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Today's News

  • Shelter closed to prevent spread of parvovirus

    The Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter will be closed through April 8 due to a suspected case of parvovirus at the shelter, according to a news release from City Manager Keith Barker.


    Some puppies began showing symptoms of parvovirus after spending a couple of days at the shelter, Barker told the Gazette. The contagious disease is fatal to dogs.

    
They were taken to a local veterinarian, where they tested negative for parvo. However, they still had all of the symptoms.
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  • Strength in numbers

    They say that it takes a village to raise a child, so perhaps it takes an entire region to care for the smaller communities within it.
    The announcement last week of Twin County United Way’s merger with United Way Virginia Highlands came with a lot of positivity — along with many questions about what happens next.
    What changes are going to be made?
    Where will the funding go?

  • Readers' Hotline 4/1/13

    Banner year for town
    Editor’s note: Independence Town Manager Jerry Hughes last week issued this statement in response to two Hotline comments published in the March 25 edition of The Gazette, concerning why the town hasn’t changed its seasonal banners downtown:

  • Arrest Report Updates 4/1/13

    The Gazette partners with local police departments to publish photos and information about suspects arrested and charged. The Gazette lists names of those found guilty of crimes in its regular Court News feature. Our staff also tracks those listed in the Arrest Reports feature, and reports any suspects who are found not guilty or have their charges dismissed.

  • APCo rates could fall, then rise

    Appalachian Power Co. is seeking what would amount to a 1.5 percent increase in its electricity rates to cover higher generation and environmental costs.
    In two filings Friday with the State Corporation Commission, the utility proposed updating rate adjustment clauses that cover certain costs, such as generation and environmental expenses, for a specific time period.
    If approved, the rate increase would take effect early next year.

  • Firearms convictions add to McMillian's sentence

    HILLSVILLE — A Cana man who already had been sentenced to five years in prison tripled that period of incarceration after pleading guilty to additional charges March 21.
    On his third appearance in Carroll County Circuit Court before substitute Judge Robert Turk, Glen Donald McMillian pleaded guilty to three charges on that day.

  • Trial by Fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The room was dark and full of smoke, so seeing was next to impossible.
    The injured firefighter lay helpless underneath the rubble that had fallen from the ceiling during a search of the room.
    All the firefighter could do was scream to the rest of the crew for help. They arrived quickly, and pushed away the fallen debris.
    “Are you alright?” asked one of the firefighter's brothers as the rest gathered around, preparing to carry them out if necessary.

  • Carroll teen wins Ironman Nationals

    ZION CROSSROADS ––    Cherokee Widner of Sylvatus was crowned the 2013 national champion at the Ironman Nationals lifting competition, held at the Best Western Crossroads on March 17.

    The event was sanctioned by the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation, and the competition took place without any aids other than a weight belt and wrist straps.

  • VHSL adjusts state tournament set-up

    The VHSL has moved its boys’ and girls’ state basketball semifinals out of VCU’s Siegel Center as part of a restructured format beginning with the 2014-15 season.

    The new format – adopted after a poll of the VHSL Executive Committee – calls for the six boys’ and six girls’ championship games to be played at VCU over a three-day period from March 13-15 with four games played on each day.

    Each day’s games will be divided into two-game sessions at VCU.

  • Grayson walks over Cougars

    STUART –– Take away a few shaky moments on defense Grayson County would have chalked up Wednesday’s 9-2 nondistrict win over Patrick County as a stellar effort.

    As it was, the win was still nothing to sneeze at.

    The Blue Devils got a strong effort from starting pitcher Dylan Isom, showed a good eye at the plate and took advantage of its offensive opportunities to notch the seven-run victory over what is traditionally one of the area’s better Group AA programs.