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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 2/18/15

    Lost and found
    There is an orange and white work zone barrel in my yard on Branch Street. So, if the city is missing one or someone else is, it is in my yard. Just come by and pick it up.

    Wonderful story
    What a wonderful story you have written about — Tommy Adams. Very touching, moving, inspirational. You deserve all the kudos. Great job.

    Audit the rec

  • With 2 weeks to go, a look at lawmakers' progress

    RICHMOND — With two weeks left in Virginia’s annual legislative session, lawmakers still have hundreds of bills on table.

    The House and Senate have each completed work on their respective bills and before their Feb. 28 adjournment are now considering bills passed by the other chamber.

    Some prominent issues, including tightening ethics rules for elected officials and keeping intact a prohibition on Medicaid expansion, have largely been resolved. Legislators also are close to agreement on updates to the state budget.

  • Fries rec reboots as community center

    FRIES — In the wake of the Fries Recreation Center Board’s dissolution in December, a new group has worked to continue the town’s recreational and tourism operations under a new umbrella.

    At Fries Town Council’s Feb. 3 meeting, Denny Brooms, chairman of the newly formed Fries Community Center Board, gave the mayor and council members a summary of their activities since January.

  • Parent urges attendance policy change

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Yogi Berra wasn’t at the Feb. 9 Grayson County School Board meeting. But if he had been, the famed baseball figure, well-known for his witticisms, might have used one of his more recognized ones to describe it – “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

    Once again, the issue of the school system’s attendance policy arose, as it has in most of the board’s more recent meetings.

  • VSP fields more than 2,200 calls in snowstorm

    RICHMOND - From 4 p.m. Monday through 4 a.m. Tuesday, Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers statewide fielded 2,231 calls for service statewide, according to a news release.

    During the 12-hour period, Virginia troopers responded to 825 traffic crashes and 620 disabled vehicles. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. Due to vehicles losing control on slick roadways, two VSP troopers were struck and injured, the release said. Police also confirm one traffic fatality in Loudon County.

  • State police respond to 34 crashes in weekend snow

    Virginia State Police responded to dozens of wrecks throughout Carroll and Grayson counties over the weekend, when a mixture of ice and snow created hazardous road conditions throughout the Twin Counties.

    First Sgt. Mike Musser reported a total of 34 crashes in Carroll and Grayson in an email to The Gazette on Monday.

    Of the reported wrecks, Musser noted that the most severe crash was not weather-related. On Feb. 13, police responded to a severe crash on U.S 21, a half-mile south of Virginia 654 in Grayson County, at approximately 3:45 p.m.

  • Readers Hotline 2/16/15

    Too many clerks?
    If the Town of Hillsville employs any more clerks for the town hall, they will need to buy a mobile office and put it in back of town hall.

  • Supervisor: time to give Mitchell a second chance

    HILLSVILLE — It has been 18 years since former Carroll County administrator Billy Mitchell was indicted on federal embezzlement and money laundering charges for a scheme to take more than $400,000 from the county.

    After serving out his prison sentence and returning as an active member of the community, one Carroll supervisor believes Mitchell deserves a second chance at public service.

    Supervisor Bob Martin’s motion to appoint Mitchell to serve on the Carroll Planning Commission was tabled during the Board of Supervisors’ Feb. 9 meeting.

  • Intersection shooting suspect waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Duncan, facing two counts of attempted murder and multiple other charges in the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt in Cana last year, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Carroll County General District Court on Friday.

    Duncan is facing seven charges in the case, including two charges of attempted murder, one charge of malicious wounding, one charge of malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle and three charges involving the use of a firearm in committing a felony.

  • Bobbitt named one of state's best crossing guards

    “I’m flattered. I’m just speechless,” said Galax Elementary School Resource Officer Fred Bobbitt, who was honored with the Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Award by Virginia’s Safe Routes to School Program.

    Bobbitt, one of six to win the honor in the state, was nominated by Galax Safe Routes to School Director Linda Mock. On Feb. 11, Bobbitt received a balloon, Safe Routes to School merchandise and banana pudding.