Today's News

  • Health enrollment is here

    Landmark News Service

    The season to sign up for 2016 health insurance is here, and most people will see a trend of premiums increasing moderately and deductibles, co-payments and surcharges growing at a faster clip.

    One unavoidable reality: If you decide to go without coverage next year, it’ll cost you more at tax time.

    This year’s penalty climbs to the higher of two amounts: $695 for each adult in the household and $347.50 for every child, up to a maximum of $2,085 for a family; or 2.5 percent of your family income.

  • Fire destroys Laurel Fork home

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK – Fire and emergency crews responded to a residential fire on Oct. 24 in the Laurel Fork community. All occupants were able to get out safely and no injuries were reported.

    According to Dale Edmonds with Laurel Fork Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters were called to a residence at 265 Windy Hill Drive around 8:30 p.m. The home was a single-family structure, around 6,000 square feet.

  • Candidate answers ad's claims about experience

    Staff Report

    A candidate for Grayson County Circuit Court clerk contends there are inaccuracies about him in what he called a “rather negative” campaign advertisement that the Grayson County and Galax Bar Association placed Wednesday.

    The ad in The Gazette and Declaration newspapers on Wednesday provided an endorsement for Grayson Circuit Clerk Susan Herrington, who is seeking re-election, while also raising questions about opponent Robert "Bobby" Williams’ record and past employment.

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments


    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned a variety of indictments against 16 people on Oct. 23.

    James Edward Lawrence, 33, of Galax, was indicted for obtaining money by fraud. He was charged earlier this year for allegedly collecting bounty money on coyotes killed outside Grayson County.

  • Boo Ridge runners flee on 'Trail of Terror'

    HILLSVILLE – The 2nd annual Boo Ridge Halloween Spooktacular Trail of Terror Run/Walk drew a large crowd of goblins, superheroes, princesses and farm animals despite the rainy weather.

    The event was held as a fundraiser for the Carroll County Special Olympics (CCSO) on Oct. 10 at Hillsville Elementary School. Participants competed in the Little Goblin Fun Run, the Monster Mile and the Trail of Terror 5K, as well as costume contests in several different categories. All proceeds went to the CCSO for its yearly activities and events.

  • Adkins, Stanley running for Va. Senate 20th District

    In the 20th District of Virginia, incumbent Republican Bill Stanley and former mayor of Martinsville and Democratic challenger Kim Adkins are competing for the position of Virginia State Senator.

    Among other locales, the 20th includes part of Carroll County and all of the City of Galax.

    Below are some topics raised by The Gazette in separate interviews and their responses, for the edification of voters.

    Job Creation Strategies and Economic Development

  • Halloween fun planned throughout Twin Counties

    The Galax Downtown Association will once again host the Galax Downtown Safe Halloween Bash.

    As in years past, local businesses, churches and organizations will gather in the center of downtown to play games and give treats to fun-loving kids of all ages.

    Costume contests, free hotdogs and drinks for the children, ghoulishly fun music, pumpkin carving and more activities are planned for Saturday.

  • Schools examine homeschool, religious exemptions

    INDEPENDENCE — With the recent rise in SOL test scores, Grayson County school officials are examining trends in Average Daily Membership (ADM) and how they correlate to test score performance.

    Specifically, the Grayson County School Board is curious to see how the ratio of homeschool and religious-exempt students compares to the number of students enrolled in public school, as SOL test scores improve.

  • Shaw seeks Oldtown seat in Grayson

    Staff Report

    Larry “Luke” Shaw is a candidate for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors Oldtown District in the Nov. 3 election.

    Shaw is a lifelong resident of Grayson County, having lived his whole life in the Oldtown District. He is the son of the late Connie and Nora Shaw and has raised three children in Grayson County, all of whom have been educated in the Grayson County Public School System.

  • Davis, Helmick seek seat on Galax City Council

    Galax City Council elections are typically in May, but one seat is up for grabs on Nov. 3 in a special election.

    After council member Bill Webb left before the end of his term, council appointed William “Bill” Davis to fill his position until elections this fall.

    Now, Davis is running to be elected to the post and Ches Helmick is challenging. Davis is a manager at First Citizens Bank in Galax; Helmick is a financial advisor at Edward Jones of Galax.