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Today's News

  • Probation revoked after assault

     INDEPENDENCE — An Ennice, N.C., woman was sentenced to serve five years in prison after her probation was revoked in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Elizabeth Renea Pack, 33, was convicted Nov. 10, 2006 of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and uttering a forged check on Sept. 21, 2007. 

    She was sentenced to serve consecutive terms of two years and six months in prison on each of the two charges. The prison sentences were suspended and she was put on probation for five years.

  • Blair to serve 16 years for sex abuse

     INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was sentenced to 50 years in prison in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 8 for sexual abuse charges.

    Patrick Wayne Blair, 22, was convicted on four counts of carnal knowledge, two counts of consensual sodomy and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor at a trial held July 2.

    Blair already had been sentenced to serve jail time on a breaking and entering charge, according to prosecutors, and sexually abused two young females before reporting to jail.

  • The Open Road

     HILLSVILLE — After a ribbon cutting — and moving the orange barrels lining the construction area — Virginia Department of Transportation officially added about 1.5 miles of four-lane highway to its system in Carroll County last Wednesday.

    Transportation officials joined with local representatives to celebrate the opening of the U.S. 58 bypass to U.S. 52 with a ribbon cutting and a short ride on the completed section.

  • Carroll County blanks Scarlet Hurricane 39-0

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County didn’t allow an offensive touchdown for the third time in the last four games and the Cavaliers exploded for 25 second-half points, rolling over Marion for a 39-0 homecoming win in a Southwest District game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Carroll County (5-2 overall, 3-0 district) held the Scarlet Hurricane (3-4, 1-3) to 42 yards of total offense, including one yard on 14 first-half plays. 

  • Fort powers to 20-16 win

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax gave itself a chance to win. Considering recent history has afforded the Maroon Tide no such opportunity in a game as big as this, that’s about all anyone could ask for.

  • ELECTION LETTERS NOTICE — UPDATE

     Election Letters Notice

    The Gazette accepted letters to the editor concerning the Nov. 2 election until noon on Oct. 21, for publication in the Oct. 25 newspaper. No more campaign-related letters will be accepted.

    Rebuttal letters ONLY will be accepted until noon on Oct. 28, for publication in the Nov. 1 newspaper.

  • Woodlawn granted accreditation appeal

     WOODLAWN — Teachers knew the announcement must have been momentous when Woodlawn Principal Jerry King came across the intercom system in the middle of class.

    But instead of a "what's wrong" message, King couldn't wait to share what had gone right.

    The Department of Education had granted Woodlawn School's appeal on the No Child Left Behind results, which said the school didn't make the required adequate yearly progress. 

  • No Social Security increase in 2011

    Monthly benefits for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income for more than 58 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2011, the Social Security Administration announced Friday.

    The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in benefits if there is an increase in the Consumer Price Index for wage earners from the third quarter of the last year that a cost-of-living adjustment was determined, to the third quarter of the current year.

  • Armstrong to seek electric rate regulation

    RICHMOND — After several months of study by an informal working group that he created, Del. Ward Armstrong remains convinced that Virginia should scrap its 3-year-old law that partially regulates the state’s electric utilities.

    Armstrong, whose House district includes a portion of Carroll County, believes the law needs to be strengthened.

  • ALERT: Expect traffic delays during 5K run

    FROM THE GALAX POLICE DEPARTMENT:

    The Galax Autumn Days 5K run will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m.

    Traffic will be blocked at U.S. 58 and the New River Trail intersection, as well as Grayson Street and the Meadow Street (Truck Route) intersection. 

    Eastbound traffic may detour by traveling Main Street to Meadow Street (Truck Route) and turning back north on Meadow.

    Westbound traffic may detour by traveling Meadow Street to Main Street and turning north on Main.