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Today's News

  • State offers amnesty for delinquent taxpayers

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced the start of the 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program, which provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest between Sept. 13 and Nov. 14.

    Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the program assumes collection of $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health and public safety, as well as provide a cash reserve.

  • Reflecting on violence in Charlottesville

    By Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Independence

    It came as no surprise to me that clashes between white separatists and those offended by their ideologies [on Aug. 12] resulted in violence, including the death of one counter-protestor. I am also aware of the two police deaths associated with the helicopter crash. All three of these deaths were unnecessary and a most unfortunate side effect of our collective failure to recognize our common humanity.

  • Anthem returns to Va. insurance marketplace

    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia announced Friday that it will re-enter 63 counties and cities in the commonwealth, where 70,000 people would have been left without any insurance options in the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.

    Galax, Carroll and Grayson are included in those areas where Anthem will offer individual health insurance policies, according to the company.

  • Morley seeks Wilson District seat on Grayson board

    INDEPENDENCE — Democratic candidate Gesche Morley is one of two candidates running for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the upcoming general election.

    Morley will be on the ballot in November alongside Republican candidate Thomas Rex Revels.

    The winner will fill the seat of Supervisor Eddie Rosenbaum, who announced earlier this year that he will not run for another term. The new term for this seat will begin Jan. 1, 2018.

  • Grayson prepares new voting machines

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Electoral Board in Independence is busy preparing for the Nov. 7 general election; which includes a full test of new voting machines that will be used throughout the districts this year.

    The new machines will replace the county’s former electronic touchscreen machines — an upgrade that was planned for the county prior to the State Board of Election’s decision earlier this month to decertify touchscreen voting machines.

  • Cana house fire investigated

    CANA — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police investigated a structure fire in Cana on Tuesday.

    The fire, at 11:05 a.m. on Brushy Fork Road, destroyed a trailer but left no injuries or casualties, according to Cana Fire Capt. Matthew Fink.

    “No one was living there that we know of, because there was no power to the house,” said Fink.

    The trailer was completely destroyed by the time the Cana Volunteer Fire Department was able to put out the fire.

    Carroll Fire and Rescue assisted.

  • Readers Hotline 9/13/17

    Suspended
    My comment is about Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He was suspended six games from the start of this season for alleged domestic violence. Where’s Black Lives Matter and all these other groups to come protest at the Cowboys’ facility about a domestic violence case? Why are the media not putting this on the front page?

  • Carroll could combine Oakland voting precincts

    HILLSVILLE — When Dennie Shockley, chairman of the Carroll County Electoral Board, spoke to Carroll County supervisors on Monday, he noted that the agency is usually there to ask for money.

    Instead, Shockley said he was there to save the county money.

    The board, which oversees all elections in the county, had a proposal to combine two voting precincts at Oakland Elementary School, created due to a previous realignment of districts.

  • School officials address football field questions

    After a city council member raised questions about the need for a new artificial turf football field at Galax High School, given the $879,000 cost, school officials decided to address the issue directly in an interview with The Gazette.

    “I think it’s time we attempt to answer the football field [question], but in the attempt, we’re going to answer some other things,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The field is already completed and was dedicated last month.

  • GHS launches $650K campaign for fitness center

    Good things came from the life of Curtis Bartlett.