan to sell beer and wine at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, which is located inside the retail portion of the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market.

    The board held a public hearing at its Dec. 11 meeting about the proposal. Two people, Debby Brady and Mandi McCraw, spoke against it.

  • Dangerous winds overturn tractor-trailers

    By ETHAN CAMPBELL, Staff

    FANCY GAP – Dangerous driving conditions resulted in an accident on Fancy Gap Mountain during the early morning hours of Jan. 18, in which three tractor-trailers were overturned due to extremely high winds; blocking both northbound lanes of Interstate 77.

    The Virginia State Police and Cana Rescue Squad first responded to the scene at 7:44 a.m. Thursday, followed shortly after by Carroll County EMS.

    The accidents occurred near the 2 milemarker on I-77, at the Virginia-North Carolina border.

  • DNA, prints link victim to suspects

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Fingerprint and DNA evidence is revealing more links between a murder victim and two suspects in her death.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg was killed in January 2016 and her body was found a few days later near Galax.

    Evidence filed with the Montgomery County Circuit Court shows Lovell’s blood on tools, cleaning supplies, boots and other evidence. The fingerprints of the two suspects also appear on several items, according to court documents.

  • Owners offer $1,000 reward for missing dog

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK — The family of a missing therapy dog is offering a $1,000 for her safe return or information leading to her location, no questions asked.

    Stella, a 2-year-old brindle boxer, went missing from her Laurel Fork home in Carroll County on Jan. 8. She is in training to become a therapy dog, and assists owner Emily Goad’s nephew with his ADHD.

  • Love is the focus of King celebration

    The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, hosted by McMillian Ministries in Galax on Sunday, was lighter in attendance and shorter in duration than in past years, but still filled with spirit and song.