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Today's News

  • He's one

    Landon Gray Smith turned 1 on March 3. He celebrated with a baby Mickey-themed party with family and friends. 

    Landon is the son of Christopher and DeAnn Smith of Hillsville. His grandparents are Dennis and Debbie Frost of Galax, and James and Bonnie Smith of Hillsville.

  • Public record for 4/3/13 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, call 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:

  • HoustonFest to award grants and scholarships

    Last year’s  Houston Caldwell Music Scholarship recipients will be showcased in a special performance during this year’s festival.
    Last year’s recipients — Jared Boyd, Brandy Miller, Danielle Yother, Daniel Greeson and Catherine Conner — will perform during HoustonFest 2013, which is scheduled for May 3-4 at Felts Park in Galax.
    HoustonFest is organized and presented by Galax Volunteer Fire Department and community volunteers.

  • Saturday I-77 crash also resulted in fatality

    A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on Saturday also lead to a fatality, according to Virginia State Police Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    This crash occurred at about 3:15 p.m. at the 3 milemarker in the northbound lanes, when driver Jeffrey D. Stewart, 66, of Worthington, Ohio, apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
    The 2010 Chevy Malibu went off the road to the right and struck a rock embankment and overturned several times, the trooper said. This ejected a backseat passenger.

  • Students unharmed in bus incident

    No students were injured after a school bus slipped off the edge of the road in the Laurel section of Carroll Tuesday morning.
    In the brief time before another bus arrived, Hillsville Fire Department members put the kids in the fire trucks to be out of the morning chill.

  • Special Olympians join Division III all-stars

     Nineteen members of Carroll County Special Olympics and four family members were invited to participate in the NCAA Division III east-west all-star game March 23 at the Salem Civic Center.

    Each year, in conjunction with the Division III national championships at Salem, the NCAA selects two teams of Division III all-stars to play. The Carroll County athletes were invited to participate in warm-ups with the players by shooting around, then formed a spirit tunnel for the college players as they were introduced.

  • Tide rallies past Buffs again

    The season opener between Galax and Floyd County two weeks ago was an exercise in efficiency, with just an hour and 51 minutes needed to complete Galax’s tidy 3-1 win.

    Floyd County batted for what seemed like at least that much time in a single half-inning in the two teams’ rematch Monday, while Galax’s final turn at bat never did end.

  • Shelter closed to prevent spread of parvovirus

    The Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter will be closed through April 8 due to a suspected case of parvovirus at the shelter, according to a news release from City Manager Keith Barker.


    Some puppies began showing symptoms of parvovirus after spending a couple of days at the shelter, Barker told the Gazette. The contagious disease is fatal to dogs.

    
They were taken to a local veterinarian, where they tested negative for parvo. However, they still had all of the symptoms.
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  • Strength in numbers

    They say that it takes a village to raise a child, so perhaps it takes an entire region to care for the smaller communities within it.
    The announcement last week of Twin County United Way’s merger with United Way Virginia Highlands came with a lot of positivity — along with many questions about what happens next.
    What changes are going to be made?
    Where will the funding go?

  • Readers' Hotline 4/1/13

    Banner year for town
    Editor’s note: Independence Town Manager Jerry Hughes last week issued this statement in response to two Hotline comments published in the March 25 edition of The Gazette, concerning why the town hasn’t changed its seasonal banners downtown: