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Today's News

  • Voices of the Twin Counties Feature

    The Gazette wants to find writers from Galax, Carroll and Grayson to participate in a  new website feature.
    Along with the new capabilities on our totally renovated website, www.galaxgazette.com, the newspaper is launching an "author's corner."

  • New Independence council members take office

    A new face and a familiar face took office July 1 as newly-elected members of Independence Town Council.
    Jeremy Walters, a write-in candidate, and Buddy Halsey, after a four year hiatus, attended their first council meeting July 13.
    Walters, 32, is employed as a machinist with GE Aviation in West Jefferson, N.C. He is married with a five-year-old son.
    Walters is a member of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department and line officer. His hobbies include mountain biking, bass fishing, softball and spending time with his family.

  • Grayson Artisans welcome visitors to studios

    Grayson County Artisans, a non-profit group organized to showcase the work of professional artists and craftsmen in the area, will host its 7th annual Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25.

  • Analysis: Much ado about nothing

    Don’t begrudge Tom Hale for looking.

    Pulaski County turned to one of its former players, Todd Jones of Essex High School, to fill its vacant head football coaching position. Nobody knows how close Carroll County came to losing its coach, Tom Hale, who interviewed for the position, but fortunately, the search for the Cavaliers' next coach ended before it began.

  • Consignment store items to be returned

    Nearly 150 frustrated vendors are waiting to get their money and merchandise that was up for sale at Alice's Fine Consign, located at 117 E. Grayson St. in downtown Galax, after the owners of the business closed up shop without notice.
    Now, it's up to the owner of the building, Devan Freeman, to sort through the mess that was left behind by merchants and their step-daughter and her friend that took over management of the store in May.
    Alice's has been located in downtown Galax for a year.

  • Dowell pleads guilty to drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Fancy Gap man pleaded guilty to a charge of distribution of methamphetamine in U.S. District Court in Roanoke Monday.
    A federal grand jury indicted Cory Johnathan Dowell last May of possessing more than 50 grams of a mixture containing meth, a schedule II narcotic, according to court papers.
    Dowell appeared in the federal court to answer the charge, stemming from an arrest last August, and entered a guilty plea.

  • Police probe baby's death

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 1-month, 18-day-old baby who died last Friday.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said 911 dispatchers received a call at 10:57 a.m. about a baby that was unresponsive.
    Two members of the sheriff’s department, Deputy Rhonda Halsey and Investigator Todd Perkins, arrived at the mobile home at 4834 Old Bridle Creek Road a short time later. A family member was performing CPR and Halsey took over.

  • The Sweet Science of BBQ

    "It's not rocket science. It's not saving lives. It's just barbecue," says Lonnie Smith of Bubba Grills, explaining why he has devoted his life to smoking pork and chasing trophies. "It's about food. It's about family."
    Smith shouldn't sell himself short. While the Haddock, Ga., team — this year's grand champion of the 6th Annual Smoke On The Mountain state barbecue cook-off in Galax, held this past weekend — looks at cooking as fun, there's some sweet science involved.

  • Public record for 7/21/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September 2009 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • New cameras can recognize, analyze license plates

    INDEPENDENCE —  The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is using a recently acquired new technology that allows officers to automatically read license plates and compare them to wanted vehicle databases.
    The ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) was paid for with a state Homeland Security grant.