Local News

  • Kroger fans rally to save Galax store

    UPDATED 2/21/14:

    Close to 100 Kroger supporters made their voices heard during an hour-long rally in the grocery parking lot on Tuesday afternoon.
    Petitions in hand, the crowd surrounded Melissa Turman, a local business owner who started the Facebook page “Save Kroger in Galax, Virginia” after it was announced that the branch would close on March 21.

  • Weathering the Storm

    The snow piled up as high as 21 inches in some areas of the Twin Counties last Wednesday and Thursday, but police reported mostly calm activity out on the roads.

  • Judge rules Va.'s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

    RICHMOND — Add Virginia to the growing list of states where laws banning same-sex marriage are suffering legal setbacks.
    A ruling Feb. 13 by Norfolk-based federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen found Virginia’s laws restricting marriage to one man and one woman unconstitutional on the grounds that they deny due process and equal protection rights.

  • Police chief looks back on 2013

    The number of both vehicle stops and traffic tickets in Galax were higher in 2013 than the previous year, but there was a decrease in traffic-related injuries and property damage.
    Police Chief Rick Clark gives partial credit for this shift to the city reducing speed limits on some streets, he said in his annual report to Galax City Council.

  • House OKs guns on school grounds

    RICHMOND — On a largely party-line 67-32 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates passed legislation last week allowing teachers and other school employees to have firearms on school grounds in certain cases.
    The bill (HB786) from Del. Tony Wilt (R-Rockingham County) says school employees can’t be dismissed or placed on probation for having an unloaded gun in a closed container, locked trunk or gun rack — or a concealed handgun with a valid permit — in a vehicle on school property.

  • Winter storm aftermath: what to do about property damage?

    As a result of last week’s winter storm, the American Automobile Association offers tips on how to handle insurances matters relating to damage to your property:
    If your car is damaged by a fallen tree or limbs, file a claim using your vehicle policy’s comprehensive coverage.
    If your tree falls on your house, your insurance will cover removal of the tree and home repairs due to damage.
    If your tree falls on your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s homeowners’ policy would provide insurance coverage.


    Due to technical problems, todays online "e-edition" of The Gazette isn't in its usual place on the website.

    Normally, the online edition is found under the "Special Sections" page of the site, but today the individual pages are downloadable from the links on this page. We hope to have the problem fixed later today (Feb. 14) and the online edition will be back where it belongs.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.


  • Collapse puts N.C. 89 work on hold

    LOWGAP, N.C. — An ongoing project to realign a deadly curve on Lowgap Mountain in N.C. has been delayed after a lack of sturdy rock material on the hillside led to an unexpected collapse.
    The infamous “Snowbird Curve” has built a bad reputation for Route 89, which crosses the state line and runs through Galax. The quarter-mile stretch of road has limited visibility, and is not particularly accommodating to large tractor trailers.

  • 'Andrew's Law' faces hurdles in the House

    HILLSVILLE — A proposal meant to protect state “Samaritan” workers, named in memory of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox, has been approved unanimously by the Senate, but family members worry that the bill will not get a fair hearing in the House of Delegates.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • End is near for Sunday hunting ban

    LRICHMOND — For sportsmen, at long last, times are changing in Virginia.
    The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to repeal a long-standing state ban on some forms of Sunday hunting, a development that all but guarantees the days are numbered for the decades-old prohibition.
    Russell County Democratic Sen. Phillip Puckett’s SB154 was approved on a 29-10 vote. It would allow Sunday hunting on private property with the consent of landowners.