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Today's News

  • TCRH adjusts to challenges of healthcare industry

    By Twin County Regional Hospital Administration

  • Belton named Grayson chairman

    INDEPENDENCE – Kenneth Belton has been named chairman of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors following the passing of former Chairman Mike Maynard.
    Supervisors had previously left the position open in honor of Maynard, but County Administrator Jonathan Sweet pointed out during the board’s regular meeting this month that it was in the county’s best interest to fill the vacancy.

  • Life Center celebrates anniversary, expansion

    The staff of the Life Center of Galax opened the doors to friends and supporters last Thursday to celebrate 40 years of helping patients overcome substance abuse.
    The gathering served a dual purpose of acknowledging the facility’s anniversary and showing off its recent expansion.
    “This is truly a dream coming true today and, as most of you here know, it’s been 10 years in the making,” said Executive Director Tina Bullins at the start of the open house ceremony.

  • Area schools' SOL scores rise and fall

    While state education officials note that math scores as measured by the Standard of Learning tests have started rising again, those in reading, writing and science took a hit this year in Carroll County.
    Galax and Grayson County both saw similar results with their test scores this year, with higher scores in math, and dips in reading and writing tests.
    The Virginia Department of Education posted the pass rates for SOLs on Tuesday, but schools are waiting until late September for school accreditation and federal accountability results.

  • Arrest Reports 8/26/13

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

  • Natural gas rate adjusted

    HILLSVILLE — One component of the calculations that Carroll County uses to figure natural gas rates will rise by 16.7 percent, after a decision made by the supervisors this month.
    After recently building a service line to Mohawk through Hillsville and getting into the natural gas business, Carroll County officials first set the rates in the spring, acknowledging that the initial numbers might need further tweaking.
    “We need to change and modify those rates a little bit,” Supervisors Chairman David Hutchins said.

  • No charges in trooper wreck

    A Virginia state trooper who was involved in a rear-end collision that occurred on Elk Creek Parkway near Independence on Aug. 5, will not face traffic charges.
    First Sgt. Mike Musser said State Police Sgt. Scott Todd conducted the investigation and will charge Trooper Jessie Tilson administratively.

  • Library, newspaper working to preserve records

    A campaign to preserve decades of old area newspapers by converting them microfilm to digital format has been started by the Galax-Carroll Regional Library Foundation.
    The campaign, called “Save the History,” is geared towards preserving rolls of old newspapers on microfilm from the 1930s until 1982. The rolls contain thousands of old newspapers full of local history.
    There are 44 reels at the Galax library, which contain approximately 3,300 issues of the Gazette, according to John Nunn of Galax, who is heading the campaign.

  • Study: 1,000+ going hungry in Galax area

    According to the results of a new study from Feeding America, more than 1,000 Galax residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
    These findings are from Feeding America’s annual “Map the Meal Gap” study, which estimates the rate of food insecurity for both the general population, and children under age 18.
    According to the data, approximately 1,130 individuals in the Galax area — 16.2 percent of the city’s population — are at risk for hunger this year.

  • Security upgrades continue as classes resume in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – The first bells of the school year rang last week in Grayson County as students returning to the division were greeted by numerous improvements in security measures.
    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant provided the school board with an update on summer projects during the board’s regular meeting earlier this month, which included upgrades to the safety and security, technology and pay raises for faculty.