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Today's News

  • Signs point way to parkway safety

    A subtle change has occurred on the Blue Ridge Parkway that may help those in need get more timely lifesaving assistance.
    Twin County E911’s Allen Cox bolted in the last two road name signs on their post at the parkway’s intersection with Horizon Road in Grayson County on Tuesday afternoon.
    The vertical signs appear as white lettering on a brown background on the stop sign posts on 33 roads in Carroll and Grayson counties that connect with the parkway, said Jolena Young, Twin County E911 coordinator.

  • Historical society to tackle Allen house

    HILLSVILLE — The effort to preserve the Queen Anne-style J. Sidna Allen home could move under the umbrella of the Carroll County Historical Society.
    Shelby Inscore-Puckett, long active in the historical society and an organizer in the effort to save the Allen home in Fancy Gap, visited the board she used to serve on with a proposal Monday.
    She asked the museum’s board of directors to agree in principle to become a player in restoring the home of the 1912 courthouse shootout participant.

  • Arrest Reports 6/7/13

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

    • Damon Taylor, charged May 20 with revocation of suspended sentence, driving while license revoked. Taken to New River Valley Regional Jail. Held without bond.

    • Camille Garcia, charged May 21 with petit larceny (first offense). $1,000 unsecured bond.

    • Michael Brian Porter, charged May 21 with possession of marijuana (second offense) and drunk in public. Taken to regional jail until sober.

  • GHS revives classic musical 'Guys & Dolls'

    Students at Galax High School have been hard at work bringing their characters to life for the Performing Arts Department’s presentation of “Guys and Dolls,” a musical that first hit Broadway in 1950.
    Based stories and characters by Damon Runyon, the show follows gambler Nathan Detroit, who is responsible for the longest running floating craps game in New York.

  • Canning named Grayson teacher of the year

    INDEPENDENCE — Amy Canning, a seventh grade special education teacher at Independence Middle School, was named the Grayson County Teacher of the Year in special ceremonies held last month.
    A teacher of the year was selected from each of the eight schools in Grayson County, and Canning was selected for the top honor.
    Kevin Chalfant, superintendent of Grayson County schools, complimented Canning during his presentation: “She was born to be a teacher.”

  • Carroll IDA seeking bids for school upgrades

    HILLSVILLE — Doing as the Carroll supervisors requested in May, Carroll Industrial Development Authority members decided to seek construction bids on a mechanical system update at the high school.
    After a closed session at their Monday meeting, authority member Richard Sowers made a motion to seek bids for the effort to replace the aging heating and air conditioning system at Carroll County High School.
    The authority members approved the motion unanimously after a second from Clinton Willie.

  • State agency warns of Medicare scam

    A state agency is warning Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about recent complaints regarding suspicious telemarketing to beneficiaries in many regions of Virginia.
    Scam artists are pretending to be from Medicare and asking beneficiaries for their bank information in order to receive their new Medicare card and/or their Medicare benefits, according to a report from the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program

  • Stamp Out Hunger benefits local food banks

    On May 11, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers participated in the nation’s largest single day food drive to “Stamp Out Hunger” in America.
    On that day, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers collected food donations from the homes of generous donors in more than 10,000 United States Communities.
    Localities participated in the program as well, leaving boxes of canned food, peanut butter, cereals, pasta and rice by their mailboxes.

  • Fries to host 'Catch the Fun' fishing tournament

    The Town of Fries will host the “Catch the Fun Festival” fishing tournament on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the Fires Fire Department and the Fries Recreation Center.

    Pre-register at Fries Volunteer Fire Department, Fries Town Hall or the Fries Recreation Center

    Prizes will be awarded by length:

    • 1st — $100

    • 2nd — $50

  • Tide downs Gate City to reach soccer final four

    UPDATE: The VHSL has postponed all Group A and Group AA baseball, softball and soccer semifinals and finals due to inclement weather. Semifinals will now be played Saturday and the finals on Sunday. The Group A boys' and girls' soccer semifinals will now be at Salem High School (NOT the Civic Center complex), with the finals to be played at R.U.