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Today's News

  • Disturbance call leads to drug arrests

    Staff Reports

    A disturbance at a Galax business resulted in drug charges and one person being arrested on an outstanding warrant for assault.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark reported that on Jan. 30, members of the Galax Police Department were dispatched to a business on South Main Street to investigate a complaint of two customers who were causing a disturbance.

    Officers Chris Hines and Dakota Martin responded and encountered two individuals who appeared to be drug-impaired, according to the report.

  • GOING VIRAL: flu empties local classrooms

    The dreaded flu virus has declared open season in the Twin Counties, and some school systems in the area are feeling the effects with more absences than normal.

    In the past week, Carroll County Public Schools saw a large number of student absences, climbing into the hundreds for a few schools inside the division.

    “We noticed an increase in absences on [Feb. 9-10], but not nearly as bad as the last two days,” Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told The Gazette on Tuesday.

  • Amendment could help SWVTC residents

    RICHMOND — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed an amendment to its budget proposal that would prohibit the discharge of residents at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.

  • Rescued horses need sponsors

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Rugby Creek Animal Rescue is seeking sponsors for three new rescue horses on their farm.

    A few weeks ago, the rescue accepted three malnourished horses from Grayson County Animal Control. Rugby Creek cared for the horses while the case progressed through the court system; and the rescue was subsequently awarded the horses by a judge last month. The rescue is owned by sisters Kelly and Ashley Smart.

  • Artist shares experience as immigrant

    Motorists and pedestrians in downtown Galax on Monday afternoon were given a chance to see a brief art installation on the former Carter Bank & Trust lot at Center and Main by Rob Ponce, a local artist and food service worker.

    Included were a silver mannequin, a handmade posterboard with a peace symbol and “respétame” (Mexican Spanish for “respect me”), a tattered American flag and Ponce himself, sitting crosslegged and meditating.

  • Readers Hotline 2/20/17

    Extra credit
    I would like to comment on the “staying eligible” call, that  two students at an area high school had grades changed to Ds at the end of a semester. I want to report that these kids went after school. They had to stay at remediation to make up their grades. It was not given to them and I don’t think they need to be talking about the school to begin with because they don’t know what they are talking about. These kids had to work for their grades. They had to make their grades up.

  • Cavaliers thump Colonels

    HILLSVILLE –– In the Conference 24 championship game Thursday, Carroll County point guard Mattie Kennedy scored a career-high 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, distributed seven assists, hit a pair of huge third-quarter 3-pointers and forced William Fleming to put her on the foul line 17 times in the second half.

    “Can you ask for anything more from a kid?” asked Cavalier coach Marc Motley.

  • Galax looks ahead to budget challenges

    Galax schools will face a budget challenge this year.

    At the Jan. 10 Galax City School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that there is “close to a $300,000 hurdle” to get over already in the budget, due to the rising cost of Virginia Retirement System contributions and Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s financial supplement (with a local funding match) being taken away.

  • He's five

    Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his fifth birthday Dec. 29, 2016, with a Paw Patrol party at the Carroll County Library. His parents are Brittany Tucker and William Spencer Jr.

  • Public record for 2/15/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in June of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: