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Today's News

  • Hillsville shelters Easter crash victims

    HILLSVILLE — About 23 people caught in the massive Easter Sunday wreck on Interstate 77 used the Grover King VFW Post 1115 as a way station on their journey to get their lives back on track.
    Many travelers on the interstate near Fancy Gap had their Easter plans disrupted after the dense fog set in.
    While these adults and children, along with three dogs, were caught up in the crashes, they were also bystanders for much of the day.

  • Multiple fatalities reported in massive I-77 crash

    Fog in Fancy Gap set the stage for the sprawling Easter Sunday wrecks on Interstate 77 that killed three people, injured 30 and involved 96 vehicles, Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser said. The victims were all from out of state.
    In all, a cadre of state troopers from the Twin Counties and Wythe and Pulaski counties worked 18 accidents that snared 96 vehicles in the incident that began at approximately 1:15 p.m. on March 31.

  • Hillsville plans first Gospel Day event

    HILLSVILLE — Voices will be raised in praise at the first-ever Gospel Day June 1 in Jail House Square in Hillsville, a musical event meant to appeal to locals and visitors alike.
    David Young, Pipers Gap Ward representative on Hillsville Town Council, long wanted to stage a gospel music celebration to go along with the slate of beach bands that play the summer Downtown Celebrations.

  • United Way agencies form union

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, ,Staff
    Twin County United Way will merge with United Way Virginia Highlands, forming a partnership that spans the five counties of Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth and Washington; and the City of Galax.
    The merger will allow the organization to serve more than 28 towns and one city, which together contain 168,000 residents over a span of 2,500 square miles.

  • Gypsy moths: slowing the spread

    One of the fronts in the battle against destructive gypsy moths will be fought in Middle Fox Creek in Grayson County this year.
    The integrated pest management program to "Slow the Spread" of the foreign pest involves releasing pheromones on 1,000 acres in the Southwest Virginia county, among others, says Larry Bradfield, project manager in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
    The goal is to confuse the flying males enough so they can’t find the stationary females to reproduce.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Family Resource Center is holding a special event at the Elks Lodge in Galax to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
    “We are going to use the theme to help keep the community safe, and to shine a light on child abuse,” said Amy Parks, who is heading the event.
    Parks hopes to see parents bring their kids for a family day, complete with food, games and information to help keep children safe.

  • Computer repair calls are a scam, BBB says

    ROANOKE — “This is me moving your mouse.”
    Sure enough, a Dublin consumer’s computer mouse cursor began to move across the screen on its own.
    Someone had taken control of her computer. Unfortunately, minutes later they would have control of her bank account, as well.
    Multiple consumers have told the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia that they have been contacted by an overseas computer repair company offering virus protection and claiming to work for Microsoft.

  • Arrest Reports 3/29/13

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

  • Davis convicted of more abduction charges

    WYTHEVILLE — A 61-year-old Ivanhoe man, already serving a 28-year sentence on a rape conviction in Carroll County, received another 25 years in prison for related convictions in Wythe County.
    Alton Kenny Davis, a former driver for Guardian ambulance service, faced several charges in a Wythe County investigation that spread to Carroll County in 2008, involving Mount Rogers Industrial and Developmental Center clients.
    Davis provided transportation services to the disabled through his position with Guardian.

  • Campbell to seek 6th District seat