Today's News

  • United in marriage

    Daniel and Rachel Kirchner were united in marriage Sept. 18 in Galax.

  • He's eight

    Braeden Hunter Ward turned 8 years old on June 26. He celebrated with a Lego Batman Pool Party at Grayson Rec Park.

    He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has three younger brothers: Levi, Luke and Grayson. Braeden’s grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Public record for 11/1/17 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in June in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Burglary suspect among those indicted

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty-five suspects accused of 39 drug violations and other charges were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that convened last Friday.

    Among those charged was Scott Eugene Hampton of Galax, who was indicted for statutory burglary, felonious damage to property, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony, grand larceny of a firearm and larceny with the intent to sell stolen property.

  • Riding out the storm

    FRIES — Miranda Funk was determined to get home.

    She’d heard the warnings about a tornado, but those things don’t happen here, she told herself.

    She pointed her silver Pontiac van homeward to Opossum Hollow Lane in Fries on Oct. 23 as winds lashed the trees and sent sheets of rain horizontally across her path.

    Almost to her driveway, Funk encountered a most unlikely tornado.

  • Four seek Fancy Gap seat on school board

    Four candidates — one incumbent and three challengers — will be on the ballot for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board on Nov. 7. Joey Haynes is seeking another term on the board. Challengers include Phillip Berrier, Gina Hall and Patricia Sebens.

    Joey Haynes

  • Readers Hotline 10/30/17

    Stay out of it
    City council, why get involved with recycling when we have a locally-owned business handling this need? Yes, they need some gravel and always needs cleaning. But, have you seen the mess that people leave for them to handle? The city should stay out of recycling and support recycling and the people that already have this business for us available. You could spend your time finding someone to buy the property on Fries Road that you bought for the school, which was a real fiasco.

    Mandatory fee

  • Halloween Happenings in the Twin Counties

    Community Halloween events are planned throughout the Twin Counties on Tuesday. Here are some of the fun and frightful festivities scheduled for Oct. 31:


    Hillsville’s Safe Halloween, held downtown at various venues.

    The annual event allows parents and family to bring their children to a safe community function for trick-or-treating activities.

    Many of the businesses in downtown Hillsville stay open late for the event. There are games, hay rides, a haunted house and food.

  • In-person absentee voting available Nov. 4

    All election offices in Virginia will be open for in-person absentee voting on Nov. 4 for the Nov. 7 election.

    Saturday absentee voting provides Virginia voters who are qualified to vote absentee with an additional opportunity to cast their ballot in person.

    In-person absentee voting also is available during local registrars’ normal business hours.

  • Victim’s mother reads statement to Nofsinger

    Note: Stacy Kenny Ludy, mother of Alyssa Kenny, wrote this impact statement to read in court at Richard Nofsinger Jr.’s plea hearing on Wednesday. Ludy shared her statement with The Gazette. Warning: the following contains graphic descriptions that some readers might find disturbing.

    I have waited a long time to talk to you, Richard.

    I’m sure you don’t want to listen to me, but that’s okay. You will hear what I have to say, and I don’t even need you to respond. Just listen. And think about it.