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Today's News

  • Fire leaves Hillsville man homeless

    HILLSVILLE — A fire in Hillsville left a resident homeless early Sunday morning.

    Galax Fire Department responded at 1:59 a.m. to assist the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department at 1570 Old Galax Pike, a cinderblock house with additions built on.

    According to Hillsville Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler, a neighbor reported the fire. The resident took refuge in his car.

    “We don’t really know how it started,” said Spangler. “Everybody was out.”

  • VSP responds to 23 crashes over weekend

    Virginia State Police responded to 23 accidents in Carroll and Grayson counties last weekend, according to a statement from First Sgt. Mike Musser on Monday.

    Another snow and ice storm on Feb. 20-21 made travel hazardous, and some roads refroze after thawing on Feb. 22.

    “We responded to 23 accidents from Friday morning until Sunday evening. Of those 23, seven were on the interstate, and the rest were on primary and secondary roads,” Musser said in an email to The Gazette.

  • House, Senate conferees agree on state budget

    RICHMOND — House and Senate budget conferees have agreed on a 2 percent pay raise for state employees, restoration of $30 million in funding to local governments that had been cut and a deposit of nearly $130 million to the rainy day fund, Republicans said on Monday.

    They said a vote could be held in each chamber as early as Thursday.

    In a statement, House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) and Senate Finance Chairman Walter Stosch (R- Henrico County) said the budgets approved by each chamber earlier this month were already in close alignment.

  • Foggy Top fire under investigation

    A house fire on Foggy Top Lane in Grayson County left no injuries or fatalities but extensive property damage, said Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers on Monday evening.

    Galax firefighters responded to the siren at 5:08 p.m. on Monday. After extinguishing the fire, which Ayers said started in a front room, the fire department summoned investigators from the Grayson Sheriff’s Office. According to Ayers, this was because the fire department was unable to discern the fire’s cause.

  • Carroll County Rec. to offer youth wrestling

    HILLSVILLE –– Registration is now underway by the Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department for a youth wrestling club.

    The club will be open for students in K-8th grade, with the program beginning in March and ending in mid-October. It will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the Woodlawn School gymnasium from 6-7:30 p.m.

    Fees are $25 for registration, and a mandatory $15 fee to Coach for USA membership card.

  • Hilltoppers roll over Cavaliers 89-39 in Conference 24

    LYNCHBURG –– E.C. Glass took a 15-point lead into the half and zoomed away after intermission, rolling past Carroll County 89-39 in the Conference 24 boys’ quarterfinals Friday night.

    The top-seeded Hilltoppers more than doubled their first-half scoring output with a 31-point third quarter and never let up, scoring 58 second-half points to end the Cavaliers’ season at 6-16.

    Tai-he Jeter led E.C. Glass (21-2) with 25 points, Tjuan Jones scored 17 and Malik Knox added 16 points.

  • Tide advances past Rebels

    The Galax girls’ basketball team had been in the gym just twice in 10 days when it finally began play Monday in the much-delayed Conference 46 tournament. All that really matters now is that the Maroon Tide will be in the gym at least once more.

  • Readers Hotline 2/23/15

    Payback first
    I cannot believe Supervisor Bob Martin would even consider making a motion to appoint Billy Mitchell to serve on the Carroll Planning Commission after taking more than $400,000 in Carroll funds. Give the job to a law-abiding citizen and let Billy Mitchell apply for a public job after he has paid back his $93,547 [in remaining restitution to the county].

    Don’t do it

  • Gwyn sentenced on federal drug charges

    ROANOKE ― A Cana man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Roanoke following a guilty plea for a federal charge of possession of a Schedule II drug.

    Robert Lee Gwyn Jr., 40, of Cana, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II drug, with the intent to distribute, according to Brian McGinn, a public affairs specialist of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Western District of Virginia.

  • Life-saving dispatchers honored in Congress

    It’s amazing where just doing your job can get you.

    For two local police dispatchers, their life-saving efforts got them recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    As previously reported by The Gazette, Galax police dispatchers Tim Webb and Justin Wooten were working dispatch on Dec. 29, 2014, when an emergency call came through from the Skyland Estates section of Fancy Gap. Cheri Grable, watching her sick grandson, was on the line, desperate for help.