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Today's News

  • McGowan, Butler to wed

    Michael and Betty Butler announced the engagement of their son, James Michael, to Hannah Elaine McGowan of Johnson City, Tenn.  
    McGowan is the daughter of Jim and Kathryn McGowan. 

    She is the granddaughter of the late George and Gladys Copp and the late Albert McGowan and the late Freida McGowan Martin.
    She is a graduate of Greeneville High School and East Tennessee State University.
    Butler is the grandson of J.D. and Jackie Butler and Alma Wooten and the late Carl Wooten. He is a graduate of Grayson County High School.

  • Dolingers to celebrate anniversary

    Wilton and Delores Dolinger will celebrate their 60th anniversary with a reception Aug. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the VFW building, Klondike Road, Independence.

    They have two children, Wilton Curtis Dolinger of Marion and Jennifer Dolinger Snow of Independence.
    They have two grandchildren, Wilton Curtis Dolinger III, of Arlington, Va., and Heather R. Dolinger of Fredricksburg, Va.
    The couple requests no gifts.

  • Public record for 8/21/13 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 18-July 1 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 8/21/13

    Kids first
    Regarding resource officers, I think the school board needs to look at what its priorities are — putting resources at our school to look after our kids or taking it to buy the superintendent a new vehicle. I don’t think the school board is looking at priorities. They should be looking at the kids first. If they are not, we are in the wrong business.

    Do it yourself

  • Arrest Reports 8/21/13

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

  • Democrats pick Haga to run for treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE ― Robert “Kelly” Haga has been declared the Democratic Party’s candidate for the office of treasurer for Grayson County.
    There are several contenders for the office that will be left vacant by Junior Young, who will not seek re-election as treasurer. Haga will run against Republican Paula Carrico and independent candidates George R. “Dicky” Whitaker, Stephanie Brewer and Raymond L. “Pete” Hall Jr.

  • Wheatley sentenced in deputy shooting

    INDEPENDENCE — The man found guilty of shooting Grayson County Deputy Doug Waller in an incident that occurred in June 2012 will serve a total of 11 years in prison, after he was sentenced last Thursday in Grayson County circuit court.
    Gary Frank Wheatley, 45, of 3016 Skyline Highway in the Fairview community, was found guilty on 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 in his trial in May.

  • Pulaski man found guilty of manslaughter

    PULASKI — A Max Meadows man entered a no contest plea in Pulaski County Circuit Court last Friday, in connection with a Virginia 100 crash last September that killed a 26-year-old Hillsville woman.
    Dustin Keith Hodge, 24, was charged with involuntary manslaughter by direct indictment last November, two months after the Sept. 15, 2012, accident that killed Misty Dawn Davis, according to police reports and court records.

  • Carroll County Fair Gallery

    Scenes from the Carroll County Agricultural Fair, held Aug. 21-26 at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market in Hillsville. For more information: carrollcountyvafair.org

  • Chaplain chosen, ministry forms at River North prison

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility is anticipated to provide a significant boost to local businesses and increase employment in Independence and Grayson County when it opens this fall, but another significant way it has already impacted the county is by unifying many area churches and religious groups with a common goal of ministering to inmates.