Today's News

  • City defends reduction in speed limits

    In light of community backlash against the recent introduction and enforcement of new speed limits in Galax, city officials are publicly standing by the changes.
    City Manager Keith Barker explained the reasons behind the decision to alter several speed limits in the area, including a reduced speed from 45 to 35 mph to the East Stuart Drive stretch and a reduction from 35 to 25 mph on West Stuart Drive.

  • Hookah bar headed to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Hookah Hook-up owner Ayman Anwar’s vision for his second Main Street business isn’t hazy at all — he says it’s all about the atmosphere.
    The idea to open the smoking lounge next door to his Italian restaurant, Juliano’s, is unique in the Twin Counties, he said. But, he believes a unique attraction is something the town could benefit from.

  • VDOT reveals plans for interstates 77 and 81

    The Virginia Department of Transportation has some new additions and plans for long-term improvements for interstates 77 and 81 in Southwest Virginia.
    A traffic pattern change on I-81 at Exit 81 at Fort Chiswell will increase the amount of traffic that can access Interstate 77 southbound toward North Carolina.
    Motorists now have the option to use the middle lane of I-81 northbound to exit onto I-77 south or to stay on I-81 north.
    Prior to the change, only the right lane provided access to I-77 and the middle lane continued north on I-81.

  • Leath, Bond announce engagement

    Lora Leath and Greg Bond recently announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    Leath is the daughter of Ray and the late Mary Leonard of Galax. She is a graduate of Galax High School and employed at Southwest Virginia Home Health Care.
    Bond is the son of Don and Barbara Bond of Galax. He is a graduate of Carroll County High School and is self-employed.
    A wedding is planned for 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 at First Christian Church in Galax. A reception will follow at the Galax Country Club. Family and friends are invited.

  • Turns 90

    Mary Ellen Landreth of Fries celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at her home Aug. 17. The party was hosted by her children and grandchildren. She was born Aug. 15, 1923.

  • Bunn, Boyer engagement announced

    Johnny and Constance Bunn of Galax announced the engagement of their daughter, Natalie-Tess Amber Bunn, to Adam Seth Boyer, son of Phillip and Starlena Boyer of Independence.

    The future bride graduated from Wytheville Community College with an associate degree in nursing and is employed at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax.
    The future groom graduated from Wytheville Community College with a certificate in electrical and alternative energy. He is employed at Royal Mouldings in Marion.
    A rustic country wedding is planned for Aug. l6, 2014.

  • Public record for 9/4/13 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.

    Circuit Court

    These land transfers were recorded July 2-24 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 9/4/13

    Is it fair?
    In regard to the trooper rear-ending a citizen’s car, if I rear-end someone it is an automatic ticket. However, when the trooper rear-ends someone, there are no charges filed. Is this fair?

    Youth in contrast

  • Arrest Reports 9/4/13

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

  • Walls running for Grayson School Board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Brian Walls of Mouth of Wilson has announced his candidacy for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    In a news release, Walls said, “I have seen how our children have been left out of so many opportunities, and it breaks my heart to see our children’s future in jeopardy. I am running to be a voice for the people of the Wilson District.