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Today's News

  • Carroll resident dies after crash in Dublin

    UPDATED 1/24/13:

    DUBLIN — An 84-year-old Hillsville woman has died after a Monday crash on Route 100 in Pulaski County, according to the Dublin Police Department.
    Police say that Velma Bowman Horton, driving a 2001 Buick, pulled into the path of a 1999 Dodge truck, driven by Charles Lucas of Radford. The accident happened at the intersection of Route 100 and Fourth Street at about 4:15 p.m. Monday.

  • Would arming teachers make children safer?

    This Landmark News Service editorial was published in its original format in The Virginian-Pilot. It has been edited for The Gazette.

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  • NC 89 curve improvement work underway

    The North Carolina Route 89 curve improvement project near North Carolina 18 between Low Gap and the Virginia state line is underway.
    The road will be reduced to one lane for most of the project, so motorists should be prepared for some delays depending on the traffic volume.
    Traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle that will lead motorists through the work zone between the flagging stations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said. Temporary traffic signals may be used at a later date if needed.

  • Pay raise top priority for Grayson teachers

    INDEPENDENCE – Salary increases are once again the top request from the Grayson County Education Association for the 2013-14 school year.
    GCEA President Arnold Hash presented the school board with his top priority for educators after surveying those working across the division earlier this month.
    Hash said although only 48 percent of the school system staff completed the survey, it gave him “valuable insight into what was important.”

  • Governor proposes $2M more for veteran programs

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell proposes to pump $2 million into programs that aid veterans.
    Among them are initiatives to help veterans find employment, provide home improvement grants to certain wounded vets and to increase funding to assist military survivors and dependents with education expenses.
    McDonnell has said his objective is “making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”

  • Tire theft charges dismissed

    INDEPENDENCE — A husband and wife arrested in connection with the alleged theft of four tires from Independence Tire have had their grand larceny charges dismissed.
    Ezra Allen Royal, 55, and Nellie Victoria Lisle Royal, 44, both of Galax, appeared in Grayson County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.
    The felony charges were dismissed after the judge found no evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

  • Training center report questioned

    RICHMOND — Virginia officials point to positive outcomes in transitioning intellectually and developmentally disabled people from training centers, as they seek to close four such facilities and shrink a fifth to 75 beds.
    The state faces resistance from parent groups that opposed the idea of moving residents from these facilities — like the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County — into community-based care.

  • Bill to keep training center open fails this year

    RICHMOND — A bill to spare the Southwestern Virginia Training Center from closing has been laid aside by the General Assembly, according to the legislation’s patron.
    Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) reported that House Bill 1669 has been tabled, apparently for the duration of this year’s legislative session.

  • Galax police investigate theft from local business

    Galax Police Officer A.M. Burnett is investigating a breaking and entering and larceny that occurred at Minks Auto Sales on Glendale Road on January 12.
    The department requests that those who have any information relevant to this investigation call 236-8101 or text "Galax" followed by any information to TIP411(847411)