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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Arrest Reports 5/17/13

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

  • VDOT paves way for road work

    HILLSVILLE — The new state transportation funding model has paved the way for two Carroll roads to be added to the secondary six year plan to receive improvements, the county supervisors learned at their Monday meeting.
    The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Dan Huff shared the news that changes made to construction funding during this year’s legislative session generated just $15,000 to improve unpaved roads in 2013, but that amount will continue increasing over time.

  • Company still looking at Wildwood

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Last year, the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) requested help from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to attract a potential business to Wildwood Commerce Park.
    The tobacco commission had offered BRCEDA a $6 million grant to help with the development of Wildwood, contingent upon the unnamed prospect agreeing to locate in the commerce park, located at the Exit 19 intersection of Interstate 77 and Virginia 620 in Carroll County.

  • Student fees rise and fall in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — School meal prices will rise again, even as some student fees get lower or go away entirely, the Carroll County School Board discussed at its Tuesday meeting.
    “We have new guidance on these so they were looked at extremely carefully this year,” explained Tammy Quesenberry, school finances director. “A couple of the fees were removed, and we reduced a few of those. The fees for core subject areas such as PE and English were removed entirely and we reduced art and electronics.”

  • Cancer exercise specialist offers classes

    Beginning on May 21, the Galax Recreation Center is offering a new exercise program designed to improve the health of current and former breast cancer patients.
    Leading the class is cancer exercise specialist Renee Stoneman, a fitness guru who is dedicated to improving and maintaining cancer patients’ health.

  • Carroll wrecks result in injuries

    Virginia State Police troopers investigated three wrecks with injuries in Carroll County from May 12 and 13.
    The first happened last Sunday at 10 a.m. on Timberline Road at the intersection with Virginia 885, according to a report by Trooper R.B. Phipps.
    Ashley Nicole Moretz, 22, of Galax, driving a 2003 Dodge Neon, was exceeding the posted speed limit at the time, police said.
    A 1994 Buick Regal, driven by Margie Sizemore, 82, of Galax, attempted to pull out of 885 when it was struck by the Neon.
    Phipps charged Moretz with reckless driving.

  • Drug bust snares meth and crack, guns and cash

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County authorities and Drug Enforcement Administration agents continue an investigation that has so far yielded a large quantity of methamphetamine, cocaine and crack cocaine, as well as guns and cash, according to information from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Total value of the drugs seized tops $111,000.

  • Maroon Tide girls win two; Galax soccer now 15-0

    Galax scored nine of its 10 runs in the third and fourth innings and cruised to a 10-1 win over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District game Wednesday at Mountain View Park.

    Leading 1-0 entering the bottom of the third, the Maroon Tide used a two-run Taylor Ashworth home run to highlight a four-run outburst.

    Galax (6-11 overall, 5-3 district) added five runs in the fourth, doing all the damage with two outs. Ashworth and Morgan Neff each had an RBI double in the big inning.