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Today's News

  • Police: man threatened to kill girlfriend

    Staff Reports

    An argument on Feb. 12 escalated into violence and death threats, according a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said deputies responded at approximately 4 p.m. to a complaint on Epworth Road, where witnesses said a Dodge flatbed truck was trying to ram another vehicle.

  • Local banks to become Skyline

    INDEPENDENCE — Since the announcement came in November 2015 that Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd would combine their 200-plus years of banking experience, the two entities have put many hours of time and effort into a smooth transition, as well as appropriate new branding that reflects their shared core values.

    This week, the two banks announced that their new, combined name will be Skyline National Bank: a nod to the local communities they will continue to serve.

  • GOING VIRAL: flu empties local classrooms

    The dreaded flu virus has declared open season in the Twin Counties, and some school systems in the area are feeling the effects with more absences than normal.

    In the past week, Carroll County Public Schools saw a large number of student absences, climbing into the hundreds for a few schools inside the division.

    “We noticed an increase in absences on [Feb. 9-10], but not nearly as bad as the last two days,” Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told The Gazette on Tuesday.

  • Galax looks ahead to budget challenges

    Galax schools will face a budget challenge this year.

    At the Jan. 10 Galax City School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that there is “close to a $300,000 hurdle” to get over already in the budget, due to the rising cost of Virginia Retirement System contributions and Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s financial supplement (with a local funding match) being taken away.

  • Disturbance call leads to drug arrests

    Staff Reports

    A disturbance at a Galax business resulted in drug charges and one person being arrested on an outstanding warrant for assault.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark reported that on Jan. 30, members of the Galax Police Department were dispatched to a business on South Main Street to investigate a complaint of two customers who were causing a disturbance.

    Officers Chris Hines and Dakota Martin responded and encountered two individuals who appeared to be drug-impaired, according to the report.

  • He's five

    Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his fifth birthday Dec. 29, 2016, with a Paw Patrol party at the Carroll County Library. His parents are Brittany Tucker and William Spencer Jr.

  • Public record for 2/15/17 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in June of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Carroll County boys take down River Ridge leader Patrick Henry

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County is a team in need of a tournament.

    Having played just about every team in the River Ridge District down to the wire at least once, the Cavaliers proved Thursday night that they could cause some postseason headaches when they convincingly took down district top dog Patrick Henry 60-42.

  • Maroons overpower Galax boys

    After taking an early lead, Galax fell into a scoring drought and never recovered as George Wythe beat the Maroon Tide 74-19 in a nondistrict game last Thursday night.

    The Maroons lead the Hogoheegee District with a 19-1 overall record.

    Malik Johnson gave George Wythe the early lead when he drained a 3-pointer for a 3-0 advantage.

    The Tide answered with William Patton hitting a jump shot and Cade Ashworth pulling the trigger on a 3-pointer to give the Tide its only lead of the game at 5-3.

  • Wythe pulls away from Tide

    For the first half, the Galax Maroon Tide girls’ hung close with heavily favored George Wythe last Thursday night.

    But the second half was a different story as the Maroons scored 10 unanswered points to take a 10-point lead early in the third period and cruise to a 48-39 nondistrict victory over the Tide.

    The Tide (12-8) was the underdog against the high-powered Maroons but someone forgot to tell the Galax players.

    From the opening tip, Galax showed the Maroons (19-3) that they came to play.