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Today's News

  • 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.


  • TCRH offers help with healthcare enrollment

    This week marks the last day of health care coverage for those with a 2014 Health Insurance Marketplace plan, and the first day of available covered for 2015, depending on when individuals enrolled or re-enrolled.

    Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH) in Galax is offering advice during this open enrollment season, which lasts through Feb. 15.

  • 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.

  • Dog rescued by Galax officer back with owner

    Galax Police Officer Darrin Alley helped reunite an owner with his lost dog in time for the holidays this year.

    After rescuing a beagle pup from the middle of U.S. 58 in Galax, a photo of the rescue taken by a citizen circulated the web, and gained the attention of animal-lovers throughout the community. Less than two days after the pup was rescued, he was reunited with his owner, according to posts from the police department’s Facebook page.

  • Gov. briefs lawmakers on budget cuts, spending

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his administration has closed the state’s $2.4 billion budget shortfall and has millions to spare for new spending.

    The governor recently proposed amendments to the state’s two-year budget before members of the House and Senate financial committees.

  • State parks holding New Year's hikes, rides

    On Jan. 1, all 36 Virginia State Parks will offer hiking opportunities, contests and special events.

    This is the fourth year Virginia State Parks has participated in this America’s State Parks initiative to get people outdoors and into parks.

    Grayson Highlands State Park and the New River Trail State Park, which passes through Galax and Carroll and Grayson Counties, both will be participating in the First Day Hike event.

    New River Trail will offer a 10-mile bike ride. Participants can use their own bike or rent one from the park.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.