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Today's News

  • Independence receives water grant

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence will receive $30,000 to address needed water system improvements, including the replacement of a water line along the Virginia 21 corridor, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development recently.

    The town’s grant was one of six water/waste planning grants awarded to areas of the state.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/23/15

    Huh?
    To everyone putting Obama to blame for everything happening in this country, he will go down as the most powerful man that ever lived because he has made Russia mad. He has killed Al Qaeda leaders. But, he hasn’t done away with the mafia. He hasn’t done away with white supremacy. He hasn’t done away with the Ku Klux Klan.

    Don’t say it
    Regarding the dress code opinion in The Gazette of Dec. 14, I think The Gazette should not allow personal attacks on students.

  • City moves voting precinct

    In a special called meeting on Monday morning, Galax City Council voted to make the old country club building at the Galax Municipal Golf Course the new East Precinct polling location.

    The old location, Mink’s Motor Sales, is relocating outside the precinct. The Office of the Registrar received the notice on December 10.

    The clubhouse is located at 107 Country Club Lane, which is accessible by both U.S. 58 (East Stuart Drive) and Glendale Road.

  • Four charged with felonies in Galax

    Staff Report

    A number of felony arrests were made by the Galax Police Department last week, according to a report released by Chief Rick Clark, including:

    • Virginia Lee Pierce, 50, of Galax, was arrested on Dec. 14 by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, on a Galax warrant for a felony charge of possession of Schedule I or II drugs and misdemeanor possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

  • Carroll fund brightens season for those in need

    HILLSVILLE — An estimated 125 volunteers showed up on Dec. 17 at the Virginia Produce building to sort and box food for the Carroll Christmas Fund. The annual charity’s goal is to make Christmas “a little brighter for those less fortunate.”

  • Grayson sheriff's office getting new home

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department and dispatch will soon have a new facility in Independence.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet and Sheriff Richard Vaughan said in a joint statement released Monday that the Grayson County Economic Development Authority (EDA), at the direction of the board of supervisors, has purchased a building in the town for $995,000 and will renovate it into a state-of-the-art public safety facility.

  • Stomach virus cases on the rise

    Over the last month, Carilion Clinic has seen an increased number of cases of the stomach virus formally known as gastroenteritis.

    “Typically we see a lot of reported illnesses this time of year,” said Carilion Pediatrician John Moore, M.D., “but within the last two to three weeks, there has been a surge of stomach virus complaints.”

  • There's finally a reason to smile at the DMV

    Landmark News Service

    Come on, get happy.

    Drivers won’t have to look so glum in their licenses for the first time in six years — the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that smiles are now allowed again in ID photos.

    Photo recognition technology has advanced to allow customers the option of grinning, or not, in their pictures.

    “We heard loud and clear from customers that they prefer posing with smiles,” said DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/21/15

    Great message
    A huge thank you to First Baptist Church of Galax for the wonderful Christmas musical. Excellent job. A great message. We all need to remember the true meaning of Christmas. It is about Jesus Christ. It is not about gift giving. It is not about decorations. It is about God sending his son to save the world.

    Political bureaucracy

  • Driver's action prevents fire damage to bank

    Staff Reports

    On Dec. 16 at 1:41 p.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at the Grayson National Bank on Carrollton Pike in Galax.

    Units arrived to find a full-size Dodge pickup on fire. Engine One firefighters quickly subdued the blaze.