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Today's News

  • Students' safety trumps convenience

    If you’re polite enough to hold the door at the front of a Carroll County Public School facility, then you’re kind of missing the point.
    The most important issue at the schools is safety, not Miss Manners-approved behavior.
    While it may chaff one’s sensibilities, it is not a good idea to help someone else circumvent the security measures at schools.
    People will have to get used to these brand new security measures at Carroll schools, which means resisting the urge to assist others.

  • Linville gets 5 years for rape of minor

    HILLSVILLE — A former Galax business owner will serve five years in prison after being convicted in June of raping a 12-year-old.
    A jury in Carroll County Circuit Court had found Jimmy Ray Linville, 52, guilty in a two-day trail in March.
    Galax police charged Linville after receiving a report from the female minor and her family.

  • Tickets for texting a tough call for police

    It’s easy to conceive of a worst-case scenario incident involving a texting motorist on the winding roads of the Twin Counties.
    Imagine you’re a driver following the recommended safe speed northbound on curvy U.S. 52 near the gravel quarry in Poplar Camp.
    While you’re acting like a responsible driver, a Mustang zooms up from behind and rides your bumper.

  • PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE: Training makes a difference for Haynes

    Two winners were chosen to transform themselves through personal training. The Gazette is following their progress. This is the first report since Travis Haynes and Treva Osborne began their journeys.

  • Rosenbaum seeks Wilson District seat in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — “We The People Want Change” is the slogan that has been adopted by Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum, Republican candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    Rosenbaum is in a three-way race for the seat left vacant after Mike Maynard passed away on June 28. Other candidates include Democrat Kate Irwin and independent Arnold Peters.
    The general election is Nov. 5.

  • Schools strengthen security measures

    HILLSVILLE — New security protocols at all Carroll County Public Schools will greet visitors when the fall term starts up next week.
    It’s something that students won’t run into much — unless they’re late for school — but parents and other visitors will have to be buzzed in to the facilities at the front doors.
    Several elements have come together to make for more secure Carroll schools, including administrative office improvements that put the staff in a better position  to monitor the front entrances.

  • Wrestling team on the ropes in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A fan of Carroll County High School wrestling went to the mat for the team before the school board at its July meeting.
    In the midst of a realignment of grades at the high school and continuing upgrades on the heating and air conditioning system, the wrestling team has been moved out of its home of about 37 years, a heavily padded room on the second level near the gym that also had mechanical equipment in it.

  • Hall enters treasurer race in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Raymond L. “Pete” Hall Jr. of Independence has announced his candidacy for treasurer of 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. Hall will run as an independent against Republican Paula Carrico, fellow independents George R. “Dicky” Whitaker and Stephanie Brewer and Democrat Kelly Haga, who was chosen at a caucus meeting on Tuesday.

  • Galax Fiddlers' Convention 2013 Slideshow

     

    Check out an ever-growing gallery of photos from the 2013 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention by clicking this LINK.

    More photos will be added later this week and over the weekend.

    Enjoy!

  • Taylor, MacInnis to marry

    Ronnie and Karen Taylor of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, April Nicole Taylor, to Ian David MacInnis, son of Brian and Kim MacInnis of Christiansburg.

    Taylor is a graduate of Radford University and is employed by Brown, Edwards & Co. CPAs.
    MacInnis is a graduate of Radford University and is employed at the NRV Regional Jail.
    A December wedding is planned.