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Today's News

  • Grayson school budget short $172K

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2013-14 budget on March 11 with a more than $172,000 shortfall on the revenue side.
    Board members will hold a joint budget work session with county supervisors on March 18 to try and close the gap.
    The budget, with revenues totaling $20.7 million, includes a 3 percent raise for all staff and will likely be tweaked in the coming months as the board looks at replacing old vehicles and cost savings associated with an early retirement plan.

  • Carroll fatality's cause unknown

    Virginia State Police responded to a single-car accident that resulted in a fatality near the intersection of Virginia 94 and Byllesby Road in Carroll County on March 12, according to Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    The accident resulted in an injury and one fatality, Vaughan said.
    Driver Tammy Lyn Richardson was reportedly traveling south on Virginia 94 near the intersection of Byllesby when she suddenly ran off of the road. Her husband, Steven Lee Richardson, was a passenger.

  • Arrest Reports 3/15/13

    The Gazette lists names of those found guilty of crimes in its regular Court News feature. Our staff also tracks those listed in the Arrest Reports feature, and will report any suspects who are found not guilty or have their charges dismissed.

  • Family raising awareness of blood clot danger

    HILLSVILLE — Despite having some nagging pains, Jamie Lee Gravley, 22, soldiered on, continuing to put together his son’s toddler bed on June 19, 2012.
    Wife Melanie Gravley described it as a normal day for the young married couple that had set up their home in Mount Airy, N.C.
    Jamie Gravley, a former JROTC Cavalier Battalion cadet and 2009 Carroll County High School graduate, stayed upbeat and energetic right up until the end.

  • Crockett-Stark won't seek re-election

    Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) has announced  that she won’t run for re-election to the House of Delegates this fall, ending her legislative career after four terms.
    Crockett-Stark, 70, represents the 6th District, which covers Wythe and Carroll counties and part of Smyth County.
    Crockett-Stark, who is called “Annie B.” by friends and colleagues and known for her colorful personality, disclosed her decision in an email circulated on Wednesday.

  • Don't fall for loan modification scam, BBB warns

    Several consumers in Western Virginia have been contacted by loan modification companies offering services in direct violation of Federal Trade Commission regulations, according to an alert from the Better Business Bureau.
    While there are many reputable mortgage relief companies, these particular companies have requested advance fees and have violated several FTC rules.

  • Gravley leads all-SWD voting

    HILLSVILLE –– There’s no good reason anyone should question Ryan Gravley’s being chosen as the 2012-13 Southwest District player of the year. But should a dissenting opinion arise, the Carroll County senior can always reply that he had a better year than the kid who won it last year.

    Gravley, who also happens to be that kid who won it last year, was voted the district’s top player for the second year in a row, leading a list of six Twin County players and three coaches named to their respective boys’ or girls’ first teams.

  • Cav duo lead Region IV voting

    Carroll County’s Ryan Gravley and Brad Hawks headlined the 2012-13 all-Region IV boys’ basketball team with Gravley being named the player of the year and Hawks earning the Division 4 coach of the year award.

    Gravley led Carroll County in scoring, assists and free throw shooting as the Cavaliers won their second straight Southwest District championship and their first Region IV championship since 1979-80.

  • Tide makes most of last chance

    FLOYD –– A gloriously beautiful weekend gave way to a dreary, chilly Monday, but the nippy and overcast start to the new week provided something that was lacking under the warm blue skies of a day before.

    They’re playing baseball again.

    A young Galax took its time getting the bats going but finally strung together a rally in its final turn at bat, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to overcome Floyd County for a 3-1 nondistrict win in the season opener for both schools.

  • A New Cat Under the Hat

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The semi-circle of children gathered around Sarah Largen were at full attention as the Galax Public Library’s new youth services coordinator animatedly led them into the wacky world of Dr. Seuss.
    As the whimsical rhyming continued, several small gasps were heard from the audience. Small fingers pointed towards the door, where the Cat in the Hat stood, waving.