Today's News

  • Walk up, not out: GHS addresses school safety

    Galax High School students were presented with a “Walk Up, Not Out” program in the auditorium on March 14, designed to promote school safety and honor the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims in Parkland, Fla., one month earlier.

    The program included videos, one by GHS students and one by the Sandy Hook Promise Group, a clip of CNN’s Anderson Cooper reading the names of the Parkland dead and words from Principal Justin Iroler.

  • Rose sentenced for burglary, protective order violation

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose was sentenced to serve two years in prison on March 8, after being found guilty of grand larceny, burglary and violation of a protective order last month.

    Rose was charged with other offenses, including arson, in April 2017 after police investigated a fire at an apartment above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence. The apartment was rented by his estranged wife, Samantha Gray.

  • Readers Hotline 3/21/18

    Taxpayers’ money
    I was just wondering how much of the taxpayers’ money was used by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to publish all the delinquent tax names and the amounts owed. I think they should have used that money to help clear it up, especially for some of the seniors and some of the people who aren’t able to find jobs and work. Thank you so much and I hope Carroll County Supervisors have a lovely day.

  • Readers Hotline 3/19/18

    Waiting on Wildwood
    Whatever happened with the Wildwood Industrial Park over by Hillsville? It’s been several years since Grayson County threw in with Carroll County to attract some business there. I think they were offering tax breaks to any new businesses locating there. That’s nothing but a bribe and it defrauds local people of tax support for schools and other essential services. We need to figure out some better use for the land out there at Wildwood.

  • Principal nominated for 'LifeChanger' award

    FRIES — Fries School Principal John Alexander has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

    Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States, “who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.”

    Alexander was nominated by an anonymous colleague, according to a news release.

  • Chamber brings members 'together to prosper'

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Chamber of Commerce has announced a new logo design and motto for the regional organization.

    In mid-2017, the executive board began an initiative to re-brand and launch a new identity for the chamber in 2018, according to a news release.

    The initiative was led by a newly formed marketing and communication committee of seven members of the executive board. The design was led by Brazzell Marketing Agency of Woodlawn.

  • Readers Hotline 3/14/18

    Seating at The Rex
    I saw in The Gazette where the Galax received a grant. Why don’t they use some of that money to buy new seats for the Rex Theater? They bring in a lot of visitors into town. The old seats are breaking with people. I have seen some break with two older ones already. Someone is going to get hurt. They never say anything at The Rex while the visitors are there about buying a seat. That would probably help. I already have one but I will probably never get to see it. I just wonder why they don’t try to get more seats in there.

  • Gas drive-off leads to 90 mph chase, crash


    A Galax woman faces 23 charges stemming from a high-speed chase that began in Carroll County last Friday morning and ended in Grayson County.

    According to Senior Trooper Bryan Phipps of the Virginia State Police, a car drove off without paying $10 for gas at Country Convenience near Fries in Carroll County, shortly after 8 a.m.

  • Grayson facing school budget challenges

    INDEPENDENCE — Lack of funding from multiple resources will result in a tight budget this year for the Grayson County School Board, but it is already planning ahead for more improvements in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Meth found in popcorn box leads to arrest

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man faces 40 years in federal prison and up to a $5 million fine after probation officers found methamphetamine hidden inside a microwave popcorn box in his home.

    According to documents on file in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Keith Joseph Snyder, 37, was already on probation at the time for a previous federal drug trafficking conviction.