Today's News

  • Man dies from injuries


  • Governor pitches pothole patching project

    For the second consecutive year, Gov. Bob McDonnell has instructed the state highway department to commence patching potholes across Virginia as winter comes to an end.
    McDonnell’s “pothole blitz” is a coordinated campaign to fix thousands of road divots that formed this winter as a result of moisture seeping into pavement, expanding as it freezes then weakening the integrity of the roadway during thaws.
    Once compromised, the pressure of vehicle traffic on the road can cause pavement degradation that leads to potholes.


    Watch the Galax Maroon Tide boys basketball team in the March 10 semifinal win over Luray that sent the team to a historic victory in the finals in this video, shot by Gazette sports editor Craig Worrell.

  • Keep government open, accessible

    This is Sunshine Week. No, that doesn’t mean we’ll have temperatures above 60 and be able to soak up rays for seven days, though that would be nice.
    Sunshine Week is when citizens of this great democratic nation and we as journalists highlight, illuminate and enlighten the necessity for a transparent government.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/16/11


  • VDOT looks at U.S. 58's environmental impact

    The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on three environmental documents completed for the proposed widening of 26 miles of the U.S. 58 corridor between Hillsville and Stuart.
    The documents also cover a proposed project to improve a 1.6-mile section of Virginia 669 (Springwillow Drive) between U.S. 58 and Virginia 221 in Carroll County.
    The documents were required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • Hillsville, Carroll sign settlement


  • Schools could ask Grayson for $1M more


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is considering asking the county for $1 million more in local funds than it received this year to make major repairs at some schools, increase teachers' salaries and prevent further cuts to educational opportunities for students in 2011-12.
    During a work session March 7, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas outlined two options for the school board to consider:

  • Educators say students are suffering from cuts


    INDEPENDENCE — Instructional materials and course offerings for Grayson County students are dwindling, educators said during Grayson County School Board budget work sessions held Feb. 28 and March 7.
    Following three years of “severe” budget cuts, students are beginning to suffer, said Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas. “We’ve kicked the can down the road for years. It’s just catching up with us.”

  • Public record for 3/16/11 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 23-Dec. 17 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: