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Today's News

  • Haynes family bonds in band

    By ABBY BODNAR, Staff

    Whether working or just enjoying the music, the Haynes family has attended HoustonFest since it started.

    Today, the family gets to join their favorite bands and take the stage to perform at the music festival in Galax’s Felts Park. The event raises money for both the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and youth music scholarships, which makes the Haynes’ participation significant.

  • Republican candidates focus on Va. economy

    Landmark News Service

    Following conventional political wisdom, Ed Gillespie has the edge in Tuesday’s Republican primary for governor. He has raised considerably more money and is well ahead in polls.

    But his two opponents beg to differ. They argue that the state’s first GOP governor’s primary in 12 years will be a test of who best motivates voters in what could be a low-turnout affair. In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s surprising political rise, they say, nothing is certain.

  • Three seeking Fancy Gap seat

    Registered voters in the Fancy Gap district will see three names on the ballot for Fancy Gap supervisor in the Republican primary on June 13.

    Those names are Ronnie G. Collins, G.G. “Greg” Spencer and Phillip R. McCraw, not to be confused with the current Fancy Gap supervisor. The current supervisor, Phil D. McCraw, is not running for reelection due to his declining health.

    The Gazette was able to speak to each of the candidates to get an idea about their goals and qualifications and why they wanted to be a supervisor for Carroll County.

  • 'Food security' grant will help local families

    Staff Reports

    Summer can be a tough time for low-income families, when their children lose access to free or reduced-price school meals.

    A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service will provide thousands of students and their families in Galax, Grayson County and six other Southwest Virginia school divisions with increased food security during the summer.

  • Grayson recreation park ready for summer

    INDEPENDENCE — School’s out for summer; and the Grayson County Recreation Park in Independence is prepared with a slate of activities to keep locals entertained.

    Recreation Park Director Kevin Watson highlighted these activities in a presentation at the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ May meeting.

    Watson began by announcing that the outdoor swimming pool is now open seven days a week, with family nights every Monday and Wednesday.

  • Readers Hotline 6/7/17

    Hole fixed
    I want to thank the City of Galax for finally fixing that big sinkhole at the alley between Washington Street and Webster Street that has been there for 18 years. They did a fantastic job. It hasn’t washed out yet, so hopefully it will hold.

    Flaunting disobedience

  • HoustonFest opens Friday in Galax

    Each year HoustonFest is presented by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and a small army of community volunteers. It’s done all in memory of banjo prodigy and volunteer firefighter Houston Caldwell.

    This year’s festival will be held on June 9-10 in Galax’s Felts Park. Caldwell passed away in 2010 at age 18.

  • Lifesaving devices donated to Hillsville PD

    HILLSVILLE — The Friends of Hillsville, along with a grant from Mohawk Industries, have made it possible for all vehicles of the town’s police department to be equipped with automated external defibrillator (AED) devices.

    At Hillsville Town Council’s May 22 meeting, Mayor Greg Crowder explained the non-profit organization’s grant committee applied for a grant from Mohawk Industries that totaled $5,000. The department needed $10,000 to purchase the AEDs and the Friends of Hillsville approved a grant match at its May meeting to complete the project.

  • He's four

    Donald “Porky” Peck is celebrating his birthday Saturday with a Power Rangers party May 20 with family and friends.

    He turned age four on May 15. His father is Robert Peck and his mother is Chasity McMillian, both of Cana.

  • Public record for 6/7/17 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed: