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Today's News

  • Where's the fire? Siren activity often weather-related

    Galax citizens may have noticed an unusually high rate of activity by the city’s siren lately. So, where’s the fire?

    According to Capt. Mike Ayers of the fire department, often there isn’t one.

  • This week's General Assembly action

    RICHMOND — A Senate committee on Tuesday killed a bill that would prevent police from seizing assets in a criminal case unless a defendant were convicted or entered a plea agreement.

    The measure (HB1287) passed the House of Delegates 92-6 earlier this month and passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee 11-2 last week.

    However, the Senate Finance Committee killed it on Feb. 17, and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said it would be studied by the State Crime Commission.

  • Public record for 2/18/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 1-15 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • 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.