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Today's News

  • Walls running for Grayson School Board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Brian Walls of Mouth of Wilson has announced his candidacy for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    In a news release, Walls said, “I have seen how our children have been left out of so many opportunities, and it breaks my heart to see our children’s future in jeopardy. I am running to be a voice for the people of the Wilson District.

  • DEQ: high zinc level not harmful to New River

    ABINGDON  — New River water quality will not create any health problems for Southwest Virginia residents, despite a high level of zinc being swept by heavy rains into a tributary in Austinville from mining waste, a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality supervisor tells The Gazette.

  • Bear breaks into home in Elk Creek

    ELK CREEK – It’s frightening enough to see a bear in your yard, but downright scary when it comes into your house.
    That’s what happened on July 29 at the home of Tim and Marcia Sutherland, who live at 692 Caty Sage Road in Elk Creek.
    Sutherland, who works at the East Independence branch office of Grayson National Bank, has been popular lately as people asked about her bear.

  • Whittington convicted of drug charges

     

  • Galax's high jobless rate misleading

    Temporary factors such as holiday furloughs at factories and poor weather conditions led to a resulted in Galax having the highest jobless rate in the state for July.
    Galax outranked Martinsville for the top spot, a locality known for having the state’s highest unemployment rates, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
    The city saw an unemployment rate of 16.2 percent in July, when the jobless community doubled to 551. This number is nearly double the previous year’s rate of 8.8 percent.

  • Pastor's studies focus on spiritual healing

    The Rev. Dr. Helen Beasley of the Episcopal/Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Galax recently received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
    With five years of difficult class work behind her, Beasley said she is excited to utilize what she learned to usher in a new level of spiritual healing within her church.
    Beasley was one of 17 graduates in this summer’s commencement ceremony, the highest number of students to graduate from the program at one time, according to the seminary’s newsletter.

  • Three Carroll men charged with race-related assault

    HILLSVILLE — Alleged ongoing harassment led to charges of race-related assault being placed against three Carroll County men after an Aug. 30 incident, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies first became aware of a disturbance at approximately 11 p.m., when a Training Center Road resident called 911 and spoke to sheriff’s office dispatcher Neil Anderson, a Carroll Sheriff’s Office news release says.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/2/13

    Radar blues
    I’m calling about “hiding in the bushes.” Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, they used to have a record out that was called “Radar Blues for the Truckers.” It said they were sitting back in the trees in twos or threes waiting for the truckers to come to give them a ticket. Now, they are hiding in the bushes in twos and threes waiting for the lead foots to come on by in the 25 and 35 mph zone in Galax so they can give them a ticket. So, we will all just have to be satisfied.

  • Aging population deserves better

    It wasn’t a terribly long time ago when the senior citizens of our community were held in the highest regard.
    But in today’s world, it seems like their place in society has steadily fallen to an alarmingly low priority when it comes to government funding. The cuts to District Three’s programs for the aging are a clear example.
    Beginning in October, the organization will see a $100,000 drop in support for these programs, making this the third year in a row where it has had to cut corners in these same areas.

  • Speed limit petition quickly gains signatures

    Galax citizens are working together to express their frustrations over the recent change in speed limits throughout the city.
    Posts about an online petition have been circling on social media. The petition asks the city to reverse the speed limit changes on portions of U.S. 58 that were recently lowered to 35 mph from 45 mph. Other streets in the city, like West Stuart Drive, were lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.
    The petition was created last Wednesday, and by Friday afternoon it had already reached 156 signatures.