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Today's News

  • Fries fire under investigation

    FRIES — A structure fire on Winding Road in Fries on Sept. 13 was referred to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.

    Firefighters were called to the home at the intersection of Ivanhoe Road at about 4 p.m. that day.

    According to Fries Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Underwood, the small house had been abandoned for about eight years.

  • State offers amnesty for delinquent taxpayers

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced the start of the 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program, which provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest between Sept. 13 and Nov. 14.

    Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the program assumes collection of $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health and public safety, as well as provide a cash reserve.

  • Devil upset bid falls short

    MARION –– In playing its first game ever against Marion, Grayson County also squared off for the first time against a school starting with the letter ‘M.’ Two fourth-quarter return touchdowns turned the game – and that M – upside-down.

    The Scarlet Hurricane picked up its fifth W of the season by returning a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns, overtaking the Blue Devils 18-10 in a nondistrict game at Hurricane Stadium.

  • Foundation has helped grads achieve dreams for 30 years

    For the past 30 years, Galax residents have opened their hearts (and their checkbooks) to support the scholarships offered by the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education.

    The foundation has handed out more than $1 million and helped hundreds of Galax graduates achieve their dream of going to college since it began in 1987. It has come a long way since then, when the foundation awarded only two scholarships, totaling a mere $500.

  • Readers Hotline 9/20/17

    Careth not
    For 25 years, since property became a rental on Pinehurst Street in Independence, it has really ruined the value of our home. We have tried all these years to get something done without success. I have personally asked the owner to cut the grass and clean up the trash and the reply was, “I’m doing nothing for you.” Please help us.


    Seen enough
    The Gazette has carried enough about Deputy Curtis Bartlett. Enough is enough. Stop printing news of the deceased.


  • Public record for 9/18/17 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in May in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Shock and awe

    Seven Galax players combined for eight first-half touchdowns Friday and the Maroon Tide raced past Rural Retreat 63-7 in a Mountain Empire District game at Galax High School.

    Galax, winner of three straight games, built a halftime lead of seven touchdowns or more for the second week in a row, winning for the third straight week after an opening-night loss to Glenvar.

    The Maroon Tide (3-1 overall, 1-0 MED) scored three rushing touchdowns, three passing touchdowns and two TDs on returns, all in the first half, scoring four times in each of the first two quarters.

  • Third-quarter profits

    INDEPENDENCE –– Every week, nearly every football team everywhere claims the fourth quarter as “ours.” Friday night at Bill Strong Field, Glenvar laid indisputable claim to the oft-overlooked third.

  • Readers Hotline 9/18/17

    Keep it simple

  • Civil War letters reveal lives on front lines, back home

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Henry Lindsey, a Carroll County soldier in the 29th Virginia lnfantry, wrote to his wife: “I drawed soap today for the first time — about the size of a hen egg. We have to pay $1.50 per lb. for soap to wash our clothes.”

    His wife Polly, writing from their home in the Dugspur area, replied to Henry: “Times are very hard in Carroll and everything is scarce and powerful high: pork $1.50 a lb., butter $3, wheat $15...”