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Today's News

  • Suspect leads Grayson police on chase

    A Grayson County woman wanted on parole violation and drug-related warrants was arrested last Friday after a foot chase, according to police.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said his office received information that Loretta Parsons, 36, of 270 Sugar Shack Road, was at her residence and deputies were dispatched to serve papers.
    Vaughan said there were three capias orders to take Parsons into custody and a show cause summons on file against her in Grayson County, and two capias orders issued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

  • River North prison security level set

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility in Independence is a lock to be a Security Level 4 prison when it is fully operational, according to Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) officials.
    According to the DOC website, a Security Level 4 facility contains inmates with long-term, single, multiple and life-plus sentences. Inmates in these facilities must show no disruptive behavior for at least the past 24 months prior to be considered for a transfer to any less secure facility.
    Level 4 is not considered maximum security.

  • Carroll gives lot behind Carter Home to Town of Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE  — Town officials plan to create a space for a community farmers market and a venue for local events, now that the Carroll supervisors have agreed to transfer the parking lot behind the historic Carter Home to Hillsville.
    Town Manager Travis Jackson was the sole speaker to appear at the June public hearing on the transfer of the .7044 acre behind the history home once owned by the family of early industrial magnate George L. Carter.
    The lot would still be used for public parking, but with additions, Jackson explained to the county officials.

  • Galax could lower more speed limits

    The changes in Galax speed limits may continue as research finds more inconsistencies with the city’s roads.
    Police Chief Rick Clark spoke with members of Galax City Council at their July 8 meeting, where he presented another recommendation, along with findings from research conducted by the city’s Traffic Safety Committee.
    The discussion returned to an action item that was held over from council’s May 28 meeting — a recommendation to reduce the speed limit on U.S. 58 from 45 to 35 mph from Fries Road west to Mountain View.

  • Touring the Trail

    FRIES — Blue Cat on the New has reeled in the contract for a pilot program to increase accessibility on the New River Trail State Park.
    Only this outfitter, with locations in Fries and Draper, has received permission from the state to host tours of portions of the popular trail using golf carts.
    Business owner Donnie Turner’s application was accepted last winter when the state park system sought proposals.
    The tours out of the Fries location can stretch to about 2.5 hours and extend as far as Byllesby Dam and the Gambetta area.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/15/13

    Unwelcome help
    I read the editor’s note on the coaching question. It said the coaches are tutors that work with students that need extra help. I think someone needs to talk with these coaches about their job description. I was told from the reading coach and math coach that they are not supposed to work with children, that they are just there as a resource for me. I have enough sense to get my own resources, thank you.

  • Counties allege fraud in radio lawsuit

    Grayson and Carroll counties, alleging fraud and breach of contract on a 2009 project to improve radio systems, have filed a lawsuit against the Mount Airy, N.C., business seeking the return of more than $1 million paid and $350,000 in punitive damages.

  • Arrest Reports 7/15/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • APCo fuel factor will not change

    Appalachian Power Co. filed a request Friday to leave unchanged the current fuel factor component of its electricity rates.
    The fuel factor is aimed at dollar-for-dollar recovery for the cost Appalachian Power incurs for fuel — primarily coal — and purchased power. It is often adjusted annually. There is no profit in the fuel factor.
    The current fuel factor of 2.953 cents per kilowatt-hour has been in place since June 2012.

  • Paperwork piles up for schools HVAC project

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors completed the the county’s paperwork to proceed with replacing the heating and air conditioning at the high school at their meeting July 8.
    If it seems like there’s a lot of documentation between cooperating agencies — the county, the Industrial Development Authority, the school board and Rural Development, which will provide the $5 million — it’s because there is.