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Today's News

  • Prison hiring for vocational education jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — In a move that suggests Grayson County’s new state prison will be as much about education as incarceration, the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) is hiring several teaching and instructional positions.
    As the DOC prepares to open the long-awaited River North Correctional Center in October, the department will hold an employment opportunity fair for the public on April 17.

  • Carroll to adjust tax rate in new budget

    HILLSVILLE — Adjusting the real estate tax rate to 68 cents per $100 will make it “revenue neutral” after Carroll County experienced the first drop in property values in three decades, according to a budget presentation at Monday’s supervisors’ meeting.
    The reassessment conducted by Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group reflected a 12 percent decrease in total taxable property values as compared to 2012, the firm’s final report said. The total value came in at $2.33 billion.

  • Illegal whiskey distillery discovered

    AUSTINVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office issued felony warrants on April 4 for the illegal manufacture of untaxed whiskey, and arrested a 42-year-old Austinville man.
    Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that Carroll deputies and agents from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested David Wayne Alley of 6732 Poplar Camp Road after a search of his residence turned up an operational illegal distillery.

  • Arrest Reports 4/10/13

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

  • Springer, Webb engagement announced

    Mr. and Mrs. Victor Webb of Laurel Fork and Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Springer of Vicenza, Italy, announced the upcoming wedding of Heather Webb and Jesse Springer.

    Heather Webb is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Banks of Reidsville, N.C., and the late Forest and Helen Webb of Laurel Fork.
    She received a bachelor’s degree in humanities and fine arts from the University of Wyoming and is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the university.

  • Strickland, Marshall to marry

    Ashley M. Strickland and Taylor W. Marshall recently announced their engagement.
    Strickland is the daughter of Jimmy and Denise Strickland of Galax.
    She is a graduate of Carroll County High School and Bluefield College. She is employed by Patrick County Public Schools in Critz, as a sixth/seventh grade health and physical education teacher.
    Marshall is the son of Timmy and Sherry Marshall of Mechanicsville.

    He is a graduate of Lee-Davis High School and plans to graduate from Bluefield College later this year in sports medicine.

  • Public record for 4/10/13 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Town auctions rescue squad building

    HILLSVILLE — The former Hillsville Rescue Squad station went to the owner of a trucking company, and the sign went to a long-time volunteer.
    Around 30 people gathered April 6 at the auction of the past headquarters of the now-defunct rescue squad.
    Ambulances haven’t run for years. The squad shut down after an investigation that resulted when a squad member used an ambulance to move furniture. It never reopened, despite several attempts.

  • Clinics to help felons restore civil rights

    Clinics to assist convicted felons in restoring their rights will be held twice a month, from April through October, in Galax.
    The clinics are offered by the Secure Organization Building Educational Recovery Inc. (S.O.B.E.R.), a non-profit fellowship home in Galax for people recovering from addiction. The event is being promoted by The Advancement Project, a civil rights organization that works on restoring the voting rights of Virginians with past felony convictions, upon completion of their sentences.

  • New faces on 2013 schedules

    For most of the spring it has felt more like the tail end of football season outside. And if one actually needs a reason to talk about football, weather is as good as any.