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Today's News

  • 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:

  • Natural gas rates set in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — In a surge of activity on natural gas, Carroll officials continued to build up to the creation of a local utility service at their April 8 meeting.
    With the expected completion of a connection to the Patriot pipeline this month, county officials held a public hearing and get natural gas rates, as well as scheduled a separate business and safety meeting for April 25.

  • Grimes pleads guilty in death of Grayson man

    INDEPENDENCE — A 60-year-old Fries man will spend four years in the Virginia Department of Corrections after his arrest on charges related to the March 22, 2012, death of an unattended person.
    Donald S. Grimes faced multiple charges in Grayson County Circuit Court after investigators responded to 70 Springwood Lane in the Carsonville community and found Gary R. Vaughan, 57, deceased in his residence.

  • Larrowe plants seeds of hope around globe

    Virginia Tech article, reprinted with permission
    BLACKSBURG — International agriculture education may be a tool for national security, according to research by Austin Larrowe of Woodlawn, a junior at Virginia Tech.
    Larrowe is one of 72 students representing 66 U.S. colleges and universities and selected by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress to be part of the Presidential Fellows program for 2012-13.
    Each student has worked on an individual research project throughout the year and will turn in their completed paper in May.

  • Police to take back prescription drugs

    On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Galax Police Department will join with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
    In Grayson, citizens should bring medications for disposal to their local fire and rescue department.