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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 4/21/14

    Cracking down
    I don’t see how the United States can say anything about President Putin in Russia. Look what the United States is doing to the ranchers here in Nevada.

    Thanks, Jeff

  • Homework needed on new Galax school

    For the past few weeks, members of Galax City Council have considered a major decision: should they grant a conditional use permit to the Galax school system to build a new elementary school?

  • Crouse runs for another term on city council

    The ballot in the May 6 election will include five candidates vying for four seats on the Galax City Council board.
    Margo Crouse has decided to run for her second term.

  • More layoffs at Med-Fit

    INDEPENDENCE — On April 18, The Gazette received reports of another round of layoffs at the Med-Fit/Nautilus manufacturing plant in Independence.

    Some company officials formerly in charge of public relations were among those cut, so The Gazette wasn’t able to reach anyone for comment on Friday. An e-mail to company owner Dean Sbragia was not returned.

    The commercial fitness equipment company let go 33 people last month, bringing its workforce down to about 100 people. No information was available about the number in this latest round of layoffs.

  • I-77 motorcyclist critical after crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police said that a Bluefield man injured in a Friday morning motorcycle wreck on Interstate 77 was in critical condition.
    A helicopter flew Darren Wayne Coe, 45, to Roanoke for treatment after the incident near mile marker 19 at about 10:30 a.m.
    When southbound traffic slowed in front of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Coe could not stop, according to a report by Trooper C.M. Delp.
    The motorcycle struck the back of a 2004 van, driven by Donald Goetz of Edinboro, Pa.

  • No tax increase in Carroll's 'lean' budget

    HILLSVILLE — Shuffling resources and cutting costs became the Carroll County budget committee’s way to balance the fiscal year 2015 proposal without a tax increase, according to the presentation at the supervisors’ regular April meeting Monday.
    County officials now hope they can continue to balance future budgets faced with rising expenses from commitments already made — many of which involved capital improvement costs at schools, as shown in a presentation to the supervisors by Assistant Administrator Nikki Cannon.

  • Council wants more info on new school plan

    The Galax Planning Commission will have a second opportunity to vote on a recommendation for the approval of a conditional use permit for Galax City Schools to build a new elementary school in the city.
    A request for a possible expansion of the school system brought a substantial divide within the community last month. A lengthy discussion about the construction of a school on a property located off of Kipling Lane and portions of Kenbrook Drive resulted in a split vote from the planning commission.

  • Wind overturns tractor-trailers on I-77

    LAMBSBURG — Two state vehicles were struck and damaged after gusts estimated  at more than 100 mph also knocked over two tractor-trailers Tuesday, according to Virginia State Police reports.
    State police and Virginia Department of Transportation officials responded shortly after 3 p.m. when the first incident happened at the familiar spot near the 3 mile marker in the northbound lanes, according to First Sgt. Mike Musser.

  • Police receive report of cane-wielding woman

    Galax police were called to Food City in Galax on April 14, on a report of an elderly woman hitting cars in the parking lot with her cane and yelling at them.
    A later police report confirmed that the situation was a verbal altercation between a man’s girlfriend and his ex-wife.
    “She didn’t strike any cars with a cane, but [she] did roll a buggy into the other woman’s vehicle,” said Capt. James Cox of the Galax Police Department. “Apparently, she was flinging the cane around, but didn’t hit anything.”

  • E-911 dispatchers honored during Public Safety Telecommunications Week

    April 13-19 is National Public Safety Telecommunication Week, held each year to celebrate and honor the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community.