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Today's News

  • New efforts on expanding Virginia's economy

    The coordinated, bipartisan rollout of a sweeping new effort to reshape and strengthen Virginia’s economy offered a good opportunity to acknowledge the commonwealth’s potential.

    Few states possess the kind of resources and assets of Virginia: a busy and profitable port, the world’s largest naval station, excellent universities and colleges, a highly rated public school system.

  • Galax skating rink still rolling along

    Kids cruise past on skates, some rented from Galax Rollerland and some brought from home with touches like violet lights or flashy laces.

    Some are on their own; some are very young and skate while holding a parent’s hand. Overhead, the sound system blasts Elvis singing “Put Your Hand In the Hand.”

  • Crossroads helps Moog expand, train managers

    When Moog-Galax managers Travis Belton and Joanie Newman wanted to earn their master’s degrees in business administration, they approached Crossroads Institute.

    Both earned MBAs from Averett University in 2013, yet neither set foot on the Danville campus until graduation.

    And when Moog Components Group, the world’s leading slip ring manufacturer, needed additional space for electronic circuit board assembly, again Crossroads was the solution.

  • Grayson reviews 19 school chief applicants

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools has received 27 inquiries for its vacant superintendent position.

    Of these inquiries, there have been 19 applications, according to a summary provided by School Board Chairman Larry Bartlett this week.

  • Conventional Wisdom: Comic-Con 101

    HILLSVILLE — On Saturday, The Hillsville VFW will play host to the first-ever Khan-Con: a day-long convention featuring sci-fi, comics, games, fantasy, zombies, superheroes and FX makeup.

    Khan-Con is brought to the area by several local artists, writers, vendors and others with an appreciation of the realms of fiction and fun.

    “My feeling is, if we have the talent, we should offer them a place to showcase their work and get them some more recognition,” said co-organizer David Guynn.

  • Chase through two counties ends with crash

    A high-speed northbound chase up Interstate 77 and across two counties ended in arrest for a West Virginia man on Aug. 8 at about 10:15 p.m., said Virginia State Trooper T.S. Todd.

    A 2012 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Demorrea Juan Curry, 19, of Beckley, W.Va., was spotted going 94 mph in a 65 mph zone by Todd, who pursued Curry starting around the 11.5 milepost on the interstate. According to Todd, Curry refused to pull over.

  • Readers Hotline 8/12/15

    Worker injured
    I am disappointed that The Gazette didn’t report on an accident at the glass plant in Galax that happened when a young lady got both her ankles crushed and her knee disjointed and she will be in a wheelchair for months. I don’t know why it was never reported.

  • Car overturns, catches fire in Va. 100 crash

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A 7-year-old boy was airlifted for treatment after a three-vehicle accident in Hillsville on Saturday night at 7:35 p.m., according to Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton.

  • Four facing drug charges in Galax

    Staff Reports

    Four people have been charged with drug violation in three recent cases in Galax.

    Anthony Curtis Caudell, 25, of Fries, was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Caudell was arrested by Sgt. Jody Poole, who said he observed the suspect trying to swallow a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Caudell was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Harper murder trial set for February

    INDEPENDENCE — A trial date has been set for George Albert Harper III of Galax, who is charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings.

    According to the Grayson County Circuit Court, Harper’s trial date has been set for the week of Feb. 8, 2016. The jury trial is expected to span the entire week.

    Harper’s trial will follow the three-day murder trial of Chad Allen Reeves, who was found not guilty of the same charge earlier this year.