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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 6/3/13

    Under arrest
    I am calling in reference to the gentleman that wrote from Independence about the drug arrest report feature. I think it is one of the best things the newspaper has done. I wish they would go one better and put their addresses in also because I like to know who is around my neighborhood doing some of these things.

    Student loans
    Now these Republicans are trying to go up on student loans. You can’t even get an education in this country anymore for the Republican Party.

  • Galax man dies in tractor accident

    Galax-Grayson EMS responded to an accident near Camp Zion Road in Galax the afternoon of May 27.
    They arrived on the scene to find that Billy Redd of Galax, 77, had sustained serious injuries in a lawnmower accident.
    At press time, there was no further information about the nature of the accident.
    While the Galax Volunteer Fire Department did not respond to the scene, Fire Chief David Hankley confirmed that Redd’s condition was urgent enough to require an airlift to the hospital.

  • Iroler is new GHS principal

    The Galax City School Board has selected Justin Iroler to serve as principal of Galax High School beginning July 1.
    Iroler will fill the vacancy left by departing principal Dr. Jody Ray, who resigned in May.
    The board unanimously approved Iroler for the position during a board meeting on May 29. The news was announced during a faculty meeting the next day, and those in attendance gave a standing ovation, according to School Board Chairman Ray Kohl.
    Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told The Gazette that the board was pleased with the selection.

  • Police collect evidence in George case

    Warrants indicate a suspect would face first-degree murder charge

    Police suspicion of criminal activity surrounding the death of Desia Rae George, 33, was confirmed last week when autopsy reports indicated an unnatural and suspicious cause of death.
    On May 23, George’s body was discovered in a pond alongside Brushy Creek Road in Grayson County, about 10 miles from her home in the town of Fries.

  • Carroll awards bid for Patriot Trail

    HILLSVILLE — School officials went down the path to awarding a construction bid for a piece of the Patriot Trail at the Carroll School Board’s May meeting.
    The action passed with one abstention and one "no" vote.
    Continuing to work towards creating a walking trail at the Hillsville Elementary School, officials had set out two options in the bidding process with different thicknesses of asphalt for a eight foot wide, half-mile long, handicapped-assessable portion of the trail.

  • Absentee voting for primaries ends June 8

    Virginia voters eligible to vote absentee for the upcoming primary elections may cast their absentee ballot in person at general registrar offices Saturday.
    Voters must meet one of 17 eligibility requirements to vote absentee. See details at www.sbe.virginia.gov.
    For voters interested in voting absentee by mail, applications are available online at the State Board of Elections website or at local voter registration offices.
    Voters requesting to vote absentee by mail must submit an application to the local registrar’s office by 5 p.m. June 4.

  • CONTEST: Personal Training Transformation Challenge

    Twin County Wellness Center has partnered with The Gazette to offer 2 people each a free, 12-week personal training session!

  • Roanoke Times sold to BH Media Group

    Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of The Gazette, announced that it sold The Roanoke Times to Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group on May 31.
    The sale has no effect on operations of the locally-produced Landmark newspapers, The Gazette and The Declaration. The two local newspapers will continue to be printed at The Roanoke Times’ plant, as they have since 2005.
    The Gazette and The Declaration will continue to be operated by Landmark Community Newspapers.

  • Move over to protect those who protect us

    The death of a local tow truck operator on Interstate 77 is a stark reminder that Virginia's "Move Over" law also applies to these first responders, just as it does to police, fire and rescue workers assisting motorists on our highways.
    In fact, Virginia State Police issued a reminder alert about the Move Over law just two days before Russell Nelson of Hillsville was struck by a vehicle and killed over the Memorial Day weekend.

  • Project Linus 'Blanket Day' is Saturday

    In January, Vatress Williams of Woodlawn handed the Carroll Chapter of Project Linus over to Sarah Melton of Independence.

    Williams had served Project Linus for about five years and got the chapter to supply 4,030 blankets to children in the area.