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Today's News

  • School opening delayed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools will open one week later than anticipated as completion of the turning lanes for the new Grayson Highlands School looms.
    Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas requested the delay at a special called meeting Monday night.
    “The school board approved revisions of our 2010-11 school calendar,” Thomas told The Gazette on Tuesday, meaning that the opening of school all opening activities will be moved ahead seven days.

  • Kennedy pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — The last of several Twin County residents implicated in an illegal drug case pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
    With Kenneth Joe Kennedy signing a plea agreement in federal court, prosecutors have netted convictions against three Galax residents and two Hillsville men in 2010.

  • Charges pending against driver

    Juanita Burnette of Galax was traveling east on Stuart Drive on July 22 when she came upon a work zone maintained by American Electric Power, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    She tried to merge into the left lane and struck Mary Smith of Hillsville, also traveling east.

    After she hit Smith’s vehicle, she hit an AEP truck and her vehicle overturned.

    Charges are pending against Burnette.

  • Two charged with thefts from vehicles

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with four counts of grand larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle.
    Rhyan Lee Isom and David W. Rodriguez, both age 18, were charged on July 22 with breaking in to four cars parked in residences' driveways. All the vehicles were left unlocked, with valuables in plain sight, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    The suspects took $3,000 worth of items — most of which have been recovered. The items stolen included cash, credit cards and electronic devices.

  • Church sets 'The Lamb's Table'

    INDEPENDENCE — The table is set and waiting for those in need of a home-cooked meal.
    On July 20, Independence First United Methodist Church — with assistance from area churches, organizations and volunteers — began offering “The Lamb's Table,” a Tuesday night supper at the church's fellowship hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

  • Carroll working with RV resort developer

    HILLSVILLE — Planning officials in Carroll continue to work with a luxury RV resort development next to the New River Trail State Park.
    Chestnut Creek RV Estates' request for a lot size variance came before the Carroll planning commission July 15, and the commission discussed the matter for about 30 minutes, according to Ronald Newman, assistant county administrator.

  • Pot-like products get state's attention

    It goes by many names: K2, Cloud 9, Spice, Magic Gold, Buzz, Smoke, Skunk.
    The melange of herbs sprayed with a synthetic marijuana substitute is blooming in popularity, and making users sick and being outlawed as it does.
    The stuff, still legal in Virginia, is the latest in the cycle of designer drugs to hit the market, only to be banned as the law catches up to them.

  • State launches energy conservation web site

    The state has launched a web site and educational campaign called Virginia Energy Sense to help consumers understand more about their energy use and encourage them to conserve.
    The effort is part of a goal established by the General Assembly to cut the state’s electricity consumption by 10 percent from 2006 levels in the next 22 years. State agencies have estimated that such a reduction would postpone the need to build four to five new power plants and could save consumers between $200 million and $700 million, according to the web site, www.virginiaenergysense.org.

  • Man killed in U.S. 52 crash

    HILLSVILLE — A 74-year-old Greensboro, N.C., man died as a result of a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 52 Wednesday, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    Melvin Wayne Black died after being taken to the hospital.
    The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when a 1998 Toyota 4Runner, heading south on 52, crossed the center line, ran off the side of the road and struck a tree, according to the report by Trooper R.B. Phipps.
    The victim had a severe head trauma, even though he was belted in and the airbag deployed during the accident.

  • New stage will be ready for fiddlers' convention

    The Felts Park permanent stage, being constructed by Branson Construction of Chilhowie, was slated to reach substantial completion on July 25, meaning that it will be ready in time for the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention the second week in August.