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Today's News

  • DMV warns of scam

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles warns the public to be wary of companies that call with offers of cheaper insurance rates based on information from your DMV record.
    DMV does not sell insurance, solicit the sale of insurance, or release driver information for marketing purposes.
    “A few of our customers have called us to let us know they have received automated messages from insurance companies saying they are entitled to a lower insurance rate based on information from their DMV records,’” said DMV spokesperson Sunni Brown.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/23/13

    Driving around
    I’m just wondering why it was okay for town councilman David Young to drive the town police department’s electric car around the Hillsville flea market [with his wife]. Is this practice ethical to use town property? Plenty of people saw it. I’m sure plenty of others would have liked to use it. Isn’t there a policy in the town on equipment being used for personal use?

  • Fancy Gap utility project questioned

    A Fancy Gap resident has made a complaint to state agencies that the Carroll Public Service Authority did not follow proper procedures in extending a county sewer utility project to Joy Ranch Road.
    Stephen Gregson shared a letter with The Gazette that he sent to Rural Development representative Robert Hilt on Aug. 22 and with Jeffrey Gargiulo of the Virginia State Inspector General’s office on Sept. 18. The investigation is now in the hands of the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, because the matter involves federal funding.

  • Kudzu bugs invading Virginia

    Twin County homeowners may want to keep a vacuum handy this fall in case the most recent insect invader wants to take refuge somewhere cozy.
    Virginia researchers studying the kudzu bug have mostly confined their work to the effect of the rapidly spreading insect on row crops, according to Virginia Extension Service and Virginia Tech entomologist Ames Herbert.

  • Goin to serve time for drugs, eluding police

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man will serve three years and nine months in prison on a drug charge and another year on an unrelated conviction of eluding police.
    Kevin Goin, 33, of Fries Road, was sentenced on Sept. 13 in Grayson County Circuit Court to five years in jail for an incident this summer in which he crashed his motorcycle through a police roadblock during a chase. Four years were suspended.

  • Auburn holds off Galax challenge

    Galax volleyball coach Yerrick Stoneman was looking for a schedule upgrade when he added Auburn to the slate for this season. Mission accomplished in that regard.

    And with six seniors returning from last year’s Division 1 state championship club, the Eagles still have plenty enough talent in the program to field a formidable team and to make for a good measuring stick for Stoneman’s club.

  • G-men heat up Blue Ridge for MED golf win

    Ben Ramsey of Graham blistered the Blue Ridge Country Club course with a 3-under-par 32 Wednesday to lead the G-Men to the team win in a four-way Mountain Empire District golf match.

    Graham’s Zach Toohey posted an even-par 35 as Graham turned in a four-man total of 149 to top runner-up Galax by 12 strokes. William McGuire and Travis Simms both shot 41 as all six Graham players came in at 42 or better.

  • Devils, Tide cruise in MED openers

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County improved to 6-1 on the year and got its district schedule off to a good start Thursday evening, taking care of Fort Chiswell in three sets in a Mountain Empire District volleyball match.

    The Blue Devils won for the sixth straight time since an opening-night loss and needed just 50 minutes to secure the 25-12, 25-8, 25-13 win over the Pioneers.

  • Galax repeats on home course

    WOODLAWN –– Nobody was catching the kid from Rural Retreat. But very few were passing the guys in maroon, either.

    One-third of the 12 fastest boys at the Southwest Virginia Training Center cross country course Wednesday were wearing Galax colors and the host school successfully defended its boys’ team championship at the Maroon Tide Invitational.

    All seven Galax runners posted career-best times as a cool, cloudy afternoon made for what Tide coach Tony Quesenberry called the best running conditions in the event’s 20-year history.

  • Turnovers spoil Grayson home opener

    INDEPENDENCE –– Last Friday was a special night for the Grayson County Blue Devils.

    A large crowd of fans was on hand to watch their first home game of the season. Their recently renovated athletic field, complete with a new playing surface, was dedicated prior to the game.

    But Glenvar played the role of the spoiler as the Highlanders beat the Blue Devils 27-21 in a nondistrict game.