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Today's News

  • Extension changes explained

    BLACKSBURG — Carroll County residents have expressed worries about the loss of access and services should Virginia Tech's plan to restructure the Cooperative Extension Service proceed, but Alan Grant, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, says the plan faces budget realities with the goal of improving customer service.
    While the Extension restructuring plan would go to a more regional network of offices, lots of local offices are already short staffed, Grant noted in a phone interview with The Gazette.

  • Carter Park & Trail planned for Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials hope that a state grant will put the county on the path to creating the George Lafayette Cater Educational Park and Recreational Trail.
    The Carroll Board of Supervisors at their Jan. 13 meeting approved a resolution supporting a grant application for the park and trail.

  • Grayson agrees to help regional EMS

    INDEPENDENCE — The sirens of Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Service will continue to sound in Grayson County after the board of supervisors voted to provide $20,000 to the regional ambulance service.
    Citing a significant lack of transport calls — from which the department makes the majority of its revenue — the EMS that serves both Grayson and Galax called upon both localities to provide funding during the 2010-11 fiscal year.

  • Fugitive caught, wife charged with aiding escape

    A 36-year-old Fries man who defied a federal court in December has gotten his family members in trouble with the law, too.
    Jonathan Reed Stiltner failed to appear for his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C., and U.S. Marshals almost caught up with him in a search at a home in Carroll County days later.
    But, Stiltner slipped away while — as federal authorities allege — his wife told marshals she didn't know where he was.

  • Legislators' utility bills shut down

     

  • Getting Fit for L.I.F.E.

    Hospital staff teared up and cheered as their co-workers strutted into the room with their new looks, beaming smiles and improved bodies on Friday during the Twin County Regional Hospital's own version of the “Biggest Loser” makeover.
    “The 'Biggest Loser' competition has made an immeasurable impact on my life,” said David Payne, director of radiology, who lost 28 pounds in the challenge. “It has helped me transform my life into a healthier, happier lifestyle. I feel better than I can ever remember.”

  • Traffic stops lead to six drug arrests

    Three recent traffic stops have resulted in the arrest of six individuals on drug charges in the City of Galax, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.
    Police Officer Jake Vaughan conducted a traffic stop on Poplar Knob Road on Jan. 10, and during a search of the vehicle, Vaughan discovered suspected narcotics.

  • Districts offer farmers protection

    HILLSVILLE  —  Ag and forestal districts in Wythe County have managed to hold off town annexations and a transmission power line in the 30 years they’ve existed, said one participant.
    Dairy farmer Eric Crowgey spoke to a roomful of about 40 people interested in learning about ag and forestal districts in Carroll County on Jan. 6. He shared history, insight and tips about the voluntary protection for rural land in Wythe County.

  • Taylor could serve 5 years for child porn

    UPDATED JANUARY 21, 2011:

  • A new sheriff in town

    FRIES—There will be a new sheriff in town on March 1 in the small town of Fries, after an agreement was met for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to provide police coverage.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan presented the proposed agreement to the Grayson Board of Supervisors on Jan. 13 and explained that the Fries Town Council had already approved the contract.