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Today's News

  • Turman fire proves difficult

    Details about a boiler fire at Turman's Flooring in Galax were unavailable at press time, but the Galax Fire Department and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to an alert at 11:23 a.m. on Wednesday and were still fighting the tenacious blaze late into the afternoon.

    Multiple engines were on scene, along with the department's 102-foot ladder truck, to hose the boiler down. While no fire was visible from the ground, smoke was in evidence; firefighters were engaged in a multistage process to extinguish the blaze throughout the hardwood flooring plant in West Galax.

  • School board finds few budget solutions

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — At a work session April 27, the Grayson County School Board found more questions than answers as members tried to balance the 2015-2016 operating budget.

    Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a revised budget for board members to consider.

    Chalfant said in a statement to The Gazette, “the numbers are all dependent on student count, so depending on which number we plug in, the amount to cut will vary.”

  • HoustonFest 2015 best yet, organizer say

    Despite a decidedly chilly Friday, the fifth annual HoustonFest, held last weekend in Galax’s Felts Park, saw more people than ever, according to at least two organizers.

    The festival, run as a collaboration between Houston Caldwell’s family and the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, celebrates the life of the late volunteer firefighter and musician and honors his legacy through funding scholarships for young musicians.

  • Williams seeks court clerk post in Grayson

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Democratic candidate Robert “Bobby” Williams presented his campaign platform during an April 21 kick-off event in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

    Williams, currently an independent legal research consultant, hopes to unseat the one-term incumbent candidate, Republican Susan Herrington, in the Nov. 3 election.

  • CCMS students evacuated for bomb threat

    HILLSVILLE ― Students were evacuated from Carroll County Middle School Tuesday morning, after reports of a bomb threat put the school on lockdown for more than an hour.

    According to an official report from Principal Marc Quesenberry, the administrative office received a report from a teacher Tuesday morning, saying that a student informed them of a threatening message on a bathroom wall. Upon investigation, the teacher confirmed that there was a written bomb threat on the wall.

  • Naturalists to explore Grayson's highlands

    The 2015 Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally begins May 8 in Grayson County, beginning with the annual dinner in Konnarock.

    The event begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with registration and sign-ups for field trips to be held Saturday. For those only interested in the field trips, registration resumes at 7 a.m. on Saturday, at the Konnarock Community Center.

    There are morning and afternoon outings, with a hotdog lunch break in between. There will be cultural hikes to historic Troutdale and Fairwood Valley.

  • Hillsville could require utility rate hike to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE — Water and wastewater expenses will be a major factor in planning for the Town of Hillsville’s 2015-16 budget.

    Town officials held a budget workshop April 28, where a rough draft of the proposal was presented to council by Town Manager Retta Jackson and town Treasurer LeAnna Hines.

  • Riders oppose closing horse trails

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A group of Grayson County area horseback riding enthusiasts is speaking out against a U.S. Forest Service proposal to close 80 percent of the trails its members use in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Galax Theatre Guild takes final bow

    The Galax Theatre Guild celebrated 40 years of making memories on stage with a 40th Anniversary Gala at the Galax Golf Course country club on April 24.

    Following a dinner, the guild presented a musical revue featuring some of its finest performers over the years.

  • Man charged with grand larceny, burglary

    A Laurel Fork man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary that was reported on April 26, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Galax police responded to Ward’s Auto and U-Haul Rental on Jefferson Street in the city, where the owner reported that someone had broken in to the business, the report said. The victim discovered a 2007 Ford Truck had been stolen, after the suspect allegedly obtained the keys during the burglary.