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Today's News

  • Reflecting on violence in Charlottesville

    By Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Independence

    It came as no surprise to me that clashes between white separatists and those offended by their ideologies [on Aug. 12] resulted in violence, including the death of one counter-protestor. I am also aware of the two police deaths associated with the helicopter crash. All three of these deaths were unnecessary and a most unfortunate side effect of our collective failure to recognize our common humanity.

  • Readers Hotline 9/13/17

    Suspended
    My comment is about Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He was suspended six games from the start of this season for alleged domestic violence. Where’s Black Lives Matter and all these other groups to come protest at the Cowboys’ facility about a domestic violence case? Why are the media not putting this on the front page?

  • Carroll could combine Oakland voting precincts

    HILLSVILLE — When Dennie Shockley, chairman of the Carroll County Electoral Board, spoke to Carroll County supervisors on Monday, he noted that the agency is usually there to ask for money.

    Instead, Shockley said he was there to save the county money.

    The board, which oversees all elections in the county, had a proposal to combine two voting precincts at Oakland Elementary School, created due to a previous realignment of districts.

  • School officials address football field questions

    After a city council member raised questions about the need for a new artificial turf football field at Galax High School, given the $879,000 cost, school officials decided to address the issue directly in an interview with The Gazette.

    “I think it’s time we attempt to answer the football field [question], but in the attempt, we’re going to answer some other things,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The field is already completed and was dedicated last month.

  • GHS launches $650K campaign for fitness center

    Good things came from the life of Curtis Bartlett.

  • Brothers celebrate birthdays

    Nolan Jay Spurlin celebrated his fifth birthday on Aug. 8, 2017, and his brother Luke Ryan Spurlin celebrated his third birthday on Aug. 29, 2017.

    They are the sons of Jason Spurlin and Jill Cockerham. Their grandparents are Mike and Anita Spurlin of Baywood and Danny and Carolyn Cockerham of Galax. Great-grandparents are Louise Diamond and Rubye Cockerham, both of Galax.

  • Public record for 9/6/17 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in April in the office of Gerald Goad, Clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Public record for 9/13/17 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 April in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • I-77 center helps out Floridians fleeing Irma

    LAMBSBURG — The Virginia Welcome Center at Lambsburg saw high traffic this past weekend as many people fleeing Hurricane Irma passed over the Virginia border.

    For the weekend, several portable toilets and pallets of bottled water were brought in to help handle the extra people. The water was free for anyone who came through.

    A welcome center employee said that the facility on Interstate 77 in Carroll County saw evacuees as early as Sept. 4, but the traffic picked up as the week went on.

  • Readers Hotline 9/11/17

    One clerk on duty
    I was at the Galax post office last Saturday around 2 o’clock when there were six people in line and one person working the counter. Didn’t seem to be anybody there. No organization. I hate to say it but from now on I’m going to the UPS store. If our government can’t do better than that I’ll give my money to someone else. They always have two people working. Always glad to see you. It may cost a little more, but you are in and out of there in five to 10 minutes.