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Today's News

  • Zoning change would allow new fundraising events

    INDEPENDENCE — Times are tough throughout the Twin Counties and local fire departments and rescue squads are looking for new ways to bring in revenue.

    Nearly a year ago, Independence Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Smith approached the Grayson Planning Commission looking for a change to the county's zoning ordinance to allow firefighters to host a lawn mower racing fundraiser.

    The events draw big crowds and are lucrative events for non-profit agencies. A similar race each summer in Galax packs the grandstands with thousands of spectators.

  • A Scary Reminder

    It's far too easy to forget the mistakes of the past, as they recede further and further into the rearview mirror.

    All it takes is another near-tragedy to remind us that some simple protective measures still have not been taken more than one year after a tragic accident that left two women dead and three others injured.

    On Dec. 10, 2007, a car struck a propane tank at a laundromat in Fries, and the gas that leaked as a result ignited into a deadly fireball.

  • Seized Hillsville dogs may be sold to shelter

    The Hillsville kennel owner whose 63 dogs were seized last month from what state police called "deplorable" conditions is considering selling the dogs to the Angels of Assisi shelter in Roanoke.

    Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott County, the attorney representing David Winesett, said Tuesday that his client is getting out of the dog breeding business.

    "It has just taken a toll on him going through all this," Kilgore said.

  • Galax bombs Carroll 55-42

    Galax knocked down nine 3-pointers and clamped down defensively for the first two periods, taking a 55-42 nondistrict win over Carroll County.

    Outsized at nearly every position, the Cavaliers (1-6) planned on making the Maroon Tide (6-1) win it from long range. Scott Alouf and Cameron Frazier obliged, combining for eight of Galax’s treys, including five from Alouf.

  • Defending state champs knock off Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE – Floyd County’s defense allowed only six points in the opening eight minutes of the game Monday night en route to an 80-67 non-district win over Carroll County.

    The Cavaliers (3-2) managed to keep the game close for the first 3:49 when Kayla Goins made a beautiful pass to Audrey Dickens, who drove to the lane and tied the score at 6-6 with 4:11 to play in the first quarter.

    From there things got ugly quickly as the Buffaloes (9-1) blanked the Cavaliers for the remainder of the quarter during a 14-0 run.

  • Auburn rides big start to win

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s difficult enough, trying to hang with a team that shoots better than 50 percent from the floor and commits fewer than 10 turnovers. Doing so after spotting that team a 26-point lead makes it pretty much impossible.

    Auburn scored the first 26 points of its nondistrict game with Grayson County and rolled to a 61-21 win Friday night.

  • Cavaliers drop heartbreaker to Richlands

    RICHLANDS –– Robbie Lawrence’s basket and free throw put Richlands in front with 11 seconds left and the Blue Tornado held off Carroll County 54-53 in a Southwest District boys’ game Friday.

    Carroll County led 53-51 when Lawrence drove the lane and was fouled, hitting the bucket and the ensuing foul shot to put Richlands in front.

    The Cavaliers had a 3-point attempt for the win rim out.

    The aptly-named Gunner McGee led all scorers with 32 points for Richlands, and Lawrence finished with 10 points.

  • Public record for 12/3/08 and 12/10/08 editions

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Wishing you a happy holiday season, from The Gazette!

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/22/08

    Real tree looks better

    I think the county made the right decision to remove the artificial Christmas tree from the middle of the sidewalk on the Old Carroll County Courthouse lawn.

    I can understand their concern about the safety hazard.

    In this day and time of lawsuits, if someone tripped over one of the stakes or cables holding up the artificial Christmas tree, the county would have been held responsible.