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Today's News

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/14/09

    Country road is not NASCAR track

    I live in a small community with tranquil woods, hills dotted with cattle and pretty little farms and houses.

    However, the country two-lane road that cuts through our sleepy village connects U.S. 58 with Interstate 77. This is a shortcut or bypass of the 58/I-77 intersection, and is the subject of my complaint.

    What used to be a rural winding country lane has turned into a veritable Autobahn with no posted speed, no traffic signals, no stop signs.

  • Severe winter storm claims one

    With winter officially still on the horizon, frozen roads in Carroll County claimed a second victim from a vehicle crash in one week.

    Virginia State Police are saying that Barbara Larue Allen of Willis died in a one-vehicle accident while driving during the severe storm Friday at about 3:45 p.m. That system dropped more than a foot of snow on the Twin Counties Friday and Saturday.

    The report says that Allen was operating a 2000 Chevy Blazer on Virginia 664, just south of Virginia 662, when she lost control on the snow covered road.

  • Swine flu vaccine available for all

    Any Virginian who wants a vaccine for the swine flu is now free to seek one.

    Previously, the state had asked that only those in high-priority groups step forward for the vaccine that wards against the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. Now that more doses are available, state health commissioner Karen Remley said on Monday that she is opening the door to others.

    "We are wide open for any Virginian," Remley said during a media briefing.

  • Putting nature's power to work

    Harvesting the power of nature with a lightweight, portable, clean electricity generator could cause a surge of retail sales among campers and farmers, according to an academic consultant marketing study.

    First, Christopher Thomas of Woodlawn has to figure out a way to get his patented hydroelectric generator prototype through financing and into production.

    He has sought help for compact water and wind turbines from local economic developers, which in turn led to the market assessment by a group from Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

  • Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas from the staff of The Gazette — "Your News, Your Paper."

  • County policies challenged

    HILLSVILLE — Why rush an unnecessary update to the comprehensive plan while at the same time delaying the real estate reassessment?

    That's question one citizen wants Carroll supervisors to answer.

    When most county residents wanted to talk about a proposed nuisance dog ordinance at the Dec. 7 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, Mike Goldwasser wanted the county officials to explain the differences in their decisions on the comprehensive plan and the reassessment.

    A comprehensive plan helps a locality set goals for 20 years into the future.

  • Meth, guns, cash seized near school

    Two North Carolina men have been charged with drug distribution for allegedly selling drugs on school property in Carroll County.

    Sheriff Warren Manning said deputies responded to Gladeville School around 1 a.m. on Dec. 23, in reference to a call about a vehicle sitting behind the school on Glendale Road.

    Deputies Bobby Lyons and Barry Lineberry found two men sitting in the vehicle. After obtaining permission to search the 2002 Chrysler 300M, the deputies recovered two ounces of methamphetamine and a 9mm pistol.

  • Grayson students excel in college

    INDEPENDENCE — On a night filled with bad news of state funding cuts and delays in the opening of a new school, Grayson County leaders were proud to share with the school board how the school system is preparing its students for the next chapter of their lives.

    Grayson Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett, along with head guidance counselor Margit West, took time to brag on the children during the school board meeting Dec. 14.

  • Head Start receives stimulus funds

    Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program Head Start received $510,513 in federal economic stimulus funds to begin offering an Early Head Start program in May, which will serve 72 income eligible infants, toddlers and pregnant women.

    The money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Cottage Industry

    HILLSVILLE — Through blowing snow and cold, painting and finishing at the workshop keeps on going.

    Undeterred by winter weather, freezing temperatures and wind chills, Cottage 6D at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center stays warm and toasty as workers try and keep pace with orders for custom-made signs and other wood products.

    Staff and residents alike concentrate on tasks like painting, sanding, sealing and assembling cutting boards, customized signs, wall shelves, ornaments and replica sleds emblazoned with scenes of weather and a family's name.