.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Fuel Farm

     

  • Stanford didn’t let it go to its head

     You knew it was going to be a long night when you saw the helmets.

    Those orange hats Virginia Tech broke out for Monday’s Orange Bowl weren’t as bad as the ones Miami wore against the Hokies during the regular season – you know, the green ones that looked like they should have been buzzing around something left in the barnyard – but they were bad enough.

  • Grayson County girls barely miss chance at first victory

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County came within a whisker of snapping a 42-game losing streak but fell to Holston 39-37 in a nondistrict girls’ basketball game Wednesday.

    Holston (4-5), which had ended its own string of 100-plus straight defeats earlier in the year, took a two-point lead on Faith Ritchie’s free throw with 18 seconds remaining.

    Grayson County (0-7) had a chance to send the game into overtime but was off the mark at the buzzer.

  • Veterans clinic in Hillsville to close

    Updated 6:07 p.m.

    SALEM — The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Salem announced Friday that the outpatient clinic in Hillsville will soon be consolidated with a new facility in Wytheville.

    Construction at the Wytheville Community Based Outpatient Clinic continues and remains on schedule for a spring opening, VA officials said in a news release. The new clinic will have 9,500 square feet of space and will have the capacity to serve more than 5,000 veterans.

  • Grayson County-Galax put on ice

    The basketball quad pitting Grayson County at Galax has been postponed due to the weather. No make-up date has been announced as of Friday afternoon.

    Also, the Carroll County-Tazewell quad has been postponed.

  • State police facing shortage

    The arrival of a new year is typically seen as a time of positive change, but as 2011 dawns, state police officials are braced for what they see as a bad situation about to get worse, even in Southwest Virginia.
    On Jan. 1, their sworn ranks of 262 uniformed personnel are scheduled to shrink by another 13 across the state because of retirements. That drop comes at a time when officials say their numbers are already too lean.

  • Bullion to serve 4 years on drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man has been sentenced to spend four years in a federal prison as a result of a two-year illegal drug investigation.
    Stacey Harold Bullion of 63 Lewis Lane heard his sentence in U.S. District Court on Monday, after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to Brian McGinn, spokesman for the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Roanoke.
    A federal grand jury issued a six-count indictment naming Bullion, as well as Hillsville resident Rigoberto Ruiz-Ruvalcaba, last March.

  • Evans to challenge Reynolds in rematch

    FIELDALE — Jeff Evans, a former Carroll County supervisor, will again challenge Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Henry County) for the 20th District seat in the Virginia General Assembly.
    Evans formally announced his intention to seek the Republican party nomination Thursday in Bassett.

    (Reynolds has said he will seek re-election.)
    Evans' motivation for seeking the office is unchanged from his earlier candidacy, he told The Gazette in a phone interview.

  • Drug conspiracy defendant found dead before sentencing

    FRIES — A 53-year-old Galax man, who pleaded guilty to illegal drug charges in U.S. District Court and who faced a potential 10-year stint in federal prison, was found dead Tuesday.
    Police say Donald Scott Vaughan's death was self-inflicted.

    Vaughan faced charges in both state and federal courts after police set up a multi-agency drug bust at Interstate 77 Exit 14 last April.
    Carroll deputies arrested Vaughan after the suspect left the scene at high speeds through areas of Woodlawn and the Laurel sections of the county to the Galax area.

  • Galax police armor up

    The steel gray Lenco armored vehicle that rolled through Galax on Wednesday for the first time will be housed by the Galax Police Department and used within the region as an incident response vehicle.
    The Galax Police Department received a $251,792 grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program to buy the vehicle to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats.