Today's News

  • SENATE RACE: Poll shows Warner leading Gillespie

    Republican Ed Gillespie has narrowed the gap, but Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s broad-based support still gives him a solid lead in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, according to a statewide survey released Oct. 31 by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    Likely voters favor Warner by 51 percent, compared with 44 percent for Gillespie, according to the survey. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis holds a 2 percent share of the overall vote, with only 3 percent undecided.

  • Woman charged with stealing newspapers

    A Galax woman was convicted last week on two charges of stealing and tampering with coin-operated newspaper racks.

    Michelle Ann Dunford, 36, was convicted Oct. 27 in Galax General District Court on charges of stealing newspapers from racks owned by The Roanoke Times and Winston-Salem Journal.

    The racks were positioned outside of Aunt Bea’s restaurant in Galax.

  • Same-sex marriage worthy of coverage

    In recent weeks Gazette readers have shared plenty of feedback about two news reports that were published on the topic of same-sex marriage. We’ve heard a strong response from both sides.

    Some are happy to see the change that has taken place since federal court rulings resulted in allowing same-sex couples the same marriage rights as other couples. Others have vented, sharing feelings of concern and even anger about the court decision and our coverage decisions.

  • Child dies in Cana wreck on Halloween night

    UPDATE 11/4:

    Christopher Woolwine has been charged with homicide in the death of his 4-year-old son in a Cana wreck on Oct. 31. State police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.


    CANA — A Christiansburg man will face multiple charges for two separate wrecks that occurred in Cana on Friday, resulting in multiple injuries and the death of a 4-year-old child.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: October 26-November 1


    Carroll County scored five touchdowns in its first 23 plays, hammering Grundy 42-14. Five different Cavaliers had at least one TD each, including Ulisis Moreno, who scored twice and was 6-of-6 on PATs.

    Covington rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter, driving 77 yards in the final four minutes for a 30-26 win over Galax. 

    Grayson County attempted its first PAT kick in more than two years, and Mario Ruiz’s boot was true as the Blue Devils nipped Bland County 7-6.


    So here we are. Two games to go.

    Barring any weather-related postponements, by about 10:30 p.m. seven days from today the regular season will come to a close and the bloated 192-team playoffs, divided into six classifications, will be finalized. Of the 306 football-playing high schools in the state, 21 teams still carry hopes of taking a perfect record into the postseason. As far as Twin County teams go, one’s in, one’s out and one’s still trying to decide.


  • Blue Devils hammer Graham

    If sets were doughnuts, Camryn McGrady would have gained about 50 pounds Tuesday night. As it was, the Grayson County senior came up just a tad light.

  • Board says 'academy' owner misled students

    The Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has recommended revocation of a cosmetology license belonging to Peggy Marie Haynes, after learning that her salon and cosmetology school in Cana, I Style Salon and Academy, was not properly licensed.

    During an informal fact-finding conference on Aug. 11, the board reviewed statements and evidence that was gathered after several students attempted to complete Haynes’s cosmetology program, only to be denied access to the exam that is required by the board for students to obtain their cosmetology license.

  • Hillsville residents debate zoning request

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville’s Planning Commission is considering a request to re-zone 319 Edgewood Drive from an R-1 (medium density residential) lot to R-2 (multifamily residential).

    During a public hearing at Hillsville Town Council’s Oct. 27 meeting, three individuals made their arguments concerning the proposal.

  • Woman to serve 4 months for indecent liberties

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman will serve four months in prison for taking indecent liberties with a 15-year-old child while serving as the child’s custodian.

    Tammy Renee Stuckert, 37, of Hillsville, was originally charged with rape and attempted sodomy after the incident in question took place at her residence at Laurel Ridge Apartments on June 21.

    Stuckert turned herself in to the police three days later, and admitted that she’d had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male that she was babysitting at her apartment.