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Today's News

  • Arrest Reports 4/22/13

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

  • Charges pending in driveway sealing scam

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office advises that a white male and two white females, driving a white pickup and red dump truck have been approaching elderly citizens about paving driveways.
    According to police, the two women quote a price for the work to be completed and stay in the residence talking to the individual while the man completes the work. Upon completion of the work, they demand a higher payment saying that the price quoted was per foot of pavement and more was required than initially quoted.

  • Grayson to refinance $18M of school debt

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will seek permanent financing through the Virginia Public School Authority for debt associated with school construction, following a public hearing earlier this month.
    Supervisors heard no comments during the hearing, in which County Administrator Jonathan Sweet proposed the issuance of an estimated $18 million general obligation school bond.
    Sweet prefaced the public hearing by noting that the $18 million was borrowed for construction of Grayson Highlands School in the western part of the county and remodeling of Fries School.

  • Givens St. residents live with frequent floods

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    As the harsh winter weather gives way to the rains of spring, relief is being felt by most of the residents of the Twin Counties... but not everyone.
    Families who live in the low-lying “Bottom” area of Galax — Givens Street and its side streets  — still suffer every time the rain clouds roll in because the water doesn’t just wash away.

  • Beware of fraud emails from fake Boston charities

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reminds the public to be wary of possible fraudulent charitable solicitations since the Boston Marathon explosions.
    “Individuals need to be aware of emerging fraud online associated with the explosions and how to take necessary precautions when using email and social networking websites,” the department said.

  • GHS principal resigns

    Galax High School Principal Dr. Jody Ray has announced his resignation from the position.
    The school is advertising a job opening to fill the vacancy.
    Assistant Schools Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell told The Gazette that Ray has resigned from the position for personal reasons. “He was a nice and effective principal and we will miss him,” she said. “We wish him the best in the future, and we know that he will be very successful.”
    Ray has held the job as principal at the high school for two years.

  • A new heart for Samantha

    DURHAM, N.C. — “Bertha” and “Bobby” no longer have to be tethered to Samantha Riggs' side, after she pulled through transplant surgery with a brand new heart at Duke University Hospital.
    Riggs and family had nicknamed the ever-present and cumbersome medical monitoring equipment that were Samantha’s constant companions for months. They joked that it was high time Bertha and Bobby went off on their own.

  • FBI, border patrol join search for missing teen

     UPDATE 4/23/13 — Local authorities have pulled in the FBI and border patrols in their search for a missing 15-year-old teen.

    Family members of Desiree Travers believe that she ran away from home April 19 with 22-year-old Carlos Enrique Reyna, a Hispanic male.

  • Grayson supervisors counter school budget request

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors have approved a counter offer to the school board following a request of more than $600,000 in additional funding for education.
    The school board presented requests for both the current budget (2012-13) and next year’s budget (2013-14) for the supervisors to consider during a joint meeting held last month.

  • Three women plead guilty in stolen lottery tickets case

    HILLSVILLE — A 2009 case involving embezzlement of Lottery tickets from Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle moved closer to resolution with pleas from the three accused women on April 15.
    Amy Carrico Roberts of Galax, Holly Dawn Kelly Jennings of Fancy Gap and Carolyn Kaye Lane of Fancy Gap had each been brought up in two rounds of indictments in Carroll County Circuit Court in the incident, according to court records.
    (An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.)
    In the latest from June 2012, each woman faced charges of: