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Today's News

  • Potty plopped on property? Pay up to toss that toilet

    HILLSVILLE — A new idea to raise money to “flush out cancer” continues to float around the community.
    A group of Galax-Carroll Relay for Life participants, Team Lifesavers, have been stealthily placing their plumbing-related fundraising tool in some high-traffic locations.
    “Our team is made up of teenagers who are working in memory of those lost to cancer or in honor of those who have survived or are fighting now,” the accompanying documentation says. “Please help us by supporting our effort to ‘Flush Out Cancer.”

  • BBQ event spices up Galax's economy

    This year, we celebrate the ninth anniversary of Smoke on the Mountain, an event that in its short existence has made great strides in putting Galax on the map for the rest of the country.
    Every year, it attracts thousands — barbecue teams, judges, tourists, fans and locals — to enjoy two days of high-spirited competition and many other festivities.
    Locals can get out, celebrate, eat, mingle with old friends and meet new ones.
    Tourists get a taste, not just of good food and entertainment, but of the city itself and what it has to offer.

  • Citizens question Grayson road plan's direction

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Fries and Big Ridge Road in Elk Creek overfilled the board room of the Grayson County Courthouse recently for several Grayson County Board of Supervisors public hearings.
    The group from Fries left the building with their desired result; the residents of Big Ridge Road left feeling somewhat dissatisfied and uncertain about their future.

  • BBQ plans heating up in Galax

    The 9th Annual Smoke on the Mountain barbecue championship will offer a dual competition for participants this year. In addition to scoring points in the traditional Memphis BBQ Network competition, vendors can also place in the Kansas City BBQ Society contest.
    Smoke on the Mountain, the official state barbecue cook-off, is held in downtown Galax each year in July. This year's event is July 19-20. The smell of authentic barbecue prepared by award-winning vendors is enough to draw in thousands of people each year for the two-day event.

  • Flood zone residents will pay fee for repairs

    Payments for housing rehabilitation in Galax’s flood-prone Bottom area will now be a minimum of $25 per month for each homeowner, regardless of income level, according to a decision made by the Galax City Council at the July 8 meeting.
    The decision was made following a recent introduction of new Department of Housing and Community Development guidelines. The original plan for the housing rehabilitation phase of the project required no payment for homeowners whose income fell below a certain number.

  • Arrest Reports 7/12/13

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

  • Readers' Hotline 7/10/13

    Pump comparisons
    I was wondering why gas is always so much higher around Independence than anywhere else. Gas is cheaper in Elk Creek, Wytheville, Baywood and Galax. I have even seen gas the same price in Mount Airy as in Independence and they have a much higher gas tax in North Carolina. The other day when we went to Galax, gas was 17 cents a gallon cheaper in Baywood and 24 cents a gallon less in Galax than it was in Independence.

    Workplace strains

  • Candidates emerge for Grayson treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE ― The pending retirement of longtime Grayson treasurer Fields R. “Junior” Young after 34 years has created a vacancy that at least two candidates have announced plans to fill.
    Young said his retirement is effective Dec. 31. He has been treasurer since 1979.
    A special election will be held in November for a temporary two-year term treasurer to replace him.
    Recently, Stephanie Brewer and Paula Carrico have announce their intentions to run for the office.

  • Floods damage Hillsville roads

    HILLSVILLE — Residents of low-lying areas in town and motorists driving through those flood-prone areas looked on in amazement Friday evening as heavy rains overwhelmed drainage to disrupt normal traffic and cause damage.
    Hillsville police responded to several areas during a July 5 storm that caused already wet and waterlogged areas to rise precipitously.

  • Public record for 7/10/13 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 April 8-19 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: