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Today's News

  • Localities receive Smart Beginnings grant

     The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded a grant to Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax to establish Smart Beginnings Twin County, an initiative that will help prepare children in the region for success in school and in life. 

    Ultimately, this grant aims to strengthen the region’s workforce development and economic prosperity by setting the stage for success at an early age. 

  • W.Va. men charged with break-ins

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies have sought warrants charging three Gallagher, W.Va., men with breaking and entering at Crowders quarry in Laurel, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Deputies have charged Luke Harley McBrayer, 30, with breaking and entering from an incident in January, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Shannon Goad followed up on leads gathered since then.

    These leads took the investigation to Bland County and to West Virginia.

  • Kennedy sentenced on drug charge

    ROANOKE — A Galax man, found guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in U.S. District Court, received a prison sentence of more than seven years last Thursday.

    Kenneth Joe Kennedy, having earlier entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, appeared before federal Judge James Turk for sentencing Oct. 21.

    The judge ordered Kennedy confined to the federal Bureau of Prisons for 87 months, according to court papers.

  • Lost connections limit learning in Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — Given the chance, a Carroll elementary student would likely find a virtual tour of the Smithsonian museums more engaging than filling out a worksheet in class.

    But if the teacher isn't able to bring the network up, then that student might just end up bent over those papers.

    It's not that the worksheet isn't a time-honored educational tool. It's just that the virtual field trip via the Internet would capture that child's attention and keep it.

  • I-77 to remain 65 mph through Carroll

     CORRECTION

    The Gazette corrects errors in its news columns that come to its attention. The Gazette also wishes to clarify points when a misunderstanding of content occurs.

    Due to misreading a map of interstates that will have speed limits raised to 70 mph, a story in Oct. 22 edition of The Gazette was incorrect. The section of Interstate 77 through Carroll County will NOT be increased to 70 mph.


  • Devils get back on track

    INDEPENDENCE –– Regardless of who is standing on the other sideline, ending a month-long skid is reason to feel good.

    Grayson County, which saw a three-game season-opening winning streak dampened by a four-game slide, had its way with the Bland County defense Friday and got back on the winning track, celebrating homecoming with a 48-7 Mountain Empire District win at Bill Strong Field.

  • Galax goes airborne for 34-6 win over Covington

     COVINGTON –– Austin Pack and Terrance Mazon combined for 224 passing yards and Steven Peoples topped 100 yards rushing in his first action in the backfield as Galax rolled over Covington 34-6 in a nondistrict game Friday at Casey Field.

    Pack started for the Maroon Tide and completed 6-of-7 passes for 99 yards, including an 11-yard toss to Deion George for the game’s first score.

  • Carroll County shuts down Grundy

    GRUNDY -- Grundy was the only one entering the game undefeated. 

    Carroll County was the only one that left it undefeated in district play. 

    The Cavaliers shut down the previously unbeaten Golden Wave, 20-0, in Southwest District play Friday night at Nelson Memorial Field. 

    The impressive win was Carroll County's fifth in a row and it sets up a showdown next week between the Cavs (6-2, 4-0) and unbeaten and defending SWD champion Richlands. 

  • Carroll hands Grundy first loss

    GRUNDY –– Carroll County took a 13-0 first-quarter lead and posted its second straight shutout, blanking previously-unbeaten Grundy 20-0 in a Southwest District game.

    Jacob Mollett had 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Ryne Ayers ran for 106 yards and Jordan Lamb recovered a fumble for a touchdown for Carroll County, which will play Richlands for the SWD title next week.

    Grayson County 48, Bland County 7

  • Hash keeps adding to trophy case

     ELK CREEK –– The course of the past month has been an exciting one for Independence driver Bobby Hash.