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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 9/20/17

    Careth not
    For 25 years, since property became a rental on Pinehurst Street in Independence, it has really ruined the value of our home. We have tried all these years to get something done without success. I have personally asked the owner to cut the grass and clean up the trash and the reply was, “I’m doing nothing for you.” Please help us.


    Seen enough
    The Gazette has carried enough about Deputy Curtis Bartlett. Enough is enough. Stop printing news of the deceased.


  • Public record for 9/18/17 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 May in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Shock and awe

    Seven Galax players combined for eight first-half touchdowns Friday and the Maroon Tide raced past Rural Retreat 63-7 in a Mountain Empire District game at Galax High School.

    Galax, winner of three straight games, built a halftime lead of seven touchdowns or more for the second week in a row, winning for the third straight week after an opening-night loss to Glenvar.

    The Maroon Tide (3-1 overall, 1-0 MED) scored three rushing touchdowns, three passing touchdowns and two TDs on returns, all in the first half, scoring four times in each of the first two quarters.

  • Third-quarter profits

    INDEPENDENCE –– Every week, nearly every football team everywhere claims the fourth quarter as “ours.” Friday night at Bill Strong Field, Glenvar laid indisputable claim to the oft-overlooked third.

  • Readers Hotline 9/18/17

    Keep it simple

  • Civil War letters reveal lives on front lines, back home

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Henry Lindsey, a Carroll County soldier in the 29th Virginia lnfantry, wrote to his wife: “I drawed soap today for the first time — about the size of a hen egg. We have to pay $1.50 per lb. for soap to wash our clothes.”

    His wife Polly, writing from their home in the Dugspur area, replied to Henry: “Times are very hard in Carroll and everything is scarce and powerful high: pork $1.50 a lb., butter $3, wheat $15...”

  • 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.

  • Anthem returns to Va. insurance marketplace

    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia announced Friday that it will re-enter 63 counties and cities in the commonwealth, where 70,000 people would have been left without any insurance options in the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.

    Galax, Carroll and Grayson are included in those areas where Anthem will offer individual health insurance policies, according to the company.

  • Morley seeks Wilson District seat on Grayson board

    INDEPENDENCE — Democratic candidate Gesche Morley is one of two candidates running for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the upcoming general election.

    Morley will be on the ballot in November alongside Republican candidate Thomas Rex Revels.

    The winner will fill the seat of Supervisor Eddie Rosenbaum, who announced earlier this year that he will not run for another term. The new term for this seat will begin Jan. 1, 2018.

  • Grayson prepares new voting machines

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Electoral Board in Independence is busy preparing for the Nov. 7 general election; which includes a full test of new voting machines that will be used throughout the districts this year.

    The new machines will replace the county’s former electronic touchscreen machines — an upgrade that was planned for the county prior to the State Board of Election’s decision earlier this month to decertify touchscreen voting machines.