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Today's News

  • Labor Day travel likely to increase

    The number of Virginians who will travel this Labor Day holiday is projected to increase 8.8 percent from 2009, AAA Mid-Atlantic said this week.
    Travel growth in the state is expected to lag slightly behind the rest of the country, which will see a nearly 10 percent jump in travel during the long weekend of Thursday-Monday. AAA measures residents who travel at least 50 miles from home.
    In Virginia, AAA anticipates about 929,350 people will take a trip, compared with 853,857 last year.

  • Expect heavy traffic in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market & Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays.

  • Boucher opposes gun show checks

    U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) said last week that he opposes a federal bill to require background checks for buyers of firearms at gun shows.

  • Driver charged in Grayson fatality

    A 22-year-old man has died as the result of a pickup turning over on him Saturday in Grayson County.
    The driver, a 20-year-old from Crockett in Wythe County, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and DUI.
    The incident occurred at about 7:25 p.m. on Clito Road, east of its intersection with Carsonville Road. At that time, the driver of a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup, Bradlee Erick Hahn, attempted to back up, but went off the edge of the road to the left and overturned, according to a report by Virginia State Police.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spend $500 million in Va.

    Gazette writers Christopher Brooke and April Wright contributed to this article.

  • Public record for 9/1/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Richardsons celebrate birthdays

    Ziley Sue, Jazzy and Zora Grace Richardson celebrated their respective second, fifth and fourth birthdays Aug. 8 with family and friends at a party at the home of their grandparents, Allen and Linda Richardson in Comers Rock.

    The Richardson sisters are the daughters of Glen and Christina Richardson.

  • Pickett, Mabry to be married

    Pastor Jeff and Tammy Pickett announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Lynn Pickett, to Christopher Reed Mabry on Dec. 24, 2009.
    Chris is the son of B.C. and Teresa Mabry of Barren Springs.

    Megan is the maternal granddaughter of Kenneth and Sue Anders of Galax. She is the maternal great granddaughter of Ruth Rutherford of Galax. She is the paternal granddaughter of the late Charles and Bonnie Pickett.

  • Parks, Anders marry

    Hannah Leigh Parks and Justin Cebert Anders were married Aug. 21, 2010 in a private ceremony at 10 a.m. at Bald Rock United Methodist Church in Flat Ridge.
    Glenn Hyatt officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Greg and Sharon Parks of Kernersville, N.C. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with degrees in psychology and outdoor education.
    The groom is the son of John and Leona Anders of Rugby. He is a graduate of Grayson County High School and is self employed.

  • She's seven

    Andrea Lynn Cooley celebrated her seventh birthday July 16 with family and friends. She had a Barbie cake. Her parents are Jennifer L. Cooley of Fries and Travis Cooley of Independence.

    Her grandparents are Bill and Ruby Manning of Woodlawn, Joy and Roy Forrest of Galax and Herbert Gray Cooley of Wytheville. Her great-grandpa is Howard G. Jones of Galax. She has an older sister, Savannah Rose Cooley.