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Today's News

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/2/09-11/4/09

    Buy local, build economy

    I was pleased to see Patrick Butler's letter asking readers to "bring change and buy local," supporting our local business owners. I would like to emphasize another reason to do so: the multiplier effect.

    When you spend a dollar at a locally owned business, that dollar is likely to circulate several times in our community, multiplying its impact on the local economy, while a dollar spent at a large chain business will likely leave the area after that one transaction.

  • Don't call it grassroots

    Letting people have their say in the appropriate venue is always a good thing.

    If thinking about a certain topic — say an electric utility's requested rate increase in recessionary times — creates a burning feeling in the pit of a citizen's stomach, it's that person's right to speak up.

    This especially applies if that regular joe needs to express those thoughts to government bureaucrats.

  • McDonnell and GOP win state races, sweep Twin Counties

    Bob McDonnell steamrolled Creigh Deeds in Tuesday's gubernatorial election as part of a dominating night for Republican candidates who prevailed in the other two statewide races and gained seats to increase the party's majority in the House of Delegates.

    The Republican ticket swept the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties, as well.

    "Working together as Virginians, we will find those new ways to solve the problems that face us and to create more jobs and new opportunities," McDonnell told supporters during his victory speech.

  • Police respond to CCIS threat

    HILLSVILLE — The school day at Carroll County Intermediate came to an abrupt end after staff at the school opened an envelope with a double threat inside.

    It contained both a white powder and a written bomb threat, according to Kevin Harris, director of personnel, who was on scene helping with the response alongside Virginia State Police with a bomb search dog, Hillsville police officers, Carroll County deputies, Carroll EMS, school and county officials and more.

  • Man charged with child porn possession

    A Galax man has been charged with possession of child pornography after officers searched his home.

    Richard Lee Taylor, 37, of 752 Beech Grove Lane, was charged with possession of child pornography after investigators found numerous child pornography files on his computer.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said investigators received information that an individual at the above address was downloading child pornography from the Internet.

  • Rec roof bids under review

    FRIES — Bids to put a new roof on the Town of Fries' recreation center remain under review after coming in much higher than expected.

    Fries Town Manager Brian Reed was asked about the process during the town council meeting Tuesday night and, while he didn't have much new information, he said bids continue to be reviewed.

    In August, bids were received for the project after a four-year battle for permanent authority ended when the Federal Communications Commission dismissed all petitions to deny U.S. Cellular's tower placement across the New River from the town.

  • Medicaid fraud case investigated

    HILLSVILLE — A local psychologist has pleaded guilty to medical assistance fraud and repaid more than $38,000 in Carroll County Circuit Court on Oct. 28.

    Jeanne Marie Watson, a licensed professional counselor and Medicaid provider of testing and counseling services, had previously operated the Appalachian Psychological Trauma Center in Hillsville, according to information from Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Goad.

    Originally charged with 12 counts of fraud, Watson pleaded guilty to three counts.

  • Irwin files for recount of Wilson District results

    INDEPENDENCE — The wheels are in motion for a recount of the Wilson District election results in Grayson County.

    Challenger Kate Irwin, a Democrat, told The Gazette on Friday that she has started the process of filing for a recount, after losing the election by four votes to incumbent Mike Maynard.

    "I feel it was a really great race, and because it's so close, I feel I owe it to everyone who voted for me and supported me to make sure the count is accurate," she said.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/9/09

    Easy solution for illegals

    I had said that illegals get a free ride on health care because they get free service from hospitals that insured patients pay for with hidden administrative charges on our bills.

    A Hotline caller asked if those illegals should be allowed to die in the parking lot by being refused service. They also asked for a solution.

    No, and that’s the most ridiculous question anyone could ask.

  • All gave some, some gave all

    Well done good and faithful vet,

    You have served faithfully day by day,

    And honored our precious nation,

    That we proudly call the USA.

    You left your home and loved ones,

    And all your dreams and plans,

    To protect the freedoms we hold dear,

    At home and in foreign lands.

    With a heroes heart you went forth,

    To do all that you could do,

    As you offered your life to protect us all,

    Under our old red, white and blue.

    No glory did you seek for self,