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Today's News

  • Replacing fire trucks will cost millions

    HILLSVILLE — Faced with an aging fire fleet, Carroll officials expect to soon start spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on replacing these emergency response vehicles, according to a discussion at the April 14 county board meeting.
    Emergency Services Director Mike Mock told the supervisors of a 40-year-old brush truck in the county and other apparatus around 30 years old in an aging fleet among the Hillsville, Cana and Laurel Fork departments.

  • Grayson approves teacher raises

    INDEPENDENCE – All employees of Grayson County Public Schools will receive a pay increase for the 2014-15 school year after school board members voted unanimously to approve new pay scales during their regular meeting this month.
    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant approached the board during the April 14 meeting with the request to consider the increases.

  • U.S. Cellular break-in suspects sought

    The Galax Police Department is on the lookout for two men in connection with a recent break-in at U.S. Cellular.
    On April 3 at 8 a.m., police responded to a report of a broken door glass at U.S. Cellular store at 1136 E. Stuart Drive.
    According to a police report shared with The Gazette by Capt. James Cox, two men broke in to the store at 7 a.m. by breaking through the front door glass, and removed an undisclosed amount of merchandise from the building.

  • NASCAR driver helps buy clothes for Carroll kids

     

  • Crouse runs for another term on city council

    The ballot in the May 6 election will include five candidates vying for four seats on the Galax City Council board.
    Margo Crouse has decided to run for her second term.

  • Spangler appointed to Galax School Board

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Galax City School Board will welcome newcomer Larry Spangler to their table this summer.
    Spangler, who has an impressive history of teaching in the classroom and coaching sports, is looking forward to bringing those perspectives to the board in the hopes of serving the schools that have nurtured his career for several decades.

  • I-77 motorcyclist critical after crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police said that a Bluefield man injured in a Friday morning motorcycle wreck on Interstate 77 was in critical condition.
    A helicopter flew Darren Wayne Coe, 45, to Roanoke for treatment after the incident near mile marker 19 at about 10:30 a.m.
    When southbound traffic slowed in front of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Coe could not stop, according to a report by Trooper C.M. Delp.
    The motorcycle struck the back of a 2004 van, driven by Donald Goetz of Edinboro, Pa.

  • Council wants more info on new school plan

    The Galax Planning Commission will have a second opportunity to vote on a recommendation for the approval of a conditional use permit for Galax City Schools to build a new elementary school in the city.
    A request for a possible expansion of the school system brought a substantial divide within the community last month. A lengthy discussion about the construction of a school on a property located off of Kipling Lane and portions of Kenbrook Drive resulted in a split vote from the planning commission.

  • Murder suspect once lived in Hillsville

    The suspect in three April 13 shooting deaths in Overland Park, Kan., temporarily moved to Hillsville in 1987 to begin a “white power” group, but failed to attract a single member, by his own account.
    Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, who also uses the last name Cross, faces charges of first-degree murder after the shooting outside a Jewish Community Center and retirement complex in the suburban Kansas City community, according to news reports. He is also expected to face hate crime charges.

  • No tax increase in Carroll's 'lean' budget

    HILLSVILLE — Shuffling resources and cutting costs became the Carroll County budget committee’s way to balance the fiscal year 2015 proposal without a tax increase, according to the presentation at the supervisors’ regular April meeting Monday.
    County officials now hope they can continue to balance future budgets faced with rising expenses from commitments already made — many of which involved capital improvement costs at schools, as shown in a presentation to the supervisors by Assistant Administrator Nikki Cannon.