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Today's News

  • Car crash snaps pole

    A car accident on Calloway Street in Galax on Monday evening snapped a telephone pole in half.

    The one-vehicle crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 28, according to Galax Police Captain James Cox. A maroon 2002 Chevrolet TrailblazerSUV crashed into a telephone pole, snapping it near the base, according to emergency dispatch.

  • Carroll changes the way it picks top grads

    HILLSVILLE — Beginning this fall, Carroll County Public Schools’ top graduates will be honored differently than in previous years.

    Instead of choosing a class valedictorian and salutatorian, two students will be chosen from the Summa Cum Laude graduates by members of the senior class and members of the school’s faculty and staff to serve as graduation speakers, according to the student handbook.

  • Dees departs as senior director

    Mike Dees is exactly the person you’d want to show you how to perform a difficult exercise move or figure out a complicated craft step: vigorous and competent, but also friendly and patient.

    In repose, he has a glow of health and the appearance of stored energy waiting to be used with steady economy: he’s at rest, but not because he needs to be.

  • Galax man charged with four burglaries

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged in connection with four burglaries that occurred in the city.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Dustin Michael Farmer, 19, is alleged to have broken in to Campbell’s Optometry on Glendale Road on July 18, 21 and 22. Farmer is also charged with the July 23 burglary of V&M Recycling on Clover Street.

  • Grayson residents can now pay bills at secure 'lockbox'

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents now have the opportunity to pay bills to the treasurer’s office without having to pay for postage or leave their vehicles, thanks to a new lockbox service.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Woman wins $1 million in state lottery

    After selling a winning $1 million scratch-off ticket, Cockerham’s Foodmart in Galax received $10,000 from the Virginia Lottery.

    “I was here when the winner came in and scratched it off,” said store manager Travis Felts. He described the winner as a regular at the Foodmart. “A lot of people talk about it. It’s helped all around – sales, gas, everything.”

  • Copeland named Citizen of the Month for July

    HILLSVILLE — Bill “Doc” Copeland was chosen as July’s Citizen of the Month by Laurel Fork Council Member Greg Yonce at Hillsville Town Council’s July 14 meeting.

    “I find it very fitting that Bill Copeland receive the Citizen of the Month for July, as this is the month that Bill is retiring,” said Yonce as he presented the award to Copeland that evening.

    The Danville, along with his wife and three daughters, moved 90 miles west over the mountains to Hillsville.