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Today's News

  • 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:

  • 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.