Today's News

  • GHS rallies to end bullying

    Galax schools are sponsoring an “End Bullying” campaign this year, which was kicked off with a division-wide pep rally on Aug. 23.
    Elementary, middle and high school students met at the Galax High School gym, where they heard an important message from motivational speaker Bob Garrity, an anti-bullying trainer who has worked with more than 40 school divisions in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

  • Second year of U.S. 58 work begins in Carroll

    LAUREL FORK — Branch Highways celebrated the 100 jobs supported by the $120 million, U.S. 58 widening project that spans three counties, including eastern Carroll.
    The Roanoke-based construction outfit is beginning its second of four years working on the 8.2-mile project, according to a news release from the company.

  • Arrest Reports 8/28/13

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

  • Flea market will bring thousands to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Tens of thousands of people will head to Hillsville over Labor Day weekend to experience flea market shopping heaven, creating the potential of traffic hell for others.
    The Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market will open for business Friday at 7 a.m. and wrap up Monday at 5 p.m.
    While Hillsville does its best to accommodate crowds estimated at more than half a million in the past, the Virginia Department of Transportation has issued its annual statement, warning those who might not want to be ensnared in the shopping bonanza to steer clear.

  • Art school awaiting final state grant

    It has been a busy year for Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, as staff has worked tirelessly with Galax grants administrator Brenda Marrah to secure enough funding for a woodworking studio in the downtown district.
    As the school draws close to submitting its final request to the Virginia Tobacco Commission for $125,000, CCSA Executive Director Chris Shackelford approached the members of Galax City Council on Aug. 12 to request their support one more time.

  • Independence buys McKnight lot

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council has finally reached an agreement with the McKnight family to purchase a lot in the middle of town.
    Town Manager Jerry Hughes said the purchase price for the less-than-an-acre McKnight lot is $90,000.
    Hughes said town officials and town council have been negotiating with Tommy McKnight, the son of Gene T. “Fuzzy” McKnight.
    The town has been using the lot for several years for different festivals and the weekly farmers’ market.
    Hughes said uses for the corner were “unlimited.”

  • Hillsville mayor faces charge in Bristol


    RICHMOND — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder faces a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law-enforcement officer, placed by Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control, according to ABC officials and court records.

  • Galax rolls, 44-3

     Galax scored 28 points in the second quarter and rolled over Carroll County 44-3 in the two teams' annual benefit game Saturday night in Galax.

    The Maroon Tide, which opens regular season play Friday at Glenvar, led 13-3 when it scored four touchdowns in the final 8:09 of the first half. Charles Harris got the ball rolling with a 38-yard scoring run and Jonathen Reyna booted one of his five PATs fora 20-3 Galax lead.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/26/13

    Questions about hospital
    Regarding Twin County Regional Hospital, how long is third floor going to be closed? How many positions have been eliminated since Duke LifePoint took over the facility? How many long-term managers have been required to reapply for their jobs? When is the community going to get the money from the sale of the asset that they owned? It has been 15 months or greater.

  • TCRH adjusts to challenges of healthcare industry

    By Twin County Regional Hospital Administration