Today's News


    Rural Retreat at Grayson County

    Preseason optimism was dampened when Rural Retreat opened with a disappointing 34-0 loss at Fort Chiswell. The Indians (1-1) rebounded at Bland County with a 42-6 win and will tackle their third straight Mountain Empire District foe when they travel to Independence to face the Blue Devils (2-0).

    Rural Retreat threw rarely but effectively against the Bears as J.B. Wright hit all six of his passes for 160 yards and a pair of scores. T.C. Caudill added 96 rushing yards for the Indians. 

  • Cavs can’t solve Bear defense

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Across the creek at Veterans Memorial Park, the fair was in full swing. In Wallace Shelton Stadium, the above average was the main attraction.

    Mount Airy clamped down on Carroll County defensively and rolled up a four-touchdown lead Friday before settling for a 28-7 nondistrict win over Carroll County.

  • Chris of Columbus discovers a new world

    HILLSVILLE –– Each of us has our own parallel universe. We never see it, and we never know what goes on there. It’s easily-imagined (There but for the grace of God go I), but it can be real enough.

    It’s the place we would be, individually, had we made a different choice here or made a different friend there, had we turned left at the light instead of right. Or if fate hadn’t intervened.

    Chris Smoot, a senior wideout-defensive back at Carroll County, is one of the few people who know what that parallel universe is like.

  • Gazette welcomes Stockton to staff


  • UPDATE: Quilters to compete at Stories of the Stitch

    UPDATED 9/7/12:

    The annual Stories of the Stitch quilt show and fiber arts showcase, originally scheduled for Sept. 8, has been rescheduled to Sept. 15.
    All times and events will remain the same, said Laura Romanowski of the Arts Council of the Twin Counties. The only change is that Bill and Maggie Anderson will not be able to perform.

  • 'Beehive' musical opens Sept. 6


  • Churches unite for family fun day

    HILLSVILLE  — Around 50 churches hope to welcome more than 1,500 participants to Christian Family Fun Day Sept. 22.
    The majority of activities will take place at the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 after a 10:30 a.m. kick-off parade on Main Street travels to the post grounds.

  • Town targets another Hillsville Rescue building

    HILLSVILLE — Deciding what to do with a second empty Hillsville Rescue Squad station has further complicated putting the defunct agency to rest.
    Carroll County discontinued the Hillsville Rescue Squad from responding to emergency calls years ago, when a member improperly used an ambulance to move furniture. Unresolved squad business has so far proven tricky to clean up.

  • Deputies spot pot from the air


  • Galax man dies in N.C. crash



    LOWGAP, N.C. — Dave Carl Call Jr., 49, of 3244 Poplar Knob Road in Galax, died Sept. 1 as the result of a vehicle fatality in Surry County, N.C., officials said.