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Today's News

  • Board rejects new school bids

    INDEPENDENCE — After receiving initial bids for the new school to be built in the Volney community of Grayson County, school board members opted to readvertise for construction bids after making some changes to the plan.

    Bids were due on June 3 for constructing the new facility, originally proposed to cost $6 million. The school board received three bids — all of which were far more than the proposed amount.

  • Republicans pick Butler for Elk Creek supervisor

    Elk Creek Republicans nominated Emil Butler as their choice for Grayson County supervisor during a mass meeting on June 5.

    Grayson will hold a special election for the Elk Creek district supervisor’s seat during the November general election.

    Supervisor Ralph Tuggle was in the midst of his second term when he resigned Nov. 20, 2007 to spend more time with his wife, Nancy, who was suffering health problems.

    Supervisors appointed Chris Morton to fill the vacancy for one year, as required by law. Morton decided not to seek election.

  • Hillsville designated 'Preserve America' community

    HILLSVILLE — The town's history has landed it a significant designation, becoming one of the country's newest "Preserve America" communities.

    Mayor Randall Gravely announced the achievement at Monday's meeting of Hillsville Town Council, and read a congratulatory letter from First Lady Laura Bush, honorary chairman of Preserve America.

    "This will allow Hillsville to apply for grants that we couldn't have otherwise," Gravely said. "We're going to put this to good use."

  • Four earn all-state in Group A track

    RADFORD ––Galax’s Manuel Echeagaray and Anna Sexton and Grayson County’s Michael Davis and Rosie Kirby placed among the top eight in their respective events and earned all-state status during the Group A track and field championships at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium.

    Davis, a senior headed for Lees-McCrae on a cross country scholarship, placed fourth in the 1600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 35.4 seconds, edging defending state champion Nathan Brame of Radford for the position. He also placed fifth in the 3200 in 10:34.5.

  • Asbestos discovery stalls prison construction

    INDEPENDENCE — Workers have stopped construction at a medium-security prison site near Independence after discovering naturally occurring asbestos in rock there.

    Workers found the naturally occurring asbestos vein on May 9, said Virginia Department of Corrections Director Larry Traylor.

  • Galax changing signals

    Throughout the next few weeks, the City of Galax will phase out the current loop system at intersections along East Stuart Drive (U.S. 58) and install cameras above traffic signals to improve the traffic flow patterns and help save the city money.

    Installing cameras at one intersection each time, it may take six to eight weeks to install all of the cameras. The city will start at the Cranberry Road/East Stuart Drive intersection on Monday, closing one lane of traffic for the installation.

  • Concerts mix fun with faith

    CVFallout.com will rock the youth ministry at Cliffview Church of God with a series of concerts beginning today, Friday.

    The jams kick off with all-girl Christian band Ilia appearing with Galax’s own Shadow of Eternity, starting at 8 p.m.

    Organizer Rob Swiger wanted to raise excitement levels and reach youth through the music, he explained to The Gazette in an e-mail. The opportunities to minister through Christian rock are better than ever.

  • Carroll PSA flushes fees

    HILLSVILLE — Service fees got flushed — for the time being — and alternative sewage treatment options resurfaced at a special Carroll Public Service Authority meeting on Tuesday.

    Authority members resolved several outstanding water and sewer system questions at the meeting, like scheduling a public hearing on changes in fees and rates.

  • Pollard to remain true to his colors

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County quarterback Bo Pollard hasn’t done anything officially as an Emory and Henry Wasp, but at least he is familiar with two words of the fight song: Blue and gold.

    Pollard will trade in the Blue Devils’ colors for the blue and gold of Emory and Henry this fall, having signed a letter-of-intent to play football there in a ceremony recently at the GCHS library.

  • Wingate rallies past Jaronski for Region C title

    RADFORD — Alyssa Wingate decided she’s had enough tennis for the time being. Not that Grayson County High’s top player objects to the game.

    She loves to play. But enough was enough.

    A cool-headed sophomore, Wingate collected herself after losing the second set to Radford’s Maggie Jaronski and rallied to win the individual singles part of the Group A Region C tournament Tuesday at Radford University.

    In the clinching game, she broke Jaronski’s serve and didn’t give up a point to take the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.