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Today's News

  • Carroll IDA sells natural gas lines

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) announced Dec. 23 that it has sold the county’s natural gas line to Appalachian Natural Gas (ANG).

    The deal announced at a called meeting last Wednesday will also expand natural gas to the City of Galax and Grayson County.

  • Grayson looks at funding non-county agencies

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is considering some changes in the way it responds to funding requests for non-government agencies.

    The issue came up at the final meeting of the board in 2015, which was short and to the point, with a few goodbyes and continuations of action items for the incoming board members in January.

  • Couple's generosity is true Christmas spirit

    A local couple put in countless hours of hard work to make Christmas more special for a less fortunate family this year.

    For two months, John and Dorothy Frost, both in their 80s and without any children of their own, collected and shelled walnuts to sell in the area. After completing the daunting task, the couple was able to raise about $600 and decided they wanted to provide Christmas presents for some local children.

  • Mink Motors consolidates operations into single location

    Staff Reports

    Mink Motor Co. of Galax will carry on at a single location at 620 S. Main St. after the first of the new year, although the main Mink’s building that served as the East Galax voting location on Glendale Road will be closing as the result of an expected sale.

    Some confusion about plans for the building stemmed from discussion at a city council meeting Monday, at which Voter Registrar Stacy Reavis stated that Mink had plans to close.

  • 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.