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Today's News

  • Convention camping rumor debunked

    As the 78th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention approaches, rumors of rain damage in Felts Park causing problems for the city’s largest annual event are running rampant. Fortunately, a phone call to Tom Jones of the Galax Moose Lodge, publicity chairman for the event, dried up that flood of falsehoods.
    “The fiddlers’ convention will go on,” he told The Gazette on Thursday. “We’ve been out here working all day, and as far as I know right now, everything is ready to go just like it is.”

  • Galax man faces assault, kidnapping charges in Ohio

    By AMBER GILLENWATER
    Copyright 2013, Gallipolis (Ohio) Daily Tribune
    Reprinted with permission

    GALLIPOLIS, Ohio. — A Galax, Va., man accused of assaulting and holding his wife against her will was arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County, Ohio, earlier this month.
    Matthew L. Rupe, 33, of Sherwood Road in Galax, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony domestic violence and kidnapping during a hearing on July 12 in the common pleas courtroom.

  • Grayson resource officers' fates in question

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received a grant from the Criminal Justice Services Board in June to add full-time school resource officers (SRO) to both Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School, but discussion at the last Grayson County School Board meeting could change that.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to fund the two SRO positions in a meeting June 27, but the grant requires Grayson to provide local effort funding, which would increase each year until it fully funded the positions on its own.

  • Webb recovers from fire at plant

    Days after a press machine caught fire at the Webb Furniture particleboard plant in Galax, plant manager Junior Frazier reports that things are almost back to normal at the facility.
    “The biggest part of the plant didn’t lose any time. There was only a slight halt in production,” he told The Gazette on Thursday, two days after the fire. “All electrical repairs have been made, and a company from Roanoke is working on hydraulics repairs today [Thursday].”

  • Road fixes take time

    If there’s anything that the Twin Counties are tired of right now, it’s rain. We’re tired of rain forecasts, stories about floods and announcements about road closures.
    Thankfully, things appear to be clearing up at this point. The ground is drying up, repairs are being made, and events are going forward as planned…. and yes, this means a green light for the fiddlers’ convention.
    The city, however, is feeling quite an aftershock.

  • Felons' voting rights will be restored

    If all goes according to plan, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration projects that over six months, it can restore voting rights to one in 10 eligible people who lost them to nonviolent felony convictions.
    That bold undertaking, which could benefit 10,000 of an estimated 100,000 nonviolent felons who’ve completed their terms, is not without its challenges, though.
    Chief among them is locating scores of Virginians who forfeited their rights to vote, a task complicated by a system of spotty electronic state records that go back only to 1995.

  • Heavy equipment auction could be Carroll's largest ever

    HILLSVILLE — Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will put at least 200 lots of heavy construction equipment on the block at an Aug. 14 sale at Wildwood.
    The auction company welcomes more consigners, but the majority of the lots, 180, come from DLB Construction in Hillsville.
    Owner Don Branscome selected Ritchie Bros. for the auction based on their wide marketing campaigns and international reach when it comes to sales.

  • APCo to invest $3.9M in Wildwood

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) held its regional economic development briefing on Tuesday at Crossroads Institute, where members gave a progress update on several regional initiatives and projects in Carroll County, Grayson County and the City of Galax.

  • Woodlawn man killed in Tennessee crash

    HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A 45-year-old Woodlawn, Va., man was among the four people killed when a tractor-trailer struck a cow on Interstate 40 and set in motion a crash with two other vehicles Tuesday evening.
    Reports name Brian Lederer of Woodlawn as a passenger in the tractor trailer and the driver as Rodney Price, 49, from North Carolina, both of whom died after the incident, according to WTVF Channel 5 and other Tennessee news outlets.

  • Police say suspect took off after traffic stop

    HILLSVILLE — Confronted with a Monday afternoon traffic stop on U.S. 58 by a Hillsville police officer for nothing more significant than improper registration, a 49-year-old Woodlawn man decided to jackrabbit from the scene.
    Investigator Alan Gravley reported that he saw an improperly registered red 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Ronald Lee Davis and pulled it over at about 2:45 p.m. near Gardners Mill Road, according to an Hillsville Police Department news release.