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Today's News

  • Grayson shuts down another

    INDEPENDENCE –– For the second time in three days, Grayson County walked off the baseball field with a five-run win after a one-hit pitching performance. Somehow Friday’s had a little bit of a better feeling to it than did Wednesday’s.

    Ty Cannaday and Koby Hill teamed up to limit Fort Chiswell to just one single and the Blue Devils showed a bit more life offensively than they had two days previously, downing Fort Chiswell 6-1 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

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  • Grassroots group's efforts paid off

    Kroger supporters and their grassroots movement might not have prevented their beloved Galax store from closing last month, but it has come to The Gazette’s attention that they did play an integral role in attracting new business to the city.
    On April 3, family-owned grocery chain Grants Supermarket announced that it would open a new store in the old Kroger building this summer. In a statement to the newspaper, the owners mentioned that the “Save Kroger” group had caught their attention while they were searching for new spots to expand.

  • Garner seeks re-election to city council

    Five candidates will compete for four seats on the Galax City Council this year, and included in the mix will be veteran council member John Garner.
    Garner has served for two terms on city council, and is hoping that this year will mark the start of his third.

  • Candidates compete for seat in Laurel Fork

    HILLSVILLE — While the challenger for Hillsville Town Council believes that the Laurel Fork ward needs a new voice, the incumbent says he has the experience to do the job.
    Both newcomer Nancy Beasley and incumbent Greg Yonce will appear on the ballot for the Laurel Fork ward seat in the May 6 municipal elections.

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    “I truly believe the Laurel Fork district needs a new voice,” Beasley said in a written statement in response to candidate questions from The Gazette.

  • Zoning hearing set for Tuesday

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday on all of the proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance.
    Commission members will gather citizen comments on the draft ordinance before presenting it to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. The board will vote on whether to adopt the revised ordinance at its May 8 meeting.

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  • SWVA Training Center honors volunteers

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 10 at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center sang the praises, quite literally, of community services provided to the residents there.
    Andrew Shannon, director of volunteer services and gospel singer himself, conducted the mostly musical recognition of more than 400 volunteers much like a revival.

  • Diverse bands come together to celebrate life

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Edward “Conway” Tobler still has the bullet from his suicide attempt, a reminder of the self-inflicted tragedy that he survived and learned from.
    Six years later, Tobler is dedicated to the prevention of suicide and child abuse.
    On April 4, through the non-profit organization Live for Life, Tobler and several local bands hosted the first-ever “Live for Life: Don’t Hasten Death” music festival at the Grover King VFW Post #1115 in Hillsville.

  • Troutdale considers canceling election

    TROUTDALE – A May 6 election for seats on Troutdale Town Council will still be held this year, after some discussion about whether to cancel the election last week.
    According to Grayson County Registrar Cody Wingate, the current council had considered canceling the election, after realizing that the town’s charter was amended by the General Assembly in March 2012 to state that “members of council shall serve for terms of four years,” instead of two.