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Today's News

  • Leaf & String adds wine to festival mix

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    The City of Galax has granted a request from the Galax Downtown Association to allow alcohol sales during the annual Leaf & String Festival in June.
    Ray Kohl spoke on behalf of the GDA at a recent Galax City Council meeting, detailing other changes to the festival focused on local music, art and literature. “We are trying to make Leaf & String more of a local event that highlights things that happen in our area,” he explained.

  • Arrest Reports 5/29/13

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

    Herbert Early Brown III, arrested May 15 and charged with possession of Schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance. Taken to New River Valley Regional Jail. Held without bond.

    Jason Lee Hill, arrested May 14 on revocation of suspended sentence. Taken to regional jail.

    Jerry Wayne Evans Jr., capias for failure to appear in court, served May 15 by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

  • GHS seniors leave their mark

    As Galax High School’s senior class prepares to graduate on May 31, some members of the Class of 2013 are leaving their mark on their alma mater.
    Ali Reyna’s idea was to leave a literal mark, in the form of a mural of fellow seniors’ handprints.
    “I wanted to leave a legacy for our senior class: an artwork to continue over the years,” he said.
    After brainstorming several ideas, he came up with the concept of using a wall inside the school for seniors to leave their handprints before they graduate.

  • Public record for 5/29/13 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Florida man wanted for assault

    HILLSVILLE — A Florida man is wanted in connection with the assault of a Hillsville man.
    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for Justin Baldwin, 33, of Hollywood, Fla.
    He is charged with the malicious wounding of Dusty Dale Pickett, 53, who police say was assaulted at 612 Sylvatus Highway in Hillsville on May 23.
    Investigator Donnie Spangler of the sheriff’s office reported that Pickett confronted some people in a neighbor’s yard to see why they were there, and one of them hit Pickett, fracturing his face.

  • Blue Devils roll to tournament title

    Grayson County’s seniors graduated Friday night. They commenced to win a district tournament Saturday morning.

    Led by a 3-for-4, three-RBI day from (very) recent graduate Lucas Rudy, the Blue Devils held off Galax 6-1 and claimed the Mountain Empire District baseball tournament title after an 11 a.m. start at Felts Park. The championship matches the season crown won by Grayson, which improved to 16-5 with the win. Season runner-up Galax dropped to 12-10 with the loss.

  • Maroon Tide wins another in the 7th

    Galax won for the fourth time this season against Narrows, for the second time in four days, and for the third time by two runs or less.

    This one was by far the most dramatic.

    With the season on the line and trailing 10-5 in the bottom of the seventh, the Maroon Tide scored six times to rally for the Region C Division 1 quarterfinal win Monday at Felts Park.

  • Durnil, Cavs finish off Bassett

    HILLSVILLE –– After rapping three hits, including a grand slam, and facing two batters more than the minimum after a shaky first inning, Carroll County pitcher Eden Durnil didn’t get to finish off Bassett.

    But Durnil the shortstop did.

    Just having been relieved by Gracie Davidson after the Bengals put three seventh-inning runs on the board, Durnil triggered a 6-4-3 double play on Davidson’s only pitch of the game as the Cavaliers held on for the 12-7 win in the Region IV play-in game Monday at CCHS.

  • Subdivision ordinance changes proposed

    HILLSVILLE — Two citizens shared their property rights issues about Carroll County’s subdivision ordinance at the May 13 meeting, as the board of supervisors considered adopting several changes.
    Planning Commission members have proposed several modifications to the regulations meant to control growth, explained Ronald Newman, Carroll’s planning official.
    The additions to the subdivision ordinance included:

    • adding language to define commercial lots, flag lots, flag pole and industrial lot.

  • Tow truck driver struck, killed on I-77

    FANCY GAP — A historically dangerous stretch of Interstate 77 in Carroll County claimed another life over Memorial Day weekend, a man who was often called on to rescue victims and their wrecked vehicles on the deadly road.

    Tow truck operator Russell Nelson, 75, owner of Russell’s Garage in Hillsville, was struck by a car and killed on May 25, while on a call on I-77. He had been in the towing business for more than 30 years, coworkers said.