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Today's News

  • Big plans for old school

    TROUTDALE — The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved $500,000 in grant funds for the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), a non-profit dedicated to exploring, discovering and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    A news release from U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) explained that the grant will go towards renovating the former Luther Konnarock Training School in Grayson County into a location for educational programs centered on the biodiversity of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Carroll answers school food concerns

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County school officials this week responded to recent concerns regarding food safety, after a student and parent posted on social media about alleged maggots in food and spoiled milk.

    “Our health inspector performs the same checklist on the cafeteria as they would in a restaurant,” Carroll Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette told The Gazette on Tuesday.

    He said health inspections are performed regularly and have ruled out any food health or safety concerns.

  • Are you ready to vote?

    What’s the process of getting registered for the Nov. 6 election?

    Do you still need your voter registration card?

    What’s the deadline for registering?

    Stacey Reavis, Galax voter registrar, took time to answer a few questions so voters in the Twin Counties can be prepared and confident for the polls next month.

    What’s on the ballot?

  • Motorcycle driver dies after crash in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – Medical reports following a motorcycle vehicle accident near the Hillsville Bypass have confirmed the fatality of a North Carolina man after he was flown from the scene of the crash.

    The incident occurred Sept. 25 at approximately 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of the bypass and U.S. 52. According to accident reports from the Hillsville Police Department, Stephen Lisy, 70, of Chardon, Ohio, was forced to stop abruptly while traveling south on 52 just in front of the bypass intersection. Lisy was operating a 2007 Yamaha 1100 at the time of the incident.

  • Readers Hotline 10/1/18

    Shame
    The flooding early [Sept. 9] was unexpected. What was unbelievable was seeing people take advantage and steal property. I didn’t think looting would be something to worry about in this town. Shame on those who stole. See you in court.

    Calling under influence
    I would just like to suggest that people do not drink or use drugs prior to calling the Hotline.
    Editor’s note: We second that motion, because some callers really do that.

    Wait and see

  • Harvest Festival in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Main Street in Hillsville was full of festivities for the fall season this past weekend, during the town’s second annual Harvest Festival, a combination of the previous Carroll County Pumpkin Festival and the town’s Historic Chili Shootout.

    Local contestants, as well as travelers from surrounding areas, gathered on Main Street and behind the historic courthouse Sept. 29 for live music, a cornhole tournament and cold brews while waiting to sample unique chili recipes.

  • Grayson seeking broadband services

    INDEPENDENCE — The Wired Road Authority has reached a milestone in its plans to provide broadband services to businesses and homes throughout the Twin Counties.

    After receiving a $300,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for this purpose, planning is underway by Grayson and Carroll counties and the Wired Road to put these funds to good use.

  • Galax officer saves citizen in jeopardy

    Staff Report

    “A job well done with a great ending,” says the post on the Galax Police Department’s Facebook page, put up on Sept. 25.

    It briefly relates the story of three police officers — Tyler Garcia, Darrin Alley and Sgt. Trevor Jefferson — who helped talk a citizen out of a suicide attempt.

  • Pipers Gap home burns

    No injuries or casualties occurred during a house fire on Pipers Gap Road at 11:28 p.m. on Friday, according to Larry Wilson of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    A neighbor spotted the fire as he was coming home from work and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find one end of the home on fire.
    The homeowner — an elderly woman and its only occupant — is in an assisted living facility in Hillsville, said Wilson. He said that he believed the fire started in the basement, but did not know the cause.

  • Pipers Gap home burns

    No injuries or casualties occurred during a house fire on Pipers Gap Road at 11:28 p.m. on Friday, according to Larry Wilson of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.
    A neighbor spotted the fire as he was coming home from work and called 911. Firefighters arrived to find one end of the home on fire.
    The homeowner — an elderly woman and its only occupant — is in an assisted living facility in Hillsville, said Wilson. He said that he believed the fire started in the basement, but did not know the cause.