Local News

  • Supervisors question school spending plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Trust issues and spending questions became topics of a joint budget work session April 26 between the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the Grayson County School Board.

    While supervisors asked for a more detailed breakdown of spending, school officials argued that they’ve proven the school system has been responsible with public money.

  • Man indicted for soliciting minor for sex


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury handed down indictments against 17 suspects for drug violations and other charges, including a man who allegedly solicited a minor through social media using public internet access at the county library.

    The grand jury, which met April 27, also handed down several sealed indictments. They will be unsealed once the suspects are arrested.

  • Traffic stop on I-77 results in multiple drug charges

    Staff Report

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department’s patrol of Interstate 77 yielded the arrest of an out-of-state resident with several forms of illegal drugs last week.

    Reports from the sheriff’s department confirm that on April 26, Carroll County Deputy Bradley Hoffman conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Mercedes at the 17-mile marker northbound on I-77. The vehicle was pulled over for having expired tags and an expired inspection sticker.

  • TCRH receives ‘A’ for patient safety

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax was one of 750 hospitals awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

    The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based nonprofit organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades last week.

  • May 1 Election Results

    Council elections were held Tuesday to fill seats in the towns of Hillsville, Independence, Fries and Troutdale and the City of Galax. Those elected will begin their new terms July 1. Below are unofficial results from May 1, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections. See Friday's edition of The Gazette for final certified results.


    Four At-Large Seats

    (The four candidates receiving the most votes won seats on council)

    • Travis Haynes — 424 (22.3%)

  • Repass pleads guilty to 50 charges

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A Wytheville man has pleaded guilty to 50 charges in Carroll County Circuit Court, many of them stemming from a May 2017 police chase.

    Among many other things, Eric Sean Repass, 45, was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, for shooting at a Carroll deputy during the chase.

    Repass’ pleas included 49 felonies and a misdemeanor, according to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons.

  • Man convicted after two trials, facing third

    Staff Reports

    Eugene Scott Hampton, 43, of Galax, was found guilty of two sets of charges in two trials in Grayson County Circuit Court last month, and a third trial is pending.

    Hampton was a suspect in the break-in and theft of a firearm from Gardner’s Pawn Shop in downtown Galax in September 2017. He was arrested and charged with burglary on Sept. 20, 2017, by Det. J.B. Greer and Det. Robbie Isom of the Galax Police Department.

  • What's on the ballot for May 1 election?

    Staff Reports

    Council elections will be held Tuesday to fill seats in the towns of Hillsville, Independence, Fries and Troutdale and the City of Galax. Those elected will begin their new terms July 1. Polls will be open May 1 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Parker Carico: Overcoming Autism

    INDEPENDENCE — During the month of April, the public is encouraged to learn about the complexities of autism spectrum disorder as part of National Autism Awareness Month. In Grayson County, a local mom lends her voice to this cause.

  • Stolen vehicle recovered after pursuit

    A vehicle pursuit in Carroll County that led surrounding law enforcement agencies off road in the late hours of Tuesday evening resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle, but suspects were still at large as of Thursday.

    Charges were filed against a North Carolina man who was encountered during the search for suspects, but police say he has no connection to the theft and chase.