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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 10/30/17

    Stay out of it
    City council, why get involved with recycling when we have a locally-owned business handling this need? Yes, they need some gravel and always needs cleaning. But, have you seen the mess that people leave for them to handle? The city should stay out of recycling and support recycling and the people that already have this business for us available. You could spend your time finding someone to buy the property on Fries Road that you bought for the school, which was a real fiasco.

    Mandatory fee

  • Halloween Happenings in the Twin Counties

    Community Halloween events are planned throughout the Twin Counties on Tuesday. Here are some of the fun and frightful festivities scheduled for Oct. 31:

    HILLSVILLE

    Hillsville’s Safe Halloween, held downtown at various venues.

    The annual event allows parents and family to bring their children to a safe community function for trick-or-treating activities.

    Many of the businesses in downtown Hillsville stay open late for the event. There are games, hay rides, a haunted house and food.

  • In-person absentee voting available Nov. 4

    All election offices in Virginia will be open for in-person absentee voting on Nov. 4 for the Nov. 7 election.

    Saturday absentee voting provides Virginia voters who are qualified to vote absentee with an additional opportunity to cast their ballot in person.

    In-person absentee voting also is available during local registrars’ normal business hours.

  • Victim’s mother reads statement to Nofsinger

    Note: Stacy Kenny Ludy, mother of Alyssa Kenny, wrote this impact statement to read in court at Richard Nofsinger Jr.’s plea hearing on Wednesday. Ludy shared her statement with The Gazette. Warning: the following contains graphic descriptions that some readers might find disturbing.

    I have waited a long time to talk to you, Richard.

    I’m sure you don’t want to listen to me, but that’s okay. You will hear what I have to say, and I don’t even need you to respond. Just listen. And think about it.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty to murders

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

    A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.

  • Littrell runs for another term as Pipers Gap supervisor

    Tom Littrell, incumbent 10-year Carroll County Board of Supervisors member, and former chair and vice-chair of the board, is running to keep his position.

    Littrell, a Republican, is being challenged by independent candidate Phillip Boatman in the Nov. 7 election.

    Littrell recently discussed his qualifications, experience, accomplishments and future aims.

    “I am for progress,” stated Littrell. “If elected, I will undertake my board responsibilities with integrity, honesty, fairness and common sense.”

  • Learning & Playing Together

    INDEPENDENCE — School and county officials gathered at Fairview Elementary School this month, to celebrate the expansion of their playground and the inclusion of recreational equipment designed for students with special needs.

    The new play area will give students with and without special needs more of an opportunity to enjoy the playground together. The expansion, unveiled on Oct. 11, included a special swing that can accommodate a wheel chair; and sensory play panels.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty in Carroll court

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

    A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.

  • Readers Hotline 10/25/17

    Yellow dog
    Regarding the [Hotline call], “Knucklehead in charge.” This has got to be a yellow-dog Democrat who commented. Talking about Hillary Clinton, the reptilian with the hole in the tongue.

    Not justified

  • Sage seeks Wilson District seat

    Rick Sage will appear on the ballot this November in the race for the Grayson County School Board’s Wilson District seat.

    Sage will face Betsy Shearin, with the winner filling the seat that will be vacated by Shannon Holdaway, who is not seeking another term. All school board candidates are independent.

    Sage’s father was born and raised in Grayson County; but being a self-proclaimed “military brat,” Sage grew up not just in Grayson, but all over the country and eventually overseas.