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Today's News

  • Hillsville councilmen to run unopposed

    HILLSVILLE – Three town official seats are up for election on May 3, and all incumbents are running unopposed. Pine Creek district councilman Ed Terry, Pipers Gap district councilman David Young and Mayor Greg Crowder all addressed the upcoming election at the April 25 town council meeting.

  • Grayson welcomes Henck to legal staff

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney office recently welcomed a new staff member with a passion for law, politics and humanitarian efforts; and an extensive resume that stretches overseas.
    Evan Henck, a former legal director for Freedom Firm in India, moved to the Grayson County area with his wife, Leah, and their children in January. He began his employment with the attorney’s office Feb. 1.

  • Two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 58 results in minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash at approximately 8:40 a.m. last Tuesday at the intersection of Bee Line Drive and U.S. 58 left one overturned and minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.
    Anna Lee Zyss Hill, 56, of Fries, driving a 1996 Ford Ranger, was pulling off of Bee Line Drive onto 58 eastbound when she struck a 2006 Honda Pilot, driven by Susan Lee Whitaker, 33 of Fancy Gap. Whitaker’s vehicle flipped over onto its side and then rolled over onto its top.

  • Council elections set for Tuesday

    The City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries, Independence and Troutdale will hold elections on May 3.
    Fries and Galax races are contested, with more candidates than seats, while Hillsville and Independence both have three candidates for three seats and Troutdale has only its incumbent mayor on the ballot.
    Fries has an entire slate of candidates on the ballot for all its town council seats, as the terms for all those serving expire June 30. In other localities, only a portion of the council seats are up for election, due to staggered terms.

  • Southwestern Virginia Training Center celebrates 40 years

    Though it faces an uncertain future, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County will focus on its past this week.

  • Sheriff addresses questions about response times

    When contacted by The Gazette to answer questions raised by a Hotline caller, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan responded with this piece. We are running it today as a guest column, as it is longer than a traditional Hotline response.
    Below is the original call that the sheriff is addressing:

  • Readers' Hotline 5/2/16

    Schools should notify

  • Camerata to present spring concerts

    The Highland Camerata will present its spring program, “Songs of the Americas,” in three upcoming concerts.

  • Mount Rogers Recreation Area celebrates 50 years

    For 50 years, the USDA Forest Service’s Mount Rogers National Recreation Area has been providing recreation experiences for visitors to southwest Virginia.

    May 31, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and District Ranger Beth Merz is proud to be a part of the celebration. “My staff and many of our partners are hosting activities throughout the year with special celebrations and presentations, from Memorial Day weekend thru the first weekend of June.”

  • Police: driver wrecks in stolen vehicle

    INDEPENDENCE — A Sparta, N.C., woman was arrested April 25 and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and operating a stolen vehicle.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jordan Johnson’s report, he spotted Rebecca Rose Lyall, 31, driving a 1990 Geo Metro on U.S. 58 at 2:38 a.m.