Local News

  • Cars collide near Shoney's

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash in front of the Shoney’s and Wendy’s parking lots on Sunday evening.

    Police were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. According to a report from Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce, Rebecca Billings Krejci, 38, was operating a 2010 Honda Pilot and attempted to turn onto Carrollton Pike Road/U.S. 58 west towards Galax from the entrance to the restaurants’ parking lots, when her car was struck in the side by a 2005 Toyota Corolla operated by Vanessa Smith, 40.

  • 9TH DISTRICT: Democrat is write-in candidate

    Rick Mullins’ name won’t be found on ballots in Tuesday’s election, but the Clintwood Democrat is running a write-in campaign for the 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Mullins, 52, is a lifelong resident of Dickenson County. He owns both Mullins Funeral Home and an ambulance service, and is a farmer.

    “Rick is a successful, independent businessman in Dickenson County who grew up in poverty in Southwest Virginia... His father was a coal miner,” according to Mullins’ campaign literature.

  • NOV. 4 ELECTION: What's on the ballot?

    Twin County voters will join those across Virginia is selecting a U.S. Senator in Tuesday’s general election. They will also pick a representative for the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District and decide whether to amend the state constitution.

  • Dalton to serve as J&D judge

    HILLSVILLE — Local attorney Brad Dalton has been appointed as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations court judge for the 27th Judicial District of Virginia.

    Dalton will replace departing Juvenile and Domestic Court Judge Brad Finch, who has been appointed as a circuit court judge.

    “I’ve been a native of Carroll County my whole life. My family goes back many generations. And that is one of the reasons I am humbled and excited to serve the community,” he told The Gazette on Thursday.

  • Carroll fugitive captured in Patrick County

    The Hillsville Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by Patrick County authorities and a tip from a citizen in locating a Carroll County fugitive on Oct. 30.

    Winfred Shane Dawson, 28, was wanted in several locations for kidnapping, breaking and entering and assault and battery, according to police. A news release was shared with local news media and social media last week, requesting the public’s assistance in locating Dawson and another individual.

  • SENATE RACE: Poll shows Warner leading Gillespie

    Republican Ed Gillespie has narrowed the gap, but Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s broad-based support still gives him a solid lead in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, according to a statewide survey released Oct. 31 by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    Likely voters favor Warner by 51 percent, compared with 44 percent for Gillespie, according to the survey. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis holds a 2 percent share of the overall vote, with only 3 percent undecided.

  • Woman charged with stealing newspapers

    A Galax woman was convicted last week on two charges of stealing and tampering with coin-operated newspaper racks.

    Michelle Ann Dunford, 36, was convicted Oct. 27 in Galax General District Court on charges of stealing newspapers from racks owned by The Roanoke Times and Winston-Salem Journal.

    The racks were positioned outside of Aunt Bea’s restaurant in Galax.

  • Child dies in Cana wreck on Halloween night

    UPDATE 11/4:

    Christopher Woolwine has been charged with homicide in the death of his 4-year-old son in a Cana wreck on Oct. 31. State police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.


    CANA — A Christiansburg man will face multiple charges for two separate wrecks that occurred in Cana on Friday, resulting in multiple injuries and the death of a 4-year-old child.

  • Hillsville residents debate zoning request

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville’s Planning Commission is considering a request to re-zone 319 Edgewood Drive from an R-1 (medium density residential) lot to R-2 (multifamily residential).

    During a public hearing at Hillsville Town Council’s Oct. 27 meeting, three individuals made their arguments concerning the proposal.

  • 9TH DISTRICT: Griffith seeks second term

    Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith is up for re-election this year, running against independent challenger William Carr in the Nov. 4 election.

    Griffith was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District seat in 2010. The district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

    Before that, Griffith served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994-2010, where he was House Majority Leader from 2000-2010.