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Today's News

  • Shank named Carroll assistant administrator

    Just before 2009-2010 budget work sessions begin for Galax, the city's Director of Finance, Nikki Shank, has decided to resign and take a position as assistant county administrator in Carroll County.

    Shank said she put in her notice Feb. 5 and her last day will be Feb. 27.

    “The opportunity came up, and I'm looking forward to going to Carroll,” she said. “It's sad to be leaving the city .”

    Before becoming the city's director of finance in August 2004, Shank worked seven years as assistant finance director for the Town of Pulaski.

  • New school won't be ready by fall

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite earlier hopes that the Grayson Highlands School being built in the Western end of Grayson County would be complete prior to the start of the 2009-10 school year, contractors are now saying it will be December at the earliest.

    Mark Vannoy and Rodney Childress of J.R. Vannoy and Sons and Frank Williams of Pinnacle Architecture fielded questions from the Grayson School Board during its regular meeting Monday night.

    Board Member Shannon Holdaway wasted no time asking the tough questions and wanted to know the exact date construction began.

  • Virginia legislators disclose gifts

    General Assembly members reported accepting $222,937 in freebies last year, according to statements of economic interest filed by legislators in January.

    Virginia law allows politicians to receive gifts intended for their personal benefit, and does not limit the amount they can accept from special interests. The state requires only that any expenditure of $50 or more be reported.

    Lawmakers representing the Twin Counties accepted gifts in 2008 ranging from $53 for a single dinner to nearly $4,800 in dinners, speaker fees and NCAA tournament tickets.

  • Drugs, guns seized near school

    HILLSVILLE — Local police charged four people and seized nearly six pounds of marijuana, 28 guns and $12,800 in cash when they searched a home at 604 Woodlawn Road at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning reports.

    Carroll Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Venton Smith — working with colleagues from the Hillsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police — got the search warrant for the home of Charles Terry Caudill, 52, the sheriff said.

  • Lambsburg Rescue still in limbo

    HILLSVILLE — While a Lambsburg resident objected strongly to the halt on dispatching his community's volunteer rescue squad, the Carroll supervisors at their Feb. 9 meeting stood by the administrative decision to put a stop to the agency's emergency medical response.

    The action followed an alleged breach of protocol in December 2008, when Lambsburg Rescue Squad members did not provide necessary advanced life support on a call involving a heart attack.

  • Town officials question decision not to re-open Hillsville Rescue

    HILLSVILLE — In trying to restart the town's rescue squad, Hillsville officials find they do not have the necessary support from Carroll County.

    Officials closed Hillsville Rescue Squad four years ago after a former captain inappropriately used an ambulance to haul furniture from Marion to Hillsville, but last year Hillsville Town Council members started a push to reopen the agency.

    The process of reinstating the squad, however, required a "certificate of need" from the Carroll Board of Supervisors.

  • Proactive Police Force

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark opened his annual crime report to city council last Monday by first noting that he was accused by a caller in The Gazette's Reader Hotline for being oblivious to some forms of crime that happen in Galax.

    But instead of knocking the Galax Police Department, we should take the time to praise the officers for being proactive and for stepping into harm's way for their fellow citizens.

    The department is not just watching crime happen. It is doing something about it.

  • Tide survives another Bland scare

    MAX MEADOWS "" Under the bucket and in traffic with a chance to give Galax the win with either a layup or a free throw, Deion George kicked the ball 20 feet outside to Scott Alouf. By going backwards, the Maroon Tide is going forward.

    Alouf calmly drilled a 3-pointer at the horn as Galax took a thrilling 56-53 win in the Mountain Empire District semifinals Wednesday at Fort Chiswell High School. The Maroon Tide will face Fort Chiswell, an 89-83 winner over Grayson County, in tonight’s championship game at 6 p.m.

  • Devils fall to Pioneers

    MAX MEADOWS –– Tyler Akers, Andrew White and Hody Viars combined to score 72 of Fort Chiswell’s 89 points and the Pioneers outlasted Grayson County 89-83 in the Mountain Empire District semifinals Wednesday.

    The second-seeded Blue Devils (15-8) and the No. 3 Pioneers (9-13) battled through nine ties and 13 lead changes before Fort Chiswell took the lead for good with 2:15 left in the third period when Andrew White scored from close range for a 52-51 Pioneer lead.

  • Revenue Up In Smoke

    It was encouraging to see Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the General Assembly clear the air between them and compromise on a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

    What for so long was denounced as a challenge to personal choice and a detriment to businesses was finally seen for what it really is — a public health issue. Choosing to smoke is a personal choice, but doing it in a confined space can infringe on others' rights to be healthy and smoke-free.