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Today's News

  • Police: man left scene, hid after wreck

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    A Galax man faces four charges following a single-vehicle traffic accident.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call around 4:40 p.m. on March 31 reporting a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Cardinal Road and Petty Road, just outside the Galax corporate limits.

    Vaughan was the first officer on the scene. He said neighbors described the vehicle as a white SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer. The vehicle left the scene of the accident.

  • Second chance to dance

    HILLSVILLE — For Heather Ramirez, last year’s Second Chance Prom was her first real prom experience.

    “The funny part for me was that I wasn’t able to attend my first prom, but I helped decorate for it in high school,” she told The Gazette. “But it worked out, because the first time actually going to the prom, I went with my husband.”

  • Study: lower speed limits result in fewer wrecks

    After city council approved a controversial speed limit change for Galax back in 2013, Police Chief Rick Clark said the move is keeping citizens safer.

    In his annual report last month, Clark praised council members for lowering the limit. “I applaud you because of your actions,” he said at the meeting. “I appreciate your willingness to do the right thing, even when it wasn’t popular.”

  • Readers Hotline 4/15/15

    Second guessing
    I agree with the caller that Fries, Providence and Mount Rogers schools should have been repaired and left open. Correction, Grayson Highlands School was built at Grant, not at Mount Rogers, which is the upper end of Grayson County. Seems there is no life after Volney going west except at tax time. Also, residents, more money is needed for janitors to clean floors at Grayson Highlands School. This is a proud resident of Whitetop, Va.

    Persecuting Christians

  • Presutti, Bowen announce engagement

    Victoria Ann Presutti and Stephen Preston Bowen announced their upcoming marriage.
    The bride-to-be is the daughter of Susan and C.R. Minor, and R. David Presutti of Morristown, Tenn.

    She was graduated from Morristown Hamblen High School East in 2011.
    She is a student at the University of Tennessee, studying therapeutic recreation and psychology, and is employed by CVS Pharmacy and Studio 7 by Avalon in Morristown.
    The groom-to-be is the son of Stephen and Rhonda Hall Bowen of Mouth of Wilson.

  • Public record for 4/15/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August of 2014, in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Miranda Chandler of Galax, guilty of noise violation; pay $25 fine and $25 costs.

  • Small business incubator's end a sign of success, chairman says

    The Southwest Regional Enterprise Center (SREC) has achieved its goals over the past 14 years and is no longer necessary, said the small business incubator’s chairman.
    On March 25th, the SREC Board of Directors took action to hand off the center’s operations to strategic partners in the region that share a similar mission and voted to dissolve the organization.

  • Readers Hotline 4/13/15

    Saw the light
    Just want to compliment Carroll County High School. When driving by earlier this week, got to see the softball field lights. They are great. I really see how it can bring more games to the local area by them being played at night. I just wonder how long it will be until the baseball team gets the same quality lights. I thought they both had to have lights according to the rules, but who knows. That’s the way things work in Carroll County.

    Robo calls

  • Hospital volunteers give time, comfort

    Emma Jean Catron, Jane Michelfelder and Junior Bullion are seasoned at their trade.

    Except it’s not, technically, a trade, and it only pays back in satisfaction.

    They’re all volunteers with the Twin County Regional Healthcare, each working a slightly different job. Since April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week.

    Under the aegis of TCRH Director of Volunteers Linda Belcher, they came together to describe what they do.

  • Parents ask county to take over school budget

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Representatives of a recently formed citizens’ group told the board of supervisors on Thursday that they feel schools in Grayson County are being mismanaged.

    Although the two representatives from a 500-member group called Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools each asked supervisors to exercise more control over how Grayson schools are run, supervisors who responded said they are limited in what they can do.