Today's News

  • Utility project funded

    After receiving six bids, Galax City Council at its Jan. 18 meeting awarded a contract to Ramey Inc. of North Carolina to replace sewer lines on Shaw Street and Stanley Drive.

    Ramey placed a bid of $747,578.

    The project will include replacing more than 4,000 linear feet of existing 12- and 8-inch pipe that are decades old, replacing and installing 35 manholes and other miscellaneous work.

  • Grayson hires financial forecaster

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders continue to implement changes to help safeguard the county during financial hard times.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told The Gazette on Monday that the county entered into an agreement for financial services with the firm Robinson, Farmer, Cox to provide the county with a financial forecasting instrument.

    The instrument, he said, will be used for evaluation of financial health, budgeting, strategic planning, capital outlay and the appropriate setting of tax levies and fees.

  • Committee shoots down gun show background checks

    RICHMOND — A perennial effort in the Virginia General Assembly to close the so-called “gun-show loophole” was shot down in a House of Delegates subcommittee last week.

    The bill would have required prospective buyers to undergo an instant criminal background check before buying a firearm from a private seller at a gun show, like the annual Labor Day event in Hillsville.

    Such checks are now required only when the gun is being sold by a licensed dealer.

  • Business advisory council forms

    The origin of Carroll's Business Advisory Council stems from the fact that half of all new jobs come from successful local companies that grow and hire new workers.

    The advisory council — facilitated by Bernie Deck, Carroll's business development specialist — will work to create conditions that help local companies become successful and undergo such expansions.

    One way to do that is to assemble on a regular basis knowledgeable business representatives and have them brainstorm about opportunities, challenges and ways to address them.

  • Crisan sentenced in photo scandal

    Livia Crisan of Galax, a former Waddell Nursing & Rehab certified nursing assistant, was found guilty in Galax General District Court on Monday morning for taking pictures of nursing home residents while they were undressed.

  • Public record for 2/10/10 edition

    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 more information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 5, 2009 - Jan. 8, 2010, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Meet the Warriors night planned at Oak Hill Academy

     MOUTH OF WILSON -- Oak Hill Academy, home of the nationally acclaimed Warriors basketball team, will host a Meet the Gold Team fundraising event on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. on the Oak Hill campus.

  • Eller’s 25 leads Grayson past Fort Chiswell

     MAX MEADOWS -- Grayson County blew the doors off of Fort Chiswell at the start of the second half and rolled to an 80-68 win in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Wednesday.

  • Cavalier girls rally for win, boys fall to Golden Wave

    GRUNDY -- The first half wasn’t exactly a wake-up call for Grundy, it was more like the Golden Wave hit the snooze button a couple of times.  The Golden Wave came to life on both ends of the floor after halftime  and picked up a 55-41, come-from-behind win over visiting Carroll County Wednesday night.  Jon Kelly (19 points), Cody Justus (14) and Derek Hess (13) all

  • Maroon Tide rallies past Narrows

    Whether or not Galax catches Grayson County in the chase for the Mountain Empire District regular season title remains to be seen.