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Today's News

  • Miniclier, Arduin indicted

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence dentist and a pharmacist were both indicted on drug charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on Jan. 22.

    Dr. Gordon Miniclier, 58, was indicted on eight charges including: assault on a law enforcement officer (Virginia State Police Special Agent Nicholas Ryan White); one count of distribution of a schedule IV controlled substance; two counts of distribution of a schedule II controlled substance and four counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation of material fact.

  • Alert service expands

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's sending out a message that local officials want to put in place better emergency communications with the public.

    To that end, the Carroll supervisors found out at their Jan. 11 that they will send out alerts to cell phones and e-mail accounts through the nixle.com service.

    Likewise, Hillsville announced they would participate in the messaging service. Then, as if to illustrate its usefulness, the town sent out two notifications within 24 hours.

  • Rooftop facing massive cuts

    With a proposed 62 percent reduction in state funding at Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program, this could lead to a reduction in staff, closing the outreach facilities in Whitetop and Cana, cutting services and decreasing the number of clients by 75 percent, according to Chris Bedsaul, executive director of Rooftop.

  • Fire cause determined at Briarleigh Court

    HILLSVILLE — Fire investigators have narrowed down the cause of the destructive Jan. 9 blaze at Briarleigh Court apartments as much as they can.

    Two weeks of investigation ruled out any electrical or heating device as a cause of the early morning fire that destroyed or heavily damaged 10 apartments and forced 37 people out of their homes.

    "It was an accident, of course," said Joe Roma, Carroll's director of emergency services. "It was started with an open flame — we can't determine if it was a candle or a cigarette."

  • Bill would protect, expand parkway

    To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, members of the U.S. Congress from Virginia and North Carolina have joined together to introduce legislation authorizing the National Park Service to acquire up to 50,000 acres of additional land surrounding the historic roadway.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs through the Twin Counties, will celebrate its anniversary in September.

    Sponsors in the U.S. Senate include Jim Webb (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC)

  • Police target deer

    On almost any given night, 50 deer at one time stand tall, graze the grass and leap through the Galax High School football field, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    While it is quite a sight to behold, the deer have became a nuisance in Galax, causing car accidents and munching residents' yards, vegetable gardens and flower beds.

    Three years ago, Galax City Council advised the police department to look at the deer nuisance as an animal control police issue.

    Since then, the police department has shot and killed more than 200 deer.

  • Drained

    To hear the list of emergencies that the Wood’s River Chapter of the Red Cross responded to since mid-December, it’s been a disastrous month.

    It started with the blizzard that fell on Southwest Virginia Dec. 18, followed by one thing after another for the emergency aid agency that covers the City of Galax and Grayson, Carroll and Wythe counties, said Director Joan Isom. The emergencies ranged from winter weather to a hostage situation at the Wytheville Post Office to a mass displacement of people from apartments in Hillsville to a rash of single-family home fires.

  • Carrico: speed up interstates, slow down APCo

    RICHMOND — While introducing legislation that would slow down Appalachian Power Co.'s ability to increase its rates, Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) is also sponsoring a bill that would increase speeds on Virginia's highways.

    Along with other legislation being offered this year, Carrico is sponsoring HB856, which would increase the general speed limit on highways where it is presently 65 mph to 70.

    Carrico told The Gazette that he was approached by the newly elected governor's policy team to bring the issue before the General Assembly.

  • School's in session

    Finally, the anticipation is over.

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' renovations were complete in late 2009, a slew of Galax city workers and volunteers helped full- and part-time staff move into the former First National Bank building in downtown Galax last week and classes will begin today, Monday, weather permitting.

  • Tide finishes MED season strong

     INDEPENDENCE -- For about 10 minutes, it was shaping up to be the quickest tri-meet in the history of the sport.