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Today's News

  • Windmill ban too close to zoning for some

    HILLSVILLE — Some residents of the Sulphur Springs District are of two minds: they don’t want windmills, but they also won’t support zoning to keep them out, according to a discussion at the Carroll supervisors’ February meeting.
    That’s making the way to address the windmill issue complicated, county officials discussed after Chairman David Hutchins shared with fellow supervisors the feedback he has received from citizens.

  • Albany Industries on track in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    In 2011, sighs of relief were breathed after Albany Industries, a living room furniture company headquartered in New Albany, Miss., brought its business to the former B.C. Vaughan plant in Galax, along with the promise of 335 jobs over a course of three years.
    The news came after a string of furniture factory closings in a city built by the industry.
    Today, Albany’s employee count is up to more than 150 and still climbing, says manager Mark Gosnell.

  • Business is brewing in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    It all began when John Ayers of Galax visited a brew pub in Charlotte, N.C.
    He was used to beer that can be found in any grocery store, such as Budweiser, Coors and Miller, he said. But when he tried a variety of samplings at the restaurant, his enthusiasm for craft beer began.
    After traveling and sampling the hundreds of brews that are available, he began crafting his own styles in preparation to start his own brewery back home.

  • Arrest Reports 2/25/13

    The Gazette is partnering with the Grayson County Sheriff's Department to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged with offenses in the county.

  • Scholarship named for beloved teacher

    HILLSVILLE — Growing up during the Great Depression, Velma Bowman Horton worked hard to get the dimes and nickels to go school and become an educator.
    As a teacher and guidance counselor, Horton did her utmost — working constantly and tirelessly — to help Carroll County students get they best education they could, too.
    That’s why friends and family believe that the Velma B. Horton Memorial Scholarship is the perfect way to honor the woman who helped countless people during her 40 years in education.

  • Two injured in Feb. 19 wreck

    Two Independence women were injured, one seriously, in a Feb. 19 accident on Virginia Route 274 near Virginia 94, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. when 36-year-old Joy Hawks lost control of a 2002 Chevy Cavalier, went off the road to the right and struck a tree, according to a report by Trooper C.W. Keesling.
    Both Hawks and a passenger, Destina Upchurch, were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment.
    Hawks was transferred to another hospital by helicopter.
    Charges are pending.

  • Driver escapes injury in single-vehicle crash

     

  • School officers an invaluable resource

    For Twin County parents, it might be hard to understand the national debate about placing armed police officers in schools. To many, it probably seems an obvious, proven and effective security measure.
    Schools in Carroll, Grayson and Galax have had resource officers at high schools for years, and this arrangement has been praised by educators, law enforcement, parents and even students. The program is now expanding to elementary schools after the deadly Newtown, Conn., school shootings of 2012.

  • Garbage fee, tax increase unpopular but profitable

    INDEPENDENCE—Grayson County’s financial situation continues to improve, as the county once again saw its ending year fund balance grow over the year before.
    Deanna Cox of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates provided the county board of supervisors with the 2012 audit report earlier this month and pointed out that the county is continuing its “financial rehealing” process.

  • AmeriPumps pays back incentive funds

    HILLSVILLE — State incentive funds of $150,000  to create jobs with AmeriPumps in Hillsville has been paid back to the Governor’s Opportunity Fund, according to the company owner and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
    In an effort to attract the maker of industrial strength pumps from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Hillsville, the state economic development fund provided $150,000 in 2008.
    The goals involved creating 125 new jobs and investing a total of $4.6 million in the community.