Today's News

  • Grayson ended year in red

    INDEPENDENCE — Looks can be deceiving, and a brief look at Grayson County’s finances at the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year made it appear that the county was in good shape.
    But the county’s auditor — Diana Cox, a CPA from Robinson, Farmer and Cox — left no doubt that the county was actually in the red as of June 30, 2010.
    Quickly going over the numbers, Cox explained during the board of supervisor’s regular meeting earlier this month that the county’s debt per capita has increased sharply over the last five years.

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  • Senate splits Twin Counties among three districts

    The Virginia Senate passed a revised redistricting plan Thursday that gained bipartisan support but divides the Twin Counties among three state Senate districts.
    The plan dramatically realigns the district represented by Republican Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin County so that the 19th District will extend from Carroll County to Bedford County and include Salem and territory in Roanoke and Montgomery counties.
    Galax and a portion of Carroll County will fall into the 20th District represented now by Sen. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Henry County.

  • Storms largely spare Twin Counties

    Last Wednesday’s ferocious storms that killed four in Washington County had many less negative effects on the Twin Counties, though it did knock out power and communication services here.
    Many homes and businesses, including The Gazette, found that Internet and phones services were down in the aftermath of the storms that spawned tornados across the South.
    Any customer of Comcast could not connect because the same weather event that left a swath of destruction in the Glade Spring community also impacted the cable company’s fiber optic hub there.

  • Independence businesses damaged in fire


  • Grayson pulls away from Tide as Eller tosses one-hitter

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a close game and take an 8-0 win over Galax in a Mountain Empire District softball game Tuesday at the Grayson County Rec. Park.

    Leading 3-0 after five innings, the Blue Devils got back-to-back RBI doubles from Natasha Moore and Catherine Vaughan. Sarah Eller later stroked a three-run double for the final margin.

  • Blue Devils hang on, 11-8

    INDEPENDENCE –– This time a year ago, Grayson County couldn’t buy a big district win. Tuesday, the Blue Devils couldn’t give one away.

    Despite an atrocious showing on defense, Grayson was able to make up for seven errors with its second-best offensive outing of the year, holding off several Galax charges and finally coming away with an 11-8 win in a key Mountain Empire District game at Grayson National Bank Park.

  • 6 Republicans seek nomination in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — In the Carroll Republican primary, the lone challenge to an incumbent on the county board of supervisors will be in the Laurel Fork District.
    There, incumbent Andy Jackson and newcomer Joshua Hendrick will both seek the nomination in the preferential primary May 21.
    Two other currently serving Republican supervisors will seek re-election: Tom Littrell in the Pipers Gap District and David Hutchins in Sulphur Springs.