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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Grayson County sweeps in track

    HILLSVILLE –– Grayson County took both the boys’ and girls’ team wins in a four-way track and field meet Wednesday at Carroll County.

    The Blue Devil boys edged Carroll County 72-63, with Tazewell (43) third and Galax (13) fourth.

    Grayson’s girls finished with 78 points to Carroll’s 42. Tazewell (31) and Galax (11) rounded out the field.

  • Cavaliers edge Maroon Tide

    HILLSVILLE –– Having exploded in the latter innings for a 17-3 win over Galax two weeks ago, Carroll County failed to capitalize on early opportunities at a decent-sized lead Saturday. That, in turn, was Galax’s big opportunity, but the Tide couldn’t cash in, either.

    Galax made improvements aesthetically but couldn’t extract vengeance for the earlier shellacking as the Cavaliers held on for a 3-2 nondistrict win Saturday at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Farm to Fork: home-grown gourmet

    Crossroads Institute hosts the first of a series of culinary events planned in the region, which use locally grown ingredients to create unique dishes.

  • Hillsville amends town code sections

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council adopted several changes to ordinances at its March 25 meeting.
    Some of the town codes needed updates to match up with Virginia state law, said Hillsville Town Manager Travis Jackson. Other were updated to improve or simplify their readability.
    No citizens spoke at a public hearing on March 25 about the changes, so council moved ahead with adoption. All the changes passed by unanimous vote.
    Changes include:

  • Trio charged with obtaining drugs illegally

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax police arrested three Tazewell men on April 3 at Twin County Regional Hospital, after an attempt to illegally procure controlled substances from the emergency department, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    Police responded to the emergency department after an alert employee suspected that someone seeking services was using a false name and personal identifiers, Clark said.

  • Carroll dedicates renovated schools

    HILLSVILLE — Bands played, choruses sang and ribbons were cut while students and staff cheered the completion of construction work at Carroll County high and intermediate schools on April 2.
    Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told the students at both schools that wrapping up the additions and renovations for phase III construction caps off a decade-and-a-half of work in a countywide effort to improve facilities in Carroll.

  • Volunteers rose to challenge in I-77 crisis

    It was a somber Easter weekend this year due to the series of crashes on Interstate 77 on March 31.
    Due to a combination of foggy conditions and precautions that were sadly not taken by drivers, dozens were injured and three are dead as a result of the massive pileup.
    When word of this crisis spread, our local police officers, EMTs, firefighters and ordinary citizens reported to the scene or gathered where they could to provide help the injured and the stranded. On The Gazette's Facebook page, readers time and again sought information on ways they could help.