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Today's News

  • Grayson Republicans set slate of candidates

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Six Republican candidates have accepted nominations for county supervisor and constitutional officer seats up for election this year in Grayson County, including Independence Police Chief James Wagoner, who is challenging Sheriff Richard Vaughan, an independent.

    In addition to Wagoner, the following candidates were nominated at the Grayson County Republican Party’s mass meeting on May 20:

  • HoustonFest returning to Felts Park June 7-8

    HoustonFest’s 2019 lineup includes Shenandoah, Dailey & Vincent and EmiSunshine, as well as many returning favorites, new faces and the popular Youth Stage.

    HoustonFest will be held in Galax’s Felts Park on June 7-8.

    Dailey & Vincent (Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by their band) are five-time Grammy award winners individually, three-time Grammy nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners and winners of 35 IBMA awards altogether, including three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year and three-time Vocal Group of the Year awards.

  • Federal fugitive captured in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A man wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service was apprehended and taken into custody May 18 after a pursuit by local officers.

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office issued a “be on the lookout” advisory on May 17 for Jonathan Reed Stiltner, 44, of Fries.

  • 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.

  • GHS alumnus to deliver 2019 graduation speech

    Charles Adams, class of 2008, will be the commencement speaker for this year’s Galax High School graduation ceremony, to be held on the athletic field June 8 at 9 a.m.

    Adams was born and raised in Galax and “did all of my schooling in Galax City public schools,” he says. He went on to the University of Virginia, graduating in 2012 with dual bachelors’ degrees in foreign affairs and global development studies.

  • 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.