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Today's News

  • Art school to hold first class on Feb. 1

    The City of Galax has made plans to sell Chestnut Creek School of the Arts tax credits to Carter Bank & Trust, with arrangements to be finalized by the end of March.

    CCSA has been in the making for six years. The art school has been temporarily housed in the Vaughan building, beside the Galax Public Library, holding classes there for more than a year while its permanent home is established at the former First National Bank building at the corner of Main and Grayson streets downtown.

  • Boucher looking ahead

    Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) is co-sponsoring a bill that could help the federal government create a balanced budget, and that's just of one of his priorities for 2010.

    The U.S. House of Representatives member made his annual visit to The Gazette on Dec. 30, outlining plans for the new year and looking back on 2009.

    The budget bill would create a commission, comprised of non-congressional members, that would look at all areas of federal spending and federal revenue and make comprehensive recommendations that would lead to a balanced budget, he said.

  • State of the Art

    RICHMOND — A Grayson County man's artwork is on display in the General Assembly Building in downtown Richmond.

    Todd Price — business owner, sign maker and fine artist and designer — was recently invited to feature a collection of his artwork in the state's capital.

    Price's paintings will be on display throughout the Virginia General Assembly's legislative session, Jan. 13 through March 13.

  • The Gazette's 2009 Editorial Awards

    Many memorable events marked 2009, but most we'd like to forget.

    It was a year of economic turmoil, swine flu freak-outs, bank robbers in fake wigs and partisan political pandemonium.

    A bear got loose in a Hillsville corn maze at Halloween, but Carroll County punished dogs by enacting a trespassing law aimed at them.

    Two women were fired for taking nude pictures of nursing home residents. Why, we don't know. Is there a market for “Grandpas Gone Wild” videos?

  • Driver thanks anonymous helpers

    It's an unusual situation when an anonymous man wants to thank his anonymous benefactors, but that's just what a Baywood resident is asking.

    The man, who did not wish to be identified, contacted The Gazette wishing to recognize the people who helped him when he lost a load of lumber in a curve last month.

  • Federal anti-gang bill hits a snag

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott's two-year effort to refocus the battle against juvenile and gang crime to prevention programs that would cost billions of dollars appears to be picking up steam.

    More than half the members of the U.S. House — 234 lawmakers — have signed on as co-sponsors of the Virginia Democrat's bill.

    Scott's legislation would spend $2 billion over five years to underwrite what he calls "evidence-based prevention programs" to reach high-risk youths before they turn to gangs and crime.

  • New chapter begins at Galax library

    Melanie Hemingway, the new director of Galax-Carroll Regional Library system, said she is hoping to increase public awareness of what the library has to offer.

    Hemingway, who took the position in October, replaced Laura Bryant, who retired as long-time director this past summer.

    “I would like to see the library become the focal point for information,” said Hemingway. “I'm open to hearing from anyone about improving library services and to aim for the goals the public has.”

  • You can do this!

    As the new year begins, many smokers will resolve to quit for good in 2010.

    Some will be able to quit easily, even if they've been puffing away for years. For others, it will be like giving up breathing.

    Breaking the habit becomes even more important in 2010, as both Virginia and North Carolina have banned smoking in most restaurants and bars.

    Not to mention, you'll smell better and you'll have more money in your pocket. Who wouldn't want that?

  • Ground broken for firehouse

    FRIES — The Town of Fries took the first step in redeveloping the old mill town into an economic destination with a groundbreaking on a $1.2 million fire department Wednesday morning.

    The fire department owns the land and building of the existing fire hall and will simply swap with the town for the new land. Fries will then turn the old fire department building over to the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, which will market the property, much like it is doing with the old mill site.

  • Tide wrestlers split pair of close matches

    Galax closed out 2009 with a couple of close matches against nondistrict opposition, dropping a one-point decision to Abingdon while edging Alleghany, N.C. by eight points. The Maroon Tide gave up 12 points in forfeit losses and lost a possible 12 more points on double forfeits in falling to Abingdon 35-34.