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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 5/20/13

    Incredibly silly
    This is in response to the lady that wanted the Town of Hillsville to put an ordinance against jake brakes for truck drivers. We really don’t have many truck drivers in town unless there is a tragedy on Interstate 77. You know there are so many things in this world that we could all be worried about and that just seems incredibly silly to me. I wish all drivers — independent, company drivers — would stop just for one week. They would be begging to hear a truck driver’s jake brake. Thank you for the Hotline.

  • Grayson County balances budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County has managed to close the deficit in next year’s budget without a tax increase, dipping into its reserve account or affecting any core services.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the board’s two favorite words last week when he told supervisors there was a “balanced budget.”
    Though the supervisors began budget talks facing a potential $1.4 million shortfall between requested expenditures and projected revenues, the county staff able to close that gap.

  • What's the buzz on cicadas?

    BLACKSBURG — While certain areas of Virginia are abuzz with the sound of cicadas, the Twin Counties will stay relatively quiet on that front.
    The arrival of the 17-year wave of the noisy and colorful cicadas — different than the annual summer brood of insects — has been much dreaded, but Virginia Tech Entomologist Eric Day says that Twin County residents shouldn’t have to stuff too much cotton in their ears to block the buzzing.

  • VDOT gets $6 million for I-77 signs

    SALEM — The Commonwealth Transportation Board has found funding for safety improvements on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, including additional condition sensors and a variable speed limit system.
    These measures were already planned, but unfunded, when nearly 100 cars were involved in a massive Easter Sunday crash that killed three and injured dozens more on the foggy stretch of highway in Carroll.

  • Arrest Reports 5/20/13

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

  • DISTRICT TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES

     MED BASEBALL

    Monday

    Narrows 6, Graham 4

    Tuesday

    Fort Chiswell 10, Bland County 8

    Wednesday

    Semifinals at Felts Park

    Grayson County 3, Fort Chiswell 0, suspended 2nd inning, rain

    Galax vs. Narrows, ppd

    Thursday

    Semifinals at Felts Park

    Grayson County vs. Fort Chiswell conclusion, 2:30

    Galax vs. Narrows, following first semi

    Championship at Felts Park

  • Galax finishes strong, slugs four HRs in win over Wave

    NARROWS –– Galax won its third straight outing, unloading for four home runs and 14 base hits in a 14-5 Mountain Empire District softball win Thursday over Narrows.

    Taylor Ashworth started the power surge for the Maroon Tide (7-11) with a two-run shot in the top of the first. Taylor Cummings and Holly Cassell each smacked a solo homer in the top of the third, and Cassell added a grand slam in the fourth inning as Galax took a 9-1 lead.

  • Falcons quiet Cavs for title

    HILLSVILLE –– Three weeks ago, scoring a pair of runs was enough for Carroll County to hand Abingdon its only Southwest District baseball loss of the season. In the rematch, two wouldn’t do.

    Cody Hahn slammed the door shut on the Cavaliers with the Falcon’s holding a 3-2 lead, and Abingdon pulled away to a 5-2 win, clinching the SWD season title Friday at Bill Worrell Field.

    Carroll County could have forced a playoff for the season championship with a win, but will have to settle for the No. 2 spot in this week’s SWD tournament.

  • Buckle up before you start car

    Taking two seconds to strap on a seat belt indisputably saves lives.
    Yet researchers from a Virginia university found that more than a fifth of drivers still refuse to make that life-saving click.
    Fortunately, the research can help guide law enforcement and education efforts to persuade more people to buckle up.
    Researchers at Old Dominion University used a low-tech method to capture data. They stood at the side of roads throughout the state, clad in orange vests, clipboards in hand to eyeball passing drivers, making note of who was wearing a seat belt.

  • Wheatley found guilty in deputy shooting

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and PATRICK SMITH, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County man was found guilty of three charges in Grayson Circuit Court on May 17 in connection with the shooting of Deputy Sheriff Doug Waller in June 2012.
    Gary Frank Wheatley, 45, was found guilty of one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated malicious wounding and one count of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.