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Today's News

  • Board extends Sweet's contract indefinitely

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has extended County Administrator Jonathan Sweet’s employment agreement beyond the initial four-year term.
    The agreement was approved by a 3-2 vote during the supervisors meeting earlier this month, with the dissenting votes coming from supervisors John Brewer and David Sexton.
    No comments were made regarding their decision to vote against the agreement.

  • Ambulance driver charged in crash

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll Fire and Rescue driver received a ticket for failing to yield in a Sunday evening accident on U.S. 221, according to a report by a Hillsville police officer.
    The two-vehicle wreck occurred March 17 at about 8:30 p.m. on 221 at the entrance to the fire-rescue station, when ambulance driver Brian Schlabach, 29, attempted to turn onto the road with lights and sirens on while responding to an emergency call, according to a report by Officer Ricky Hayes.

  • Armed robbery suspects sought

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Department is seeking two suspects in an armed robbery at a Galax residence, in which prescription drugs and cas were stolen.

    According to a report from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Grayson County deputies responded to a call the afternoon of March 8 to 135 Mockingbird Lane in the Oldtown community to a possible armed robbery.

     

    The suspects had left the area prior to the deputies' arrival.

  • One fugitive caught, one still sought

     

  • Readers' Hotline 3/18/13

    Living in sin
    I saw in The Gazette that our lawmakers in Richmond have made another sin legal. It has always been illegal to live together if you were not married, even though a lot of our couples broke God’s and man’s law. Some unmarried couples that live together even attend church together. God will be their judge. Read your Bible. God’s law does not change.

    Big government

  • Bluegrass, conspiracy link a real stretch for Tea Party

    This column by Dan Casey originally was published in The Roanoke Times.

  • Medicare card replacement scam targets Va. seniors

    Numerous seniors have contacted the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia to report suspicious phone calls claiming to be from Medicare, according to a BBB alert issued last week.
    The consumers were told they needed to provide their banking information in order to replace expiring Medicare cards. The BBB is alerting seniors that this is a scam.

  • Airport terminal work to start soon

    HILLSVILLE — As increased traffic takes flight at Twin County Airport, officials at the facility expect to have a modern terminal to welcome pilots by the end of 2013.
    Tom Jones, chairman of the airport commission, stood in what is now the parking lot last Friday and pointed to a flag by the recently built commercial hangar.
    That flag marks the southern end of where the 4,000-square-foot terminal will go, taking up much of the asphalt area outside a low chainlink fence.

  • Board asks Carroll for more school funding

    HILLSVILLE — The increased revenue that county schools will request from the Carroll supervisors won’t even cover the new expenses coming from state and federal government mandates, the school board discussed at its March 14 meeting.
    And educators still don’t know what the impacts on federal programs that sequestration will have on Carroll schools.
    The changes to federal and state revenues that Superintendent Strader Blankenship discussed in his first budget presentation aren’t huge at this point.

  • Music trail chooses harmony over discord

    The Crooked Road has ended its effort to achieve National Heritage Area status, after Tea Party groups alleged that the move would put local land use decisions under federal control. The trail that includes the Twin Counties would have been eligible for federal grants to promote mountain music.