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Today's News

  • United Way agencies form union

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, ,Staff
    Twin County United Way will merge with United Way Virginia Highlands, forming a partnership that spans the five counties of Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth and Washington; and the City of Galax.
    The merger will allow the organization to serve more than 28 towns and one city, which together contain 168,000 residents over a span of 2,500 square miles.

  • Gypsy moths: slowing the spread

    One of the fronts in the battle against destructive gypsy moths will be fought in Middle Fox Creek in Grayson County this year.
    The integrated pest management program to "Slow the Spread" of the foreign pest involves releasing pheromones on 1,000 acres in the Southwest Virginia county, among others, says Larry Bradfield, project manager in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
    The goal is to confuse the flying males enough so they can’t find the stationary females to reproduce.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Family Resource Center is holding a special event at the Elks Lodge in Galax to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
    “We are going to use the theme to help keep the community safe, and to shine a light on child abuse,” said Amy Parks, who is heading the event.
    Parks hopes to see parents bring their kids for a family day, complete with food, games and information to help keep children safe.

  • Computer repair calls are a scam, BBB says

    ROANOKE — “This is me moving your mouse.”
    Sure enough, a Dublin consumer’s computer mouse cursor began to move across the screen on its own.
    Someone had taken control of her computer. Unfortunately, minutes later they would have control of her bank account, as well.
    Multiple consumers have told the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia that they have been contacted by an overseas computer repair company offering virus protection and claiming to work for Microsoft.

  • Arrest Reports 3/29/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Davis convicted of more abduction charges

    WYTHEVILLE — A 61-year-old Ivanhoe man, already serving a 28-year sentence on a rape conviction in Carroll County, received another 25 years in prison for related convictions in Wythe County.
    Alton Kenny Davis, a former driver for Guardian ambulance service, faced several charges in a Wythe County investigation that spread to Carroll County in 2008, involving Mount Rogers Industrial and Developmental Center clients.
    Davis provided transportation services to the disabled through his position with Guardian.

  • Campbell to seek 6th District seat

     

  • 'Fancy Gap' novel tops Amazon charts

    FANCY GAP — Only one author with Carroll County ties has topped the Amazon sales charts for an action-adventure series.
    David “Bubba” Gelly saw possibilities in the infamous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional thriller.
    To write "Fancy Gap," Gelly combined his experience as a corporate security supervisor with his love of writing and his interest in the local culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains to pen this tale of a loathsome crime.

  • Public record for 3/27/13 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 January in the Grayson County General District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • VIDEO: Galax Middle School Choir performance

     

    The Galax Middle School Choir recently entertained the city's school board with a selection of songs. At the board's February meeting, the choir lined up behind a row of shelves in the GHS library, where they performed two songs: "Hot Chocolate" and "Amani Utupe Na Ustawi," which means "Grant us peace, give us courage" in Swahili. Four members of the choir have made it into the all-district choir, while nine submissions had been accepted for the state middle school choir.