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Today's News

  • Absentee voting for primaries ends June 8

    Virginia voters eligible to vote absentee for the upcoming primary elections may cast their absentee ballot in person at general registrar offices Saturday.
    Voters must meet one of 17 eligibility requirements to vote absentee. See details at www.sbe.virginia.gov.
    For voters interested in voting absentee by mail, applications are available online at the State Board of Elections website or at local voter registration offices.
    Voters requesting to vote absentee by mail must submit an application to the local registrar’s office by 5 p.m. June 4.

  • CONTEST: Personal Training Transformation Challenge

    Twin County Wellness Center has partnered with The Gazette to offer 2 people each a free, 12-week personal training session!

  • Roanoke Times sold to BH Media Group

    Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of The Gazette, announced that it sold The Roanoke Times to Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group on May 31.
    The sale has no effect on operations of the locally-produced Landmark newspapers, The Gazette and The Declaration. The two local newspapers will continue to be printed at The Roanoke Times’ plant, as they have since 2005.
    The Gazette and The Declaration will continue to be operated by Landmark Community Newspapers.

  • Move over to protect those who protect us

    The death of a local tow truck operator on Interstate 77 is a stark reminder that Virginia's "Move Over" law also applies to these first responders, just as it does to police, fire and rescue workers assisting motorists on our highways.
    In fact, Virginia State Police issued a reminder alert about the Move Over law just two days before Russell Nelson of Hillsville was struck by a vehicle and killed over the Memorial Day weekend.

  • Project Linus 'Blanket Day' is Saturday

    In January, Vatress Williams of Woodlawn handed the Carroll Chapter of Project Linus over to Sarah Melton of Independence.

    Williams had served Project Linus for about five years and got the chapter to supply 4,030 blankets to children in the area.

  • Arrest Reports 5/31/13

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

  • Fatality leads to criminal investigation

    FANCY GAP — Carroll County authorities have launched a criminal investigation of a fatality on Interstate 77 that claimed the life of a local tow truck driver over Memorial Day weekend.
    Russell Nelson, 75, owner of Russell’s Garage in Hillsville, was struck by a car and killed on May 25, while answering a call on I-77.
    He had been in the towing business for more than 30 years, coworkers said, often responding to help others on the historically dangerous stretch of highway.

  • George investigation continues

    Investigators on Wednesday were still awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death for a missing woman whose body was found near Fries on May 22.
    The body of Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, was found in a creek alongside secluded Brush Creek Road in Grayson County, after a youth cutting weeds there found her cell phone and alerted police.
    The mother of four had been missing since April 15.

  • POW/MIA section of memorial dedicated

    For veterans, the “Empty Chair” at their meetings, draped in a black POW/MIA flag or banner, is a symbol of brothers and sisters in arms who are still listed as missing in action or held as prisoners of war.
    On Memorial Day, local veterans gathered to dedicate a permanent “Empty Chair” monument to remind the community of the sacrifices of their comrades.

  • Eight reach state track and field meets

    Galax advanced four athletes to the Group A state track and field championships, Grayson County will send three girls in four events and Carroll County had one girl reach the Group AA event after their respective region meets this past weekend.

    At Radford University Saturday, Darian Brown, Chandler Quesenberry, Megan Boyles and Jamie Mohr all placed in the top six of their respective events for the Maroon Tide while the Blue Devils saw Emma Wyatt, Mary Beth Cunningham and Olivia Wyatt score top-six finishes to earn a trip to the state meet this weekend, also at Radford.