Today's News

  • WWII vet Roy Alderman recalls serving in Pacific

    “My dad never, ever talked about it,” said Louise Bartlett, born in the Twin Counties but residing now in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, daughter of World War II U.S. Navy veteran Roy Alderman. “He was very gentle and easygoing, despite having gone through all that.”

  • GNB, Bank of Floyd to merge

    Staff Report

    The parent companies of Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd will combine.

    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., parent company of Bank of Floyd, and Grayson Bankshares, Inc., parent company of Grayson National Bank, announced the agreement Sunday.

    The two community banks have more than 200 years of combined history.

    A news release said the two recognize a unique opportunity to joining together to serve the community.

  • Sheetz still on track in Galax

    Despite another round of delays, Sheetz is still coming to Galax, according to City Manager Keith Barker.
    The initial delay this summer, said Barker, was due to corporate overhaul of its sign and awning designs.
    “When I talked to Sam Smith, who handles the site planning and permits [for Sheetz],” said Barker, “he said because of the redesign, they had to go back through their engineering department.”

  • Grayson names new schools superintendent

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board ended the months-long search for a new schools superintendent Monday when it announced that Kelly Wilmore was appointed to the position by a unanimous vote.

    Wilmore, who currently serves as the superintendent for Craig County Public Schools, will begin working in Grayson County on Dec. 1, with an annual salary of $111,000.

  • Two charged with robbery by force

    Staff Reports

    Two people have been charged with robbery in connection with an offense that occurred on Sept. 26 in Galax.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Christopher Lee Beasley, 37, of Hillsville, and John Robert Simpson, 25, of Galax, allegedly robbed a Carroll County man, by force, of property valued at more than $200.

    Both individuals were sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where they are being held without bond. A third suspect has yet to be arrested, police said.

  • Woolwine to serve 23 years in son's death


    HILLSVILLE – A Christiansburg man has been sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court for charges stemming from an Oct. 31, 2014 accident that resulted in his son’s death.

    Christopher Dean Woolwine, 30, pleaded guilty in May to felony hit-and-run and second-degree murder in the traffic death of his four-year-old son, Cole Woolwine. Judge Brett Geisler sentenced Woolwine on Oct. 20.

  • Think Pink Day at Oakland

    Oakland Elementary students, teachers and staff wore pink in honor of Carolyn Peddy, a former teacher who passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

    Carolyn, a teacher for more than 30 years, passed away in January 2007 and since then, teacher Sheila Hommema and others have made it their mission to not let the community forget her.

  • Readers Hotline 11/9/15

    Who will you trust?
    I can’t believe what I just read in The Gazette. First, hats off to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark and the five city council members who voted for the “In God We Trust” motto. The two [who voted against the measure] who say they are of faith — who are you going to trust on your deathbed? I bet you pray to God.

    Curb and gutter

  • Cavaliers, Blue Devils ousted in conference tournaments

    SALEM –– Carroll County couldn’t duplicate the formula it used to upend Salem the last time it played on the Spartans’ home floor and the Cavaliers saw their season come to a close Wednesday with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-20 loss in the Conference 24 semifinals.

    Carroll (14-11) had knocked off Salem (11-10) in five sets to manage a regular-season split with the Spartans, but Salem jumped to leads of 8-1 and 11-5 in the first two sets.

  • Tide tops Warriors for region bid

    Forced to cobble together a new rotation in the absence of middle hitter Essence Brown, and given one day to do so, second-seeded Galax responded with a 25-16, 6-25, 25-22, 25-10 win over No. 4 Chilhowie in the second of two Conference 46 volleyball semifinal matches Wednesday at Galax High School.

    The win set up an all-maroon title match, as George Wythe’s top-seeded Maroons knocked off No. 4 Fort Chiswell 25-19, 25-17, 25-23.