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Today's News

  • Moore defeats Martin in Carroll primary

    HILLSVILLE – Incumbent board of supervisors’ candidate Bob Martin was defeated in his bid for nomination at the Carroll County Republican Committee’s mass meeting, held Monday night.

    Challenger Tracy Moore defeated Martin by a vote of 238-121, earning the Republican nomination to run for the Pine Creek District seat in the Nov. 5 election. So far, there are no Democratic or independent challengers for the seat. Moore won with 66.3% of the total 359 votes.

    Martin was running for his seventh non-consecutive term on the board.

  • Grayson has full house for budget hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors had a full house at the May 9 meeting, as a number of residents turned up to deliver their comments on the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget.

    Comments were mixed; the board received both objections and praise for raising taxes for the long-term good of the county; others offered suggestions that would fund necessary projects while impacting the families in the area on fixed incomes less severely. A few speakers also addressed the importance of county funding for the school system.

  • Carroll calls special meeting on personnel

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will hold a called special meeting on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m., for consideration of topics in closed session and possible official action regarding county personnel.

    The specific personnel to be discussed was not revealed, and supervisors and administrators contacted by The Gazette on Tuesday would not comment on rumors about the possible resignation of a county official.

  • VFW to sponsor first Memorial Day gun show

    HILLSVILLE – The Grover King VFW Post 1115 will be sponsoring its first ever Memorial Day Gun Show this weekend, May 24-27.

    The event will be held at the VFW building in Hillsville during the Memorial Day Flea Market. In previous years, it was sponsored by an independent group or company that was responsible for lining up vendors; however, this year’s gun show manager and post member, Earl Baskett, says he has a plan to add even more diversity in items available at the show.

  • Warrant reveals details of abduction

    Staff Report

    PULASKI — A search warrant in the case of a Galax man charged with kidnapping reveals that Matthew Ray Russell allegedly held two drug dealers hostage at gunpoint after a narcotics transaction gone wrong.

    Russell, 33, was arrested after allegedly holding two Pulaski residents against their will for about eight hours on March 1-2, followed by an eight-hour pursuit as he attempted to escape custody.

  • Grayson schools honor good citizens

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools recently held its annual Citizenship of the Year awards ceremony in the Grayson County High School auditorium.

    Principals from each school in the division awarded top students for their display of good citizenship throughout the 2018-19 school year.

    “To me, this is probably the most prestigious award we give out all year,” said Kelly Wilmore, division superintendent.

  • Meth found during Hillsville traffic stop

    HILLSVILLE – A traffic stop by the Hillsville Police Department resulted in an arrest after officers discovered methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Chief Shannon Goad, the stop occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on May 14, in an area off of Upland Street in Hillsville.

    The stop was made by Officer Austin Atkins, who reported observing a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling with a malfunctioning taillight on the driver’s side.

  • Nothing 'Pleasant' about road, residents say

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors had a large crowd May 9 for a public hearing on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s upcoming road maintenance plans.

    Citizens from Pleasant Grove Road and other areas of the county petitioned Jeff Russell, who represented VDOT at the meeting, for updates on improvements to their roads. Several citizens reported unsafe road conditions due to high traffic, as well as damage caused by severe weather conditions in recent months.

  • Grayson chosen for 5G internet project

    INDEPENDENCE — State and local government leaders gathered at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence on Wednesday morning to announce new partnerships that will bring high-speed broadband internet to customers in Grayson County.

  • Food City remodel brings sushi to Galax store

    If you live in the Twin Counties, know your maki from your nigiri, and have longed for some fresh sushi options, take heart: the Galax Food City is about to make your wishes come true.

    The store is also looking to hire one part-time and two full-time sushi chefs, to be trained for about a week in Abingdon, according to Galax store manager Carolyn Roberts. She described the jobs as “fast-paced.”

    “The project will result in the creation of several new jobs for the area,” noted the release.