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Today's News

  • Grayson supervisors consider zoning amendment

    INDEPENDENCE — Supervisor David Sexton voiced concerns about Grayson County’s zoning ordinance during the board’s July 11 meeting.
    Specifically, Sexton questioned article 4.6, which sets the required 40-foot right-of-way for a principal structure.
    Sexton raised questions about the code due to comments and concerns he had received from citizens.

  • Galax lands $1.2M in grants so far this year

    After Carroll County had to eliminate grants administrator Brenda Marrah’s position with the county due to budget cuts in 2011, the City of Galax wasted no time in snapping her up.
    Right away, she set to work bringing in a flood of federal, state and private grants to help fund different projects throughout the city.
    By November of that year, the city had been awarded nearly $470,000 in FEMA grant money.

  • DMV implements tax increase

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles implemented a number of changes stemming from the transportation funding legislation that became effective July 1.
    Starting July 1, the sales and use tax (SUT) increased from 3 to 4 percent. Additionally, per the new legislation, the tax will now be assessed based on the sale price minus any manufacturer rebates. The minimum tax increased from $35 to $75.

  • Student's art will appear on billboards

    A fifth grader from Laurel Elementary School created the art for an anti-tobacco campaign going up in areas of Southwest and Southside Virginia.
    A project of the American Lung Association in Virginia, the Healthy Grounds for Our Youth effort seeks to keep the use of tobacco products off school campuses, even outdoors, according to Billie Murray, project manager.

  • Arrest Reports 7/22/13

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

  • Deputies searching for alleged embezzler

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies are searching for a 39-year-old man wanted for embezzlement.

    Authorities name the suspect as Myron Doyle Sharp, no address given.

    Sharp is suspected of taking property he had borrowed from a Glen Davis and selling it on July 15. 

  • Public thanks was well-deserved

    For years, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department has prided itself on quick and quality response. They rush to the scenes of burning buildings, assist in major car pile-ups and engage in every other facet of community service they can possibly fit into their tightly packed schedules.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/22/13

    Editor’s Note:
    This is a reminder that comments about local political candidates are not published in the Readers Hotline.

    Issues with religion?

  • Smoke on the Mountain 2013 BBQ Championship Results

    A total of 22 teams competed on July 19-20 in Galax at the 9th Annual Smoke on the Mounatin BBQ Championship. Barbecue teams from all over — from local contenders to nationally known celebrity cooks — gathered for the city's first dual contest, featuring both the traditional Memphis Barbecue Network competition and, for the first time in Galax, a Kansas City Barbecue Society contest. Below are the winners in each category. Watch The Gazette on Wednesday for photos and coverage of the event.

  • VFW monument honors the fallen

    HILLSVILLE — Officials with the Grover King VFW Post 1115 wanted the public to know that they put a $3,000 community grant towards a memorial for fallen soldiers.
    The VFW post received the money from the now-defunct Hillsville Rescue Squad as the former emergency medical provider disbursed its remaining funds as its last act. Veteran Ed Buchanan said the post used the funds to create a new memorial that’s positioned at the main entrance to the post in Hillsville.