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Today's News

  • Tow truck driver struck, killed on I-77

    FANCY GAP — A historically dangerous stretch of Interstate 77 in Carroll County claimed another life over Memorial Day weekend, a man who was often called on to rescue victims and their wrecked vehicles on the deadly road.

    Tow truck operator Russell Nelson, 75, owner of Russell’s Garage in Hillsville, was struck by a car and killed on May 25, while on a call on I-77. He had been in the towing business for more than 30 years, coworkers said.

  • Devils, Tide cruise into finals

    It took six days to do a three-day job, but Galax and Grayson County met Saturday for the MED tournament championship after making quick work of their semifinal opponents Friday in the Mountain Empire District baseball tournament at wind-whipped Felts Park.

    Grayson County pulled away from Fort Chiswell for a 10-0, six-inning win in the first semifinal, while in the second semifinal, Galax twice answered Narrows threats with big rallies of its own in an 11-5 win.

  • Grayson powers to MED title

    A sudden and severe thunderstorm knocked out the Mountain Empire District softball semifinals Wednesday at Mountain View Park. Power was restored on Thursday, in a big way.

    Grayson County belted nine home runs in two games, rolling to the MED title in a condensed one-day conclusion to the event. The Blue Devils pulled away from Galax 11-1 in six innings in the championship game after pounding six home runs in a 17-0, five-inning semifinal win over Narrows.

    Galax reached the title game by holding off Fort Chiswell 7-3 in a contest resumed in the fifth inning.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/27/13

    Finding help
    My car broke down Tuesday morning on Pipers Gap Road. Lots of cars went right on by. I don’t remember any names, but three vehicles stopped to help me and go make calls, since I was in a no-signal spot. They got the tow truck to me. One couple even came to the garage in Fancy Gap to see for sure I had made it okay. You know who you are, with the baby goats. Thank you all so much. God bless you all and I pray you will have help when you need it someday.

    Speak for yourself

  • Wind farm proposal too close to zoning

    HILLSVILLE — The winds on regulating tall structures on Carroll County ridge lines have shifted again, with county officials deciding that proposal sails too close to zoning.
    Carroll supervisors at their May 13 meeting basically made the decision to scuttle the tall structures proposal that arose after it became public knowledge that EDP Renewables was considering the Stoots Mountain area for a wind farm.
    Officials previously said they would not make a decision on the matter in May, so they put off the vote on the proposal until June.

  • Search for woman comes to tragic end

    The body of Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, was found last Thursday in a creek alongside Brush Creek Road in Grayson County.
    With that discovery, the investigation shifted from a missing person search to a criminal case.
    George had been missing since April 15.
    It appears that George’s body was dropped off on the side of a road, which leads police to believe that foul play may have been involved, said Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Investigators are now putting together what happened leading up to that.

  • Arrest Reports 5/27/13

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

  • REGION TOURNAMENT RESULTS

     REGION C DIVISION 2 BASEBALL

    Quarterfinals

    Chilhowie 7, Giles 2

    Glenvar 8, Radford 7

    Floyd County 9, James River 6

    Grayson County 4, Fort Chiswell 2

    Semifinals at James River H.S.

    Glenvar 9, Chilhowie 4

    Grayson County 10, Floyd County 2

    Championship at Calfee Park

    Glenvar 7, Grayson County 4

     

    REGION C DIVISION 1 BASEBALL

  • Turman named VFW volunteer of year

    HILLSVILLE — Lilias Turman, 90, reported to the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 at 5 a.m. on May 15 to help cook breakfast for the many law enforcement representatives that attended the Peace Officers Memorial Day observance.
    It’s for actions like this in a busy schedule of helping her community that Turman’s sisters in the VFW ladies’ auxiliary recognized her as volunteer of the year in Loyalty Day activities.

  • Primary elections to be held June 11

    Absentee voting has started for the June 11 statewide Democratic primary.
    The statewide primary is to select Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
    There are also numerous primary elections for the House of Delegates and local offices in various areas of the state.
    Among them is the 6th District House race to select the Republican nominee for the November election. Incumbent Annie B. Crockett-Stark of Wytheville is retiring. The 6th District includes all of Carroll and Wythe counties and part of Smyth County.