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Today's News

  • Boucher looks back on 28 years of service

    For 28 years, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher divided his time between the mountains of Southwest Virginia and the ornate buildings on Capitol Hill.
    By all accounts, the long-serving congressman's roots and life in the 9th District thoroughly influenced his work in Washington — and vice versa.

    Boucher was known on Capitol Hill for his work on the cutting edge of technology and telecommunications, and he consistently tried to use that knowledge to build a 21st century economy in Southwest Virginia.

  • WHAT WAS THE TOP STORY OF 2010?

     

    VOTING HAS CLOSED

    Results will appear in the Jan. 7, 2011 edition of The Gazette.

  • Snow, slick roads lead to I-77 wrecks

    A chain reaction of crashes in the snow and ice on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday resulted in minor injuries.
    The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department was responding to a single-car crash involving a vehicle on its side on Sunday afternoon when firefighters received a call to a three-car accident in the southbound lanes of I-77, near the 21 milemarker.

    The crash involved a tractor trailer and six other vehicles.

  • Extension changes opposed

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE and BEN BOMBERGER
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Severe cuts to Virginia Cooperative Service personnel is no way to grow a new generation of community leaders, said concerned citizens protesting the agency's restructuring.
    Five speakers talked to the Carroll Board of Supervisors earlier this month about the benefits of having an Extension office and personnel in the county — not five counties sharing one.

  • Spring Valley added to landmarks registry

    The latest additions to the Virginia Landmarks Register, announced last week, include more than 4,000 acres of northeastern Grayson County.
    The Spring Valley Rural Historic District recognizes the community as a center of farming and commercial agriculture in Southwest Virginia.

    The district also will be considered for the National Register of Historic Places.
    The application for historic landmark status was prepared by Hill Studio in Roanoke, on behalf of Spring Valley property owner Donald Philen, who privately sponsored this project.

  • 911 call includes 'begging' voice, gunshots

    SPARTA, N.C. — The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department may not have a body, but it does have a 911 tape of a man begging not to be killed.
    A Cana, Va., couple and a Mount Airy man have been charged with the murder of Michael Thomas Hawks, 40, of Mount Airy.
    The sheriff’s office received the call on Oct. 26 at 7:30 a.m. and later heard “muffled gunshots” in the background before the call ended.
    The information was taken off of a search warrant obtained to search the home of Wayne Thomas Lawson Jr., 39, of Mount Airy, N.C.

  • Gooch Harmon remembered as historian, businessman

    WOODLAWN — Gooch Harmon — noted local historian, clothing and boot outlet proprietor and car dealer — passed away at his home on Christmas Day at the age of 82.
    Gleaves “Gooch” Howard Harmon Jr. of Woodlawn was recently profiled by The Gazette, for his vast collection of relics preserving many aspects of Carroll County's past.

    Harmon's Museum is a local landmark, housed in the Woodlawn outlet stores billed as the "Boot Capital of Virginia.”

  • Seeing the results

    A trio of new job announcements were welcome news in the two weeks before Christmas — a positive end to a year of economic stagnation. A new solar panel product line at Guardian Industries in Galax will create 40 jobs; Bucyrus in Hillsville will add 32 workers and a new company, Independence Homes, will employ 42 people after it opens in Grayson County.

  • Biodiesel producer fueling change in Carroll, Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — The owner of Red Birch Energy sees farmers and truck stop owners as the new oil barons as people make the switch to biodiesel for their transportation needs.
    Businessman Dean Price presents the idea for change as the ultimate “shop local” campaign, where American farmers supply the fuels and keep the economic benefits in the community, instead of sending that money to foreign oil suppliers.

  • Galax to spend more on snow removal

    With the snowfalls and an ice storm that have already happened this year, Galax can only hope for a milder winter in 2011, said City Manager Keith Barker, as the city looks at new ways of preparing for the worst.

    Last year, the city budgeted $80,000 for snow removal and $20,000 for overtime. However, the city spent well over $150,000 clearing snow and ice last year, with at least $97,400 spent on snow removal materials alone, and another $26,600 in overtime pay for crew.