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Today's News

  • Items stolen from travelers' cars at Exit 14

    HILLSVILLE ― Town police are seeking help from citizens to solve a break-in and theft from two travelers’ vehicles parked at Shoney's at Interstate 77's Exit 14 on July 5.
    During a day marked by high Fourth of July holiday week traffic, someone broke a window in two different vehicles from New York and took several items of electronic equipment from inside, according to Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen.

  • WELLNESS WINNERS: Two chosen for personal training transformation

    The winners of the Personal Training Transformation Challenge have been announced, and the two selected from more than a dozen entries soon will begin a 12-week personal training session through the Twin County Wellness Center of Twin County Regional Healthcare.
    The winners were chosen in two separate categories: personal training and medical rehabilitation. Travis Haynes was chosen to receive the personal training challenge, and Treva Osborne was picked for the medical rehabilitation challenge.

  • Speed limits going down in parts of Galax

    Speed limits on various roads within the Galax city limits will be changing this month.
    The Galax Police Department has advised that the public keep an eye out for changing speeds on several roads.
    These changes were approved by Galax City Council after hearing a proposal from the Traffic Safety Committee. At council’s May 28 meeting, Police Chief Rick Clark presented several research findings that led to the idea for the reduced speeds.

  • Town saves $1.4M with refinancing

    HILLSVILLE ― Locking in a lower interest rate on a 2011 refinancing of water and sewer debt will result in Hillsville saving at least $400,000 and a potential $1 million in the future, the town manager says.
    Town officials, including a prior administration, originally considered the refinancing of $4.7 million of debt in 2011 to ease pressure on the water and sewer system finances.
    At the advice of a consultant, the town sought proposals and approved the refinancing with Carter Bank and Trust at a 3.84 percent interest rate, with the promise of saving $580,000.

  • State changes crash reporting policy

    RICHMOND — Citing tens of thousands of requests from parties involved in vehicle crashes, attorneys and insurance companies, the Virginia State Police announced July 2 it has turned over releasing all accident reports to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to a news release.
    A change made by the General Assembly has led to the DMV becoming the “sole source for distribution of FR300P accident reports completed by state law enforcement agencies in Virginia” through the DMV website, according to Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the state police.

  • Ohio man killed in U.S. 58 wreck

    HILLSVILLE — An Auburn Township, Ohio, man died in a head-on crash Sunday at 6 p.m. on U.S. 58, just east of the Snake Creek bridge.
    Virginia State Police identified the man as 62-year-old Mark C. Brostek, according to a report by Trooper Dean Horton.
    Both the Laurel Fork and Hillsville fire departments were called to the scene to help with extrication of patients from the GMC Sierra driven by Brostek and the other vehicle involved, a Ford Econoline van driven by James A. Martin, 43, of Columbus, Ohio.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/8/13

    Start collecting
    I see in the paper where Hillsville is going to do things to thrive. The first thing they need to do is collect the back taxes. That would be best thing for the welfare and good of the community. Get busy.

    That’s the system

  • Roads collapse after heavy rains

    UPDATE, JULY 7: After this story was published, more road collapses, flooding and rain-related damage occurred. Watch www.galaxgazette.com or visit our Facebook page for more photos and information on recent developments.

  • Hang up and drive

    Legislation providing for a massive infusion of new money for the commonwealth’s long-neglected, crumbling roads finally took effect July 1, essentially overhauling the way Virginia’s transportation system is funded.
    The clearest signal that the law took effect, however, wasn’t visible along any road; it was at the cash register, where consumers began shelling out a little more money.
    Gone is the state’s fixed, 17.5 cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline, which had lost more than half its value since being enacted in 1987.

  • A reminder: don’t forget to remember

     Over the years I have told several people that, as much as anything, I am in the scrapbooking business.

    Yeah, I work at a newspaper. The Gazette pays my bills, buys my groceries and fills my gas tank. In return, I go to a bunch of ballgames, write about them and take some photos.

    Seeing as how at one time or another I have lugged furniture, turned wrenches, wrestled cotton bales and waded through both pepper trash and sawdust for a living, that seems like a pretty decent deal on my part.