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Today's News

  • Carroll budget proposal near $42M

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County citizens could be looking at a brand new series of tax rates this year, as county officials consider several tax changes to provide a balanced budget.

    Nikki Cannon, the county’s assistant administrator, presented the budget proposal at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Monday meeting. Recommendations for this year’s budget included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Pharmacist pleads guilty to illegally obtaining drugs

    HILLSVILLE — James Lionel Surratt Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining drugs by false pretenses in Carroll County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

    According to Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, Surratt had obtained various mixtures of hydrocodone while working with two different pharmacies — Walmart Pharmacy in Galax and Nuckolls Drug Company in Hillsville.

  • Wildlife experts: culling results in more coyotes

    Copyright 2015, The Roanoke Times. Used with permission.

    BLACKSBURG — The more coyotes you kill, the more you have.

    This biological quirk sets these relatively new Virginia residents apart from most other animals in the commonwealth’s forests, fields and even cities, according to Virginia Tech wildlife professor Marcella Kelly.

  • Motorcycle driver airlifted after crash

    HILLSVILLE — An Indian Valley man was airlifted following a motorcycle accident in front of the Wendy’s restaurant in Hillsville on April 11.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:30 p.m. The report said a 2014 Toyota Prius operated by Ben Cunningham of Elizabethville, Penn., was pulling out of the Wendy’s parking lot to go east on Carrollton Pike (U.S. 58), when it was struck by a 1974 Harley Davidson operated by Michael Lee Hubbard of Indian Valley.

  • Police: man left scene, hid after wreck

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    A Galax man faces four charges following a single-vehicle traffic accident.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call around 4:40 p.m. on March 31 reporting a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Cardinal Road and Petty Road, just outside the Galax corporate limits.

    Vaughan was the first officer on the scene. He said neighbors described the vehicle as a white SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer. The vehicle left the scene of the accident.

  • Second chance to dance

    HILLSVILLE — For Heather Ramirez, last year’s Second Chance Prom was her first real prom experience.

    “The funny part for me was that I wasn’t able to attend my first prom, but I helped decorate for it in high school,” she told The Gazette. “But it worked out, because the first time actually going to the prom, I went with my husband.”

  • Study: lower speed limits result in fewer wrecks

    After city council approved a controversial speed limit change for Galax back in 2013, Police Chief Rick Clark said the move is keeping citizens safer.

    In his annual report last month, Clark praised council members for lowering the limit. “I applaud you because of your actions,” he said at the meeting. “I appreciate your willingness to do the right thing, even when it wasn’t popular.”

  • Readers Hotline 4/15/15

    Second guessing
    I agree with the caller that Fries, Providence and Mount Rogers schools should have been repaired and left open. Correction, Grayson Highlands School was built at Grant, not at Mount Rogers, which is the upper end of Grayson County. Seems there is no life after Volney going west except at tax time. Also, residents, more money is needed for janitors to clean floors at Grayson Highlands School. This is a proud resident of Whitetop, Va.

    Persecuting Christians

  • Presutti, Bowen announce engagement

    Victoria Ann Presutti and Stephen Preston Bowen announced their upcoming marriage.
    The bride-to-be is the daughter of Susan and C.R. Minor, and R. David Presutti of Morristown, Tenn.

    She was graduated from Morristown Hamblen High School East in 2011.
    She is a student at the University of Tennessee, studying therapeutic recreation and psychology, and is employed by CVS Pharmacy and Studio 7 by Avalon in Morristown.
    The groom-to-be is the son of Stephen and Rhonda Hall Bowen of Mouth of Wilson.

  • Public record for 4/15/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August of 2014, in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Miranda Chandler of Galax, guilty of noise violation; pay $25 fine and $25 costs.