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Today's News

  • Fire destroys Carroll County home — UPDATED

    An April 10 fire destroyed a doublewide home at  Mitchells Crossroads in Carroll County. Hillsville Fire Department volunteers received a call at 11:39 a.m. to 1421 Mitchell’s Crossroads, a home owned by Steven Montgomery.

    They received assistance at the scene from the Barren Springs Fire Department.

    The fire burned through most of the exterior walls, doing major damage to the structure.

    The cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler said it might be electrical in nature.

  • Galax proposes 'realistic' budget

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Members of the Galax City Council met on March 28 to discuss the general and utility fund budgets for fiscal year 2014.
    Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore and City Manager Keith Barker worked together to create a budget that he said was “conservative, yet realistic on both revenue and expenditure costs for the upcoming year.”

  • Carroll woman to appear on 'Tough Grit' show

    WYTHEVILLE — The RFD-TV show “Tough Grit” will feature the Erica Greer of Austinville giving advice, all the while clad in her red work vest, on the proper ways to work with sheep.
    Greer, store manager for the Wytheville Tractor Supply, is a resident of the Carroll side of Austinville.
    The show, a partnership between the retail chain and Grit Magazine  — yes, the same Grit that used to depend on youth to sell subscriptions door-to-door — provides tips on all the chores rural Americans face on a regular basis.

  • Water tank collapses at Vaughan-Bassett plant in Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax shut down operations on Wednesday, after a water tank outside of the factory collapsed, causing structural damages and injuring an employee.
    Employee Johnny Bunn was reportedly near the tank when it collapsed, and was washed down the bank and into Chestnut Creek by the sudden flow of water from the structure.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/10/13

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    Come on people, let’s hear about who the cop was that hit the sign at Walmart. Everybody knows it happened because all the people were running out there.
    Editor’s note: The matter was investigated by the police department and personnel action was taken. No charges or injuries were involved. If it were a civilian in a relatively minor accident in a public parking lot and there was no charge or injury, it likely would not be reported by the newspaper, therefore The Gazette is not publishing the name in this case.

  • Natural gas could flow in Carroll by April 15

     

  • Prison hiring for vocational education jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — In a move that suggests Grayson County’s new state prison will be as much about education as incarceration, the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) is hiring several teaching and instructional positions.
    As the DOC prepares to open the long-awaited River North Correctional Center in October, the department will hold an employment opportunity fair for the public on April 17.

  • Carroll to adjust tax rate in new budget

    HILLSVILLE — Adjusting the real estate tax rate to 68 cents per $100 will make it “revenue neutral” after Carroll County experienced the first drop in property values in three decades, according to a budget presentation at Monday’s supervisors’ meeting.
    The reassessment conducted by Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group reflected a 12 percent decrease in total taxable property values as compared to 2012, the firm’s final report said. The total value came in at $2.33 billion.

  • Illegal whiskey distillery discovered

    AUSTINVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office issued felony warrants on April 4 for the illegal manufacture of untaxed whiskey, and arrested a 42-year-old Austinville man.
    Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that Carroll deputies and agents from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested David Wayne Alley of 6732 Poplar Camp Road after a search of his residence turned up an operational illegal distillery.

  • Arrest Reports 4/10/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.