Local News

  • 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.

  • GES project bid higher than expected

    The bidding process for Galax Elementary School’s renovation and expansion project has hit a few snags, said Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm, but he feels they can be overcome.

    At the April 10 meeting, Powers told the Galax School Board that only one bid was received, and it totaled $17.8 million. “We were shooting for around $14.5 million,” he reminded the board.

    (The total project budget, with design fees and contingencies added, is $17 million.)

  • Grayson making changes to emergency agencies

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution to dissolve its emergency services association in favor of creating a new entity: the Grayson County, Virginia Emergency Services Commission.

    The resolution was presented and approved unanimously by the board members present at the April 16 meeting.

  • Teacher, coach charged with assault

    Staff Reports

    Kevin Renwick Frazier, 48, of Galax, a former instructor at Galax High School, has been charged with two separate cases of assault with two separate minor victims.

    The parents of the juveniles obtained warrants after an investigation by School Resource Officer Vickie Taylor of the Galax Police Department. Warrants were served by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office on March 16, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The offense dates were Dec. 4, 2017, and Dec. 16, 2017, in the City of Galax.