Today's News

  • Turns two

    Oliver Gray Smith celebrated his second birthday with an Elmo party in Bursa, Turkey. Oliver is the son of Daniel and Priscila Smith, formerly of Galax.

    He is the grandson of Danny and Andrea Smith of Galax, and Vanir and Lourdes Cardoso of Florianopolis, Brazil. He is the great grandson of Wilma Smith and the late Gene Smith and the late Gordon and Dell Farmer.

  • Public record for 5/16/12 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 23-March 12 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 5/14/12

    Tender care
    I merely want to thank the Twin County Regional Hospital emergency room for excellent professional care while I was in their care. The loving, caring, tender care that they showed me is beyond mere words and certainly a credit to Galax.

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  • Rural post offices spared

    The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service announced a new strategy that could keep the nation’s smallest post offices open for business, yet reduce the number of hours they are open.
    The plan provides a framework to achieve significant cost savings as part of the plan to return the organization to financial stability.
    Existing post offices would continue to operate, but some would have modified retail window hours to match customer use.

  • Teachers will break even in Galax school budget

    To offset the 5 percent increase in the Virginia Retirement System and increases in medical insurance and group life insurance, Galax School Board requested more than $200,000 from the city to allow faculty and staff to break even on their paychecks next school year.
    Schools and localities must give employees a 5 percent raise to offset the cost of contributions. Galax City Public Schools will raise salaries by 6.25 percent, which will allow teachers to take home the same net pay next school year as this school year.

  • Judge rules in favor of training center families

    RICHMOND — Family members with loved ones at state training centers scheduled to close will be heard in federal court before Judge John Gibney Jr., after an order issued May 9.
    Several family members, including Loretta Evans of Galax, filed a motion on behalf of their loved ones in the case being heard by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • Home Delivery: Donated house arrives at destination


  • Free medical clinic needs community's help

    By Toni Fowler of Galax

  • Smith to lead Richmond County schools

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll schools will soon begin the search for a new superintendent as Greg Smith has announced his intention to lead the Richmond County Public Schools, effective July 1.

    Smith will continue to work for Carroll County Public Schools until June 30, ending his five-year tenure.

  • Eleven apply for school chief job

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School Board received 11 applications for the soon-to-be vacant division superintendent position.
    According to information provided to The Gazette, there were 18 inquiries, but only 11 full applications.
    In terms of experience, three applicants are current or former superintendents, two are assistant or deputy superintendents, three are central office administrators, two are principals or building-level administrators and one was classified as “other.”
    Of the 11 applicants, seven are men and four are women.