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Today's News

  • Hillsville continues search for new town manager, police chief

    HILLSVILLE — Town council continues its headhunting for two leadership positions, and one citizen says the best candidates already work for Hillsville.
    Filling the vacant town manager and police chief jobs received only a few minutes of attention from Hillsville Town Council members during the open session of the Oct. 22 meeting.
    After a 40-minute closed session, Mayor Greg Crowder announced that interviews for the top candidates for police chief will occur at the beginning of November.

  • Fright nights in Fries at 'Scream Asylum'

    FRIES — Local artist Chad Tate and his crew of maniacs have created a truly terrifying haunted house at the Fries Recreation Center this year.
    The Scream Asylum opened Oct. 19, with a massive “Pumpkin King” greeting visitors outside the rec center, complete with a light-up head Tate carved out of a foam block. The wood and chicken wire monstrosity also billows smoke from its head.

  • Deputy sues alleged shooter, suspect's wife

    Grayson County Deputy Doug Waller is seeking $500,000 in damages from the Wheatleys, and has filed another suit to keep $4,500 worth of firearms seized from the couple after a shooting that sent Waller to the hospital.

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

  • Meth lab clean-up ordinance approved

    HILLSVILLE — At least one person in Carroll County feels good about a new ordinance that calls for methamphetamine makers to clean up their drug labs after conviction.
    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors held a required public hearing on the idea, already approved by places like Galax, at the Oct. 9 meeting.
    When Supervisors’ Chairman Sam Dickson saw that no citizens signed up to speak, he asked Sheriff J.B. Gardner if he wanted to say anything.

  • Carroll hosts band competition

     

    With fall colors as a backdrop and a chilly wind blowing, Carroll County High School hosted about a dozen marching bands at Tommy Thompson field in a Saturday competition. Bands played for more than five hours. These photographs include A and AA competitors from the first half of the event. “A” schools include Bland County, Twin Springs, Northwood and Rural Retreat. “AA” schools were Fort Chiswell and Chilhowie.

    See Wednesday's print and online editions of The Gazette for more photos.

  • Va. attorney general finds no conflict

    The Virginia Attorney General’s Office has found no conflict of interest after its review of whether an elected Carroll County supervisor can work for a company inspecting the Fancy Gap water and sewer project.
    This opinion comes after an appeal by Joshua Hendrick, the Laurel Fork District supervisor, who had worked with Nehemiah Engineering.
    The engineering firm had landed a contract with the Carroll Public Service Authority to provide construction inspection services on utility projects before Hendrick won his election.

  • Galax drivers cautioned about 4-way stops

     

  • Readers' Hotline 10/24/12

    Put a bow on it
    I’m calling about the Galax garbage pickup. I am one of many whose garbage did not pick up last week. We were left with our garbage sitting on the street and we are elderly and have a hard time getting it out there in the first place. I was wondering if the city would like us to giftwrap our garbage before we put it out.

    Wondering  

  • Hickam, Milans exchange vows

    Phyllis Elizabeth Hickam and Gregory James Milans were married Aug. 10, 2012, riverside at the New River Lodge in Galax.
    The double-ring ceremony was performed by Sam Bartlett, pastor of First Baptist Church of Galax.

    The bride is the daughter of Nancy Dixon Hickam of Galax and Jim Hickam, Jr., of Charlotte, N.C.
    She is a graduate of Galax High School and Roanoke College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is employed by West Health Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

  • Celebrates 60th anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Garnett Junior Lineberry of Woodlawn were honored with a celebration at their home church, Mount Zion Primitive Baptist, on Aug. 12.

    The couple was married on Aug. 2, 1952. They have five children and 11 grandchildren. 
    Family, friends, and the church family honored the couple with a celebration of love and treasured memories.