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Today's News

  • Spring Valley added to landmarks registry

    The latest additions to the Virginia Landmarks Register, announced last week, include more than 4,000 acres of northeastern Grayson County.
    The Spring Valley Rural Historic District recognizes the community as a center of farming and commercial agriculture in Southwest Virginia.

    The district also will be considered for the National Register of Historic Places.
    The application for historic landmark status was prepared by Hill Studio in Roanoke, on behalf of Spring Valley property owner Donald Philen, who privately sponsored this project.

  • 911 call includes 'begging' voice, gunshots

    SPARTA, N.C. — The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department may not have a body, but it does have a 911 tape of a man begging not to be killed.
    A Cana, Va., couple and a Mount Airy man have been charged with the murder of Michael Thomas Hawks, 40, of Mount Airy.
    The sheriff’s office received the call on Oct. 26 at 7:30 a.m. and later heard “muffled gunshots” in the background before the call ended.
    The information was taken off of a search warrant obtained to search the home of Wayne Thomas Lawson Jr., 39, of Mount Airy, N.C.

  • Gooch Harmon remembered as historian, businessman

    WOODLAWN — Gooch Harmon — noted local historian, clothing and boot outlet proprietor and car dealer — passed away at his home on Christmas Day at the age of 82.
    Gleaves “Gooch” Howard Harmon Jr. of Woodlawn was recently profiled by The Gazette, for his vast collection of relics preserving many aspects of Carroll County's past.

    Harmon's Museum is a local landmark, housed in the Woodlawn outlet stores billed as the "Boot Capital of Virginia.”

  • Seeing the results

    A trio of new job announcements were welcome news in the two weeks before Christmas — a positive end to a year of economic stagnation. A new solar panel product line at Guardian Industries in Galax will create 40 jobs; Bucyrus in Hillsville will add 32 workers and a new company, Independence Homes, will employ 42 people after it opens in Grayson County.

  • Biodiesel producer fueling change in Carroll, Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — The owner of Red Birch Energy sees farmers and truck stop owners as the new oil barons as people make the switch to biodiesel for their transportation needs.
    Businessman Dean Price presents the idea for change as the ultimate “shop local” campaign, where American farmers supply the fuels and keep the economic benefits in the community, instead of sending that money to foreign oil suppliers.

  • Galax to spend more on snow removal

    With the snowfalls and an ice storm that have already happened this year, Galax can only hope for a milder winter in 2011, said City Manager Keith Barker, as the city looks at new ways of preparing for the worst.

    Last year, the city budgeted $80,000 for snow removal and $20,000 for overtime. However, the city spent well over $150,000 clearing snow and ice last year, with at least $97,400 spent on snow removal materials alone, and another $26,600 in overtime pay for crew.

  • Suspect charged in Fancy Gap armed robbery

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the Dec. 16 armed robbery at the Kangaroo Express in Fancy Gap.
    Joey Roby Sechrist, 48, of Brushy Fork Road in Cana, is charged with armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
    Carroll County deputies and Virginia State Police troopers scoured Interstate 77 and other areas of Carroll County after receiving a report that the business on Chances Creek Road had been robbed.

  • Hamby pleads guilty to child porn charge

    ABINGDON — An Independence man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on Dec. 20 to one count of receiving child pornography.

    John Hamby, 49, was apprehended in September when an undercover law enforcement officer working with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered Hamby was trading child pornography on an Internet peer-to-peer file-sharing site, according to Brian McGinn, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Attorney's Western District of Virginia office.

  • Carroll County battles past Galax

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County rallied from a six-point deficit into a three-point lead in the third quarter and held on to down Galax 56-48 in a nondistrict girls’ game Wednesday night.

    An 11-point outburst by Taylor Bryant in the second quarter helped boost the Maroon Tide (4-3) to a 33-27 halftime lead, but the Cavaliers (3-3) limited Galax to five points on just eight field goal attempts in the third period to surge into the lead.

  • Maroon Tide stays unbeaten

     HILLSVILLE –– Galax shot its way into a 43-29 halftime lead, endured a late Carroll County comeback attempt and pulled away for a 71-55 win in a nondistrict boys’ game Wednesday.

    The Maroon Tide (4-0) would lead by as many as 19 points, 48-29, when Lawrence Parsons scored from the inside a minute into the third quarter, but the Cavaliers gradually chipped away over the next eight minutes and would draw as close as nine points early in the fourth.