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Today's News

  • Six injured in ambulance crash

    Police say that a Laurel Rescue Squad ambulance struck another vehicle at the Cranberry Road stoplight in Galax last Friday night, injuring six and heavily damaging the rescue squad vehicle.

    The Carroll Sheriff's Office received a call at 10:28 p.m. of a gunshot wound on Knob Hill Lane in the Laurel section, according to Chief Deputy Glenn Nester. Deputies responded and believe the gunshot was self-inflicted.

  • Yard sale find a piece of local family's history

     ELK CREEK — Being a postmaster in a small community like Elk Creek gave Tom Buchanan the opportunity to get to meet a lot of people.

    Buchanan served as postmaster of the Elk Creek Post Office for several years and later retired as the postmaster at the Independence Post Office.

    If you’ve every talked to Buchanan, it’s obvious that he’s never met a stranger.

    He enjoys attending yard sales and has his own sales space at a flea market in Galax.

  • Citizens say sewer solution still stinks

     HILLSVILLE — A chemical agent introduced into the Woodlawn sewer system may have increased the smells blanketing the neighborhood, one resident told the Carroll Public Service Authority on Oct. 12.

    Aquit has been added to the brand-new system at pump stations in an attempt to lessen a rotten egg odor coming out, PSA officials have reported, and Robin Whittington said at the regular October meeting that he can tell a difference.

    "What you put in there... I can smell it, so that's getting out of the system, too," he said.

  • Food stamp usage highest ever in Galax

     The number of households receiving food stamps has reached an all-time high in Galax, said Susan Clark, director of the city's Department of Social Services. 

    Galax joins other cities around the nation, which are also setting records. According to a report from Bloomberg, “the number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 41.8 million in July as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high,” setting a record.

    The report says that 43.3 million people will receive food stamps each month.

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     INDEPENDENCE — An Ennice, N.C., woman was sentenced to serve five years in prison after her probation was revoked in Grayson County Circuit Court.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