Today's News

  • 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.

  • Combs seeks fourth term on board

    Wynn Johnson Combs will seek another term for the Providence District seat on the Grayson County School Board this November.

    Combs, an independent candidate, will be challenged this year by Randy L. Shinault, also independent for the seat.

  • Readers Hotline 10/28/15

    Be thankful
    This is a response to the comment about the menus at Grayson County. Who knows what is going on there. But the poor cafeteria ladies at these schools serve what they are told to serve. They fix what they are told to fix. They do go by their menus. These menus are regulated. We should be thankful the kids are eating a nutritious meal because this may be the only meal some of those kids actually get a day.

    Spreading ignorance

  • Candidate addresses police report

    Candidate Shannon Goad has sent letters to registered voters in which he defends himself against claims about a traffic stop, which was cited in letters sent out by opposition to his bid for Carroll County sheriff.

    Claims involving Goad, who was named in a 2013 traffic stop report filed by a North Carolina trooper, were made in public mailings. A copy of the police report was mailed to The Gazette and to citizens in Carroll County.

  • Butlers celebrate 60th anniversary

    J.D. and Jackie Butler of Galax celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a surprise get-together with family and friends at Macado’s Restaurant in Galax.

    They were married Sept. 30, 1955, at First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg.
    They have two children: son Michael and wife Betty Butler; and daughter Stacy and husband Buck Cox. They have three grandchildren, Jamie and wife Hannah Butler of Jonesboro, Tenn., and Jordyn and Lauryn Cox of Galax.
    J.D. retired after 36 years of service with American Electric Power Co.

  • Public record for 10/28/15 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 December of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Task force busts meth operation

    Staff Report

    Two local drug task forces have reported the sentencing of several major drug traffickers as a result of an ongoing federal investigation being conducted in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the overall federal investigation involves a large-scale drug trafficking group responsible for the importation and distribution of methamphetamine in and around the City of Galax; Carroll, Grayson, Wythe and Pulaski counties; and the Town of Pulaski.