Today's News

  • Ministry brings hope to prisoners

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correction Center recently hosted a five-day prison ministry event to share a religious message with inmates who seek guidance from a higher power.

    Kairos, a prison ministry, sends volunteers to the facility twice a year for this event. Their recent visit took place from Oct. 21-25.

    (“Kairos” is a Greek word that means an opportunity or decisive moment.)

  • Break-in, grand larceny among Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    A break-in, an assault and a grand larceny were among the incidents investigated by the Galax Police Department last week, according to a police report.

    Kevin David Liddle, 33, of Galax, was arrested for breaking into the home of his former girlfriend, who had called 911.

  • Woman wins $1M jackpot at Food City

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — When Tamara Furr and her husband left for a weekend of seclusion in the Virginia mountains, the last thing they expected was to take home a $1 million souvenir.

    But, the odds were apparently in their favor when Furr purchased a ticket for the Virginia Lottery Scratcher game Green at Food City in Independence.

    According to a news release from the grocery chain, Furr discovered her win in the passenger seat while her husband was driving away from the store.

  • Galax meets tough academic standards

    The statistics are in and they all point in one direction: Galax City Public Schools are meeting both state and federal accreditation standards, partly due to the remediation classes that take place during each semester’s intersession week.

    “We have some really significant accomplishments here,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill, who particularly attributed Galax’s success to the teachers.

  • Public record for 11/18/15 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.


    These divorces were recorded in February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Wilma Rutherford Boettcher vs. Kenneth Wayne Boettcher.

  • Grayson man reported missing

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is requesting help from the community to locate John William Wingler Sr., who is considered missing and endangered due to health concerns.

    According to a news release from the sheriff's office, Wingler was last seen at his home in Whitetop during the early morning hours of Nov. 12.

    Wingler is 74 years old, 5' 9" tall, and 165 pounds. His eyes are blue, and his hair is a mix of red and gray.

  • Readers Hotline 11/16/15

    No bull
    I’m reading The Gazette about the elections and I see a lot of new faces. The sad part about the elections is, when these new people get in their jobs, it is going to be just like when kids go to play football. It’s going to be, “you do it our way or it’s the highway.” That ain’t no bull. I have lived here for 58 years. It’s their way or the highway. Remember that.

    Setting example

  • Healthcare enrollment time again


    By Jon Applebaum, CEO, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Two years ago, the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for the first time.

    Since then, an estimated 10.2 million Americans have enrolled for healthcare coverage through the online marketplace, which allows people to browse coverage options, compare plans and purchase health insurance that meets their individual needs.

  • Carroll begins new administrator search

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors discussed the hiring timeline for a new county administrator in its meeting on Nov. 12.

    Gary Larrowe, the current administrator, will resign his position effective Dec. 31. Larrowe has been hired by Botetourt County to serve as administrator.

  • Grayson kills coyote contest, bounty fate undecided

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors sought the opinions of two incoming members last week during a discussion of whether to continue its support of a coyote bounty program and, subsequently, a second coyote hunting competition.

    A bounty for coyotes was proposed last year to reduce the number of coyotes that threatened deer, pets and livestock throughout the county. The initial cap for the project was $5,000, which supervisors later doubled when the county ran out of money to pay the bounties.