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Today's News

  • Council elections set for Tuesday

    The City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries, Independence and Troutdale will hold elections on May 3.
    Fries and Galax races are contested, with more candidates than seats, while Hillsville and Independence both have three candidates for three seats and Troutdale has only its incumbent mayor on the ballot.
    Fries has an entire slate of candidates on the ballot for all its town council seats, as the terms for all those serving expire June 30. In other localities, only a portion of the council seats are up for election, due to staggered terms.

  • Southwestern Virginia Training Center celebrates 40 years

    Though it faces an uncertain future, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County will focus on its past this week.

  • Sheriff addresses questions about response times

    When contacted by The Gazette to answer questions raised by a Hotline caller, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan responded with this piece. We are running it today as a guest column, as it is longer than a traditional Hotline response.
    Below is the original call that the sheriff is addressing:

  • Readers' Hotline 5/2/16

    Schools should notify

  • Camerata to present spring concerts

    The Highland Camerata will present its spring program, “Songs of the Americas,” in three upcoming concerts.

  • Mount Rogers Recreation Area celebrates 50 years

    For 50 years, the USDA Forest Service’s Mount Rogers National Recreation Area has been providing recreation experiences for visitors to southwest Virginia.

    May 31, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and District Ranger Beth Merz is proud to be a part of the celebration. “My staff and many of our partners are hosting activities throughout the year with special celebrations and presentations, from Memorial Day weekend thru the first weekend of June.”

  • Police: driver wrecks in stolen vehicle

    INDEPENDENCE — A Sparta, N.C., woman was arrested April 25 and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and operating a stolen vehicle.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jordan Johnson’s report, he spotted Rebecca Rose Lyall, 31, driving a 1990 Geo Metro on U.S. 58 at 2:38 a.m.

  • Grayson schools must give back unused funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from the school board to appropriate the remaining balance of the Fiscal Year 2016 school board budget.

    The supervisors discussed and approved this motion with an amendment requesting the return of carryover funds during their April 14 meeting.

  • Political poll shows loyalty gap in Virginia

    Landmark News Service

    Should embattled front-runner Donald Trump win the Republican Party presidential nomination, close to one in three GOP voters in Virginia say they won’t support him in November, according to a poll released this month.

  • Two injured in Cana crash

    CANA – An accident in Cana sent two individuals to the hospital on Wednesday. A male and female were both trapped in the vehicle for a period of time.

    According to reports from Virginia State Police, around 2:45 p.m., officials were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on Epworth Road in the Cana area of Carroll County. A 2002 Nissan Maxima was traveling on Epworth, near the intersection with T&T Lane, when the vehicle swerved off the side of the road. The Maxima hit a tree, overturned on its side and landed on a fence.