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Today's News

  • Galax firefighter treated for injury

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Ivy Wood Apartments on West Stuart Drive on April 19.
    Approximately 28 firefighters and five trucks responded to the scene that evening, where they remained for two hours, Hankley said.
    On arrival, the department found a heavy fire coming from the upstairs bedroom of a two-story duplex apartment owned by Dr. James Williams and occupied by Tom Simms, according to Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Carroll holds hearing on tax rates

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    HILLSVILLE  — Carroll’s proposed FY 2013-14 budget includes an increase to 68 cents per $100 valuation for the real estate tax rate, to make it “revenue neutral” after the county experienced the first drop in property values in three decades, according to a budget presentation at a meeting held earlier this month.
    Because of this drop in values, the county won’t take in any more revenue from the reassessment, in spite of the higher rate.

  • Hillsville budget to balance with tax hikes

    HILLSVILLE — Changes have come to the way that Hillsville Town Council members plan their budget — they have sworn off dipping into savings to balance the fiscal year 2014 proposal.
    Adjustments to the real estate, meals and lodging taxes are also a part of making the proposal work, according to Town Manager Travis Jackson’s budget message.
    Town officials needed to make up a shortfall of $519,501 in the budget, including the general fund and the water and sewer services.

  • Arts Council presents 'Dixie Swim Club'

    The Arts Council of the Twin Counties’ production of “The Dixie Swim Club,” which opens May 30, follows the lives of five friends who met when they all joined the college swim team.

  • Public record for 4/24/13 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in November of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Motorcycle driver charged after chase and crash

    UPDATED 4/25/13:

  • Drug suspect is "most wanted"

    UPDATE - Sheriff's office officials say that James Grimes has been arrested.

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County authorities consider a 32-year-old man one of their "most wanted."

    James Richard Grimes, no address given, is wanted on a drug charge of possession of schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, according to information from the Carroll Sheriff's Office.

  • Med-Fit team wins Mud Run in Greenville, SC

    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– Med-Fit Systems (Nautilus) sponsored three teams competing in a 3.5-mile Mud Run this past weekend, and one of the three teams brought home a first-place finish in its division.

    “2 Hot Chicks and 2 Ugly Dudes” placed 19th overall and first in the co-ed division of the annual Goodwill Mud Run on April 13-14.

    The team was captained by Med-Fit project manager and former Gazette reporter Ben Bomberger, with teammates Brandon Davis (Med-Fit IT director), Tracy Snow and Kyla Ford.

  • Galax zooms away from Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County battled Galax to a scoreless deadlock through 40 minutes but the Maroon Tide got busy with five second-half goals, blanking the Cavaliers 5-0 in a nondistrict boys’ soccer match Wednesday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Galax had led Carroll County 6-0 at halftime of their first meeting but couldn’t penetrate the Cavalier defense through the first half Wednesday.

    The second 40 minutes were another story.

  • Cavalier girls take 4-1 win over Buffaloes

    FLOYD –– Carroll County notched a big nondistrict win and handed Floyd County its first loss of the season, taking a 4-1 win Wednesday over the Buffaloes.

    With the Cavaliers (7-3) leading 1-0 in the top of the sixth, Cheyenne Strickland launched a three-run home run for a 4-0 lead, which was more than enough for Carroll pitcher Gracie Davidson.

    The homer was the third three-run shot in two games for Strickland, who had three home runs – two of them for three runs – two days earlier in a win at Galax.