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Today's News

  • Vaughan waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Two felony charges against a Galax man accused of fleeing from the scene of a drug sting in April will go to Carroll Circuit Court, but other charges will be taken up by federal prosecutors.
    Police filed multiple charges against Donald Scott Vaughan, 52, after the Twin County Drug Task Force set up a drug buy in the Interstate 77 Exit 14 area.

  • Praisin' in the Park returns

    For Jennifer Morris, coordinator of the 3rd Annual Praisin' in the Park community Bible school, it's about bringing churches together, watching kids make friends and seeing them get to know Jesus.
    Praisin' in the Park, a free event for rising kindergartners through rising sixth graders, will be held July 25-29 in Felts Park in Galax. The community  celebration will begin on Sunday, from 4-7 p.m., with a night of family activities featuring food, games, inflatables and live Christian music from local bands.

  • State zeroing in on liquor store plan

    The leading proposal to get Virginia out of the liquor business is calling for privatizing retail and wholesale operations, and auctioning licenses to distributors and sellers of spirits.
    Under that plan, Virginia could issue 500 to 800 licenses across the state according to a distribution formula, the governor’s senior policy adviser, Eric Finkbeiner, told lobbyists, lawmakers and others at a meeting of the state government reform and restructuring commission.

  • Carroll to USDA: Thanks a (100) million

    HILLSVILLE — County officials have proclaimed Aug. 6 as USDA-Rural Development Celebration Day, to thank the federal agency for providing millions of dollars to help pay for water and sewer systems in Carroll.
    The federal agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided much of the funding to pay for water and sewer projects at the Interstate 77 interchanges in Carroll and along U.S. 58 in Woodlawn, which county officials see as a precursor to greater economic development opportunities.

  • Galax Book Club to hold annual sale

    The Galax Book Club will hold its annual book sale Aug. 11-14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, except 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 14.

    The sale will be in the lower level of Antique Apple on Main Street in Galax. Adult fiction and non-fiction hardback and paperback books, as well as juvenile books and videos, will be sold. The Galax Book Club will contribute all proceeds to the Galax Public Library to use for new books and/or materials to assist the library program.

  • 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.