Today's News

  • Three seek 19th District Senate seat

    Staff Reports

    The race for the Virginia Senate 19th District will offer three names on the ballot this year: Democratic candidate Mike Hamlar, Republican candidate David Suetterlein and independent Steven Nelson.

    The winner will fill the seat vacated by Sen. Ralph Smith, who announced that he will be stepping down from the office. According to media outlets, Smith made this announcement just days before the Republican nominations closed. He endorsed Suetterlein, his Republican aide, for his seat.

  • Charge alleges athletic fund money taken


    INDEPENDENCE – A former secretary/bookkeeper at Grayson County High School has been indicted on embezzlement and forgery charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, as part of an ongoing investigation by Virginia State Police.

    The charges were related to money from athletic funds and other funds maintained by the school system.

  • 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.