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Today's News

  • Common Creed

    Tanya Gonyo was just seven months old when her grandfather Kyle Creed, a local old-time music legend, passed away in 1982.

    But when Gonyo, now 27, of Richmond, stepped into the Stringbean Coffee Shop on Sept. 12 and saw hundreds of old pictures and banjos her grandfather made, the overwhelming feeling brought tears to her eyes as she realized what his banjo playing and instrument making has inspired.

  • Constitution Day Celebration

    BAYWOOD ee* Students at Baywood Elementary showed their pride to be citizens of America during a Constitution Day program held at the school last Thursday.

    The program was hosted by Mrs. Fleming's third-grade class and had been performed for the school's Parent Teacher Organization earlier that week.

    The celebration was part of a national day that celebrates the birth of the United States' government. It was on Sept. 17, 1787, that the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

  • Concert series celebrates 10 years

    Most every Friday night, the sounds of the mountains ride the radio airwaves down the backroads of Virginia and North Carolina, from the Blue Ridge Mountains down to the Piedmont.

    For a decade, that traditional string music has been broadcast from Galax on WBRF-98.1 FM, which sends out 100,000 watts of old-time and bluegrass music from the stage of the historic Rex Theater in downtown Galax.

    The powerhouse radio station, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, will celebrate a decade of promoting and presenting the traditional string music that Galax is known for.

  • Renewed Pride

    The American Constitution begins with "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

    Last week, Baywood Elementary students performed a program honoring Constitution Day ee* the birthday of America's government, Sept. 17 ee* and it was enough to make anyone proud to be an American.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/21/09

    Trail helps us celebrate heritage

    I read a wonderful article by April Wright in the Dec. 15-16, 2008, edition of the Gazette, titled “Money Trail.”

    The article focused on the $23 million economic impact that the Crooked Road initiative brought to 10 counties and 19 towns stretching from Dickenson to Franklin County.

    Of the $23 million, $13 million was attributed to direct sales of goods. The foundation for the Crooked Road was a regional effort to promote our heritage; one consisting of natural amenities, music and artisans.

  • Grand jury issues 200 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's grand jury had a full docket Monday, and considered more than 200 indictments, including cases involving a murder and two unrelated bank robberies in the Twin Counties this year.

  • Smith: Carroll can save on school construction

    HILLSVILLE — The big challenge for Carroll County Public Schools — beyond swine flu virus and Virginia’s budget crisis — is finishing the school construction program, Superintendent Greg Smith said in a “state of the schools” address Sept. 14.

  • Barker named interim city manager

    Keith Barker was named interim city manager during a called meeting of Galax City Council last Thursday.

    Barker will replace City Manager Keith Holland, who has resigned effective Oct. 2.

    He also was appointed to replace Holland on the social services committee, on Virginia’s aCorridor, and on the E911 and Galax-Grayson Emergency Services boards.

    Other board appointments will be discussed at the next city council meeting Oct. 12.

  • Former Carroll school employee found guilty

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County Public Schools employee didn’t fight a charge that he took money from school vending machines during his 12-year stint as a custodian.

    James T. Spicer, 55, of Hillsville appeared in Carroll County Circuit Count on Monday and entered a “no contest” plea to one count of grand larceny.

    That was after Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Boyer asked the court to dismiss seven other counts of grand larceny without cause.

  • Towe guilty in fatal alcohol-related crash

    HILLSVILLE — A Cana man pleaded guilty Monday for an October 2008 alcohol-related vehicle crash that caused the death of a Middlesex, N.C., woman and injured two others.

    Stephen Edwin Towe, 42, will spend 13 years in prison. He entered a guilty plea in Carroll County Circuit Court to three charges stemming from the accident.

    The crash occurred when Towe, driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora, crossed the center line of Woodlawn Road and struck a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, according to a report by Virginia State Police. Ashley Nicole Whitaker was driving the Cobalt at the time.