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Today's News

  • Russells celebrate 60th anniversary

    Joe and Edith Russell of Baywood celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 13.

    They were married Aug. 13, 1950, in York, S.C.
    They have three children, including a daughter, Barbara Bishop of Willis; and sons Jesse Russell of Baywood and Jerry Russell of Woodlawn.

  • Grimeses celebrate wedding anniversary

    Archie and Hester Grimes celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 29.

    Their family gave them a vow renewal ceremony and reception July 24 at Shorts Creek Church of God.

  • New owner takes over The Diner

    Apart from some few improvements here and there, the staff and the breakfast and lunch menu at The Diner — formerly West Galax Diner — will be left much the same, said Guy Sapone, who took ownership of the restaurant and reopened last Thursday.

  • High-speed Internet coming to Grant

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of the Grant community in Grayson County will soon have access to high speed internet.
    Supervisors held a public hearing last month regarding an application by the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority to construct a tower on the property of Oak Hill Academy.
    Zoning Administrator Lisa Barker said that the tower would serve Grayson Highlands school and help improve communications for the sheriff’s department and rescue squads in the western end of the county.

  • Workers await bridge's fate

    The Virginia Department of Transportation will soon know the fate of a permit to enable Appalachian Power Co. to relocate electrical lines to make way for a new bridge over the New River between Galax and Fries.
    The new structure will replace the aging Carico Memorial Bridge on Virginia 94.

  • Three to run for Carroll sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — Sheriff Warren Manning will retire at the end of his term in 2012, but three potential successors already work in Carroll law enforcement.
    "I'm retiring in a year and five months," Manning told The Gazette on Monday.

    But, he noted that three of Carroll's long-term officers have shared with him their intentions to run for sheriff next year.
    They are Investigator Fred Bobbitt, School Resource Officer J.B. Gardner and Chief Deputy Glenn Nester.

  • McDonnell: budget conservatively, despite surplus

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell told state lawmakers Thursday that most of Virginia’s budget surplus has been spoken for and urged caution as the state deals with fiscal and economic uncertainty.
    Virginia finished the fiscal year with a surplus of $403.2 million because of stronger-than-expected tax collections and spending restraint by state agencies.

  • Virginia's unemployment rate holds steady in July

    Virginia's unemployment rate held steady in July at the 7.1 percent rate from June, partly because of a drop in the number of jobless people seeking work, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
    The latest rate was up from 6.9 percent a year earlier. The rates weren't adjusted for seasonal factors.
    The number employed in the state last month fell by 41,500, or slightly more than 1 percent, from June because of seasonal cutbacks, including schools closing for the summer, the VEC noted.

  • Rabies cases reported in Galax, Carroll

    The Mount Rogers Health District is reminding the public that rabies is an ever-present threat and that everyone should be careful to protect the community by getting rabies vaccinations for their pets.
    So far this year, 15 animals have tested positive for rabies in the district: one raccoon in Galax; three raccoons, one red fox, one gray fox, and one skunk in Carroll County; one raccoon in Bland County; one cow in Washington County; one cat and one bat in Wythe County; and two raccoons, one gray fox, and one skunk in Smyth County.

  • Backpack Buddies program to return

    Backpack Buddies will, for the second year, begin serving children at Galax Elementary, Galax Middle and Galax High on Sept. 3.
    Last year, Backpack Buddies, a program designed to feed children over the weekend that may go hungry, served 172 Galax children throughout the school year.
    Backpack Buddies is a new, national, community-based program with about 150 organizations in the country that help provide nutritious, non-perishable meals and healthy snacks to children in need.