Today's News

  • Grayson schools accredited


    INDEPENDENCE — Steve Cornett, director of instruction and assessment for the Grayson County School System, gave the school board some welcome news at its Oct. 10 meeting.
    Cornett said all schools in the system are fully accredited and met all Standards of Learning (SOL) standards for the 2011-12 school year, as set by the Virginia Department of Education.
    It was the second consecutive year for the accreditation, which was based on data from the 2010-11 school year.

  • United Way focuses on lasting impact in community


  • Galax Lowe's not on closing list

    The Lowe's home improvement store in Galax is not among stores the company plans to close.
    Lowe's, based in Mooresville, N.C., said in a press release that it will close 20 underperforming stores in 15 states and cut 1,950 jobs.
    According to the company, the move will allow Lowe's to focus on more profitable locations.
    Before the closures Lowe's operated 1,725 stores.
    Lowe's said the moves will cost it 17 cents to 20 cents per share in 2011.


    UPDATED 10/20/11:

    The Gazette accepted letters to the editor concerning the Nov. 8 election until noon on Oct. 20, for publication in the Oct. 24 newspaper.

    No more campaign-related letters will be accepted.

    Rebuttal letters ONLY will be accepted until noon on Oct. 27, for publication in the Oct. 31 newspaper. Rebuttals may only address factual errors in previously published letters that appeared in The Gazette. A difference of opinion with a letter writer is not appropriate for a rebuttal.

  • Readers' Hotline 10/19/11


  • Candidate events scheduled

  • Scooter accident leaves rider injured


  • McCraw challenges McMillian for seat

    Voters in the Fancy Gap District have a choice of Republican challenger Phil McCraw or incumbent Manus McMillian, a Democrat, for supervisor when they go to the polls in November.

    Phil McCraw
    With reliable help to manage Virginia 500 Fruit Market in Cana, where he’s worked since 1970 and which he has owned since 1987, Phil McCraw says now is the time to run for supervisor and get directly involved in Carroll County government.
    He doesn’t like the direction the county’s been going recently.

  • Fancy Gap water bid awarded


  • Ex-cons seek second chances

    Since he was released from jail in 2009 after being incarcerated for drug distribution and other crimes, Jimmy Peak has been trying to turn his life around.
    He has a job, attends church and lives on his own, but he faces a slew of obstacles that come with being an ex-convict.
    Dressed in suit and tie, Peak told those attending a Galax community meeting on Friday about the challenges he’s faced in putting his life back together.