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Today's News

  • Halloween Happenings

     

    GALAX

     

    There's a candy crisis — sweet treats are needed for the Galax Downtown Association's 6th Annual Halloween Monster Bash, to be held downtown on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

    Each year, the Halloween Monster Bash treats 3,000 to 4,000 children to a night of trick-or-treating and spooky activities. 

  • For first time, all Grayson school accredited

     INDEPENDENCE — For the first time in Virginia Standards of Learning history, all Grayson County schools are fully accredited.

    Director of Instruction Steve Cornett made the announcement during a Grayson County School Board meeting Oct. 11. Those in attendance applauded.

    Grayson accreditation status is based on 2009-10 SOL results. 

  • Grayson issues indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday on seven charges, including allegedly breaking into the home of Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

  • Bypass a road to riches for contractors

    HILLSVILLE — While business owners wonder what impact the U.S. 58 bypass will have on them in the future, a Branch Highways representative says the company has spent many dollars with local services and materials providers.

    Mike Higgins, Branch's vice president of operations, answered questions from The Gazette while in Hillsville for the bypass ribbon cutting recently.

  • Public record for 10/27/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 12-Aug. 3 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Turns two

    Trenton Newman, celebrated his second birthday Sept. 9 with a Barnyard Friends party at Sky View Church.

    He is the son of Josh and Kristy Newman of Galax and the grandson of Vince and Debra Goad of Hillsville, Jeff and Julie Bowers of Galax and Linnie Newman of Woodlawn. Great-grandparents are Elton and Anna Ruth Martin of Woodlawn, Lucky and Linda Goad of Laurel Fork, Lois Rippey of Galax, Kitty Bowers of Galax and Dylis and Faye Newman of Woodlawn. He has one great-great-grandmother, Mozelle Goad of Laurel Fork.

  • He's two

    Eli Watson turned two in July. He celebrated with an Elmo party and cookout at his home with family and friends.

    He is the son of Roger and Kristy Watson. His grandparents are Mike and Chloe Lineberry and E.R. and Janice Watson.

  • Bryants celebrate 60th anniversary

    Denny and Reva Bryant celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 16.
    A surprise party was given at their home by the family.

    They have three children — Denny Ray, Donald Bryant and Darlene Hernandez; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
    Denny Bryant enjoys farming writing songs and playing old-time bluegrass guitar. Reva Bryant loves to grow prize roses, bird watching and caring for her poodle, “Buddy.”
    They are members of Hebron Church of Christ.

  • Deer blamed for fatal crash

     HILLSVILLE — A motorcyclist who encountered deer on U.S. 52 in Hillsville crashed Saturday while trying to avoid them.

    Injuries that resulted led to the death of the passenger on the motorcycle, identified as Kimberly Wang, 47, of Virginia Beach, according to information from the Hillsville Police Department.

    The wreck occurred at around 6 p.m. when a 2005 Harley Davidson, operated by Howard Rolzmacher, 57, also of Virginia Beach, headed northbound on 52, came across the deer near the town limits.

  • Updated - Missing man found in Laurel Fork

     HILLSVILLE — The search for the missing Laurel Fork man ended today at noon, when he approached a house in eastern Carroll County, authorities say.Tom Funderburke of Misty Pine Lane walked up to a home on Little Valley Road just before noon, ending a search that covered parts of Carroll and Patrick counties for two days.
    Laurel Fork Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene to check out Funderburke's condition.