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Today's News

  • Garner runs for another council term

    John Garner is one of five candidates in the running for four seats on Galax City Council in the May 1 election.

    As his term ends June 30, it will be 12 years the incumbent has served on council.

    He is fit to continue, he said, because if you’re on council, “you already know what’s going on, you have a grasp of the issues and many of those issues continue to be before us. We have addressed many of those issues before and you know the positive things.”

  • Galax sets graduation date, last day of school

    June 12 will be the last day of school for Galax students, and June 9 will be the high school’s graduation day, as set by the Galax School Board at its April meeting.

    The graduation speaker will be Darrick Andre Early, from the GHS Class of 1994. Early also spoke at the Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God’s Black History Month celebration in February.

  • Readers Hotline 4/16/18

    Crack a smile
    A while back, I noticed a caller had called in about cashiers and wait staff in the area being rude. I hadn’t really thought much about it but I am starting to notice it, too. I don’t understand why people have to behave like that. I’m a customer at their business establishment helping them keep their job. I don’t understand where all the smiles went. There is nobody smiling anymore. Bring back the smile.

    Pack of dogs

  • Carroll school budget totals $43M

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has developed a proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 that is more than last year, but the $43 million total doesn’t ask for an increase in local funding.

    An operating budget revenue summary for fiscal year 2019 shows an increase of $206,224 from last year’s total of $42.9 million.

  • Haynes seeks seat on Galax City Council

    Five people are seeking four positions on Galax City Council that are up for election this year.

    The Gazette is talking to each candidate to get their views on issues that affect citizens, and what they want to do if they get, or keep, their position.

    Travis Haynes, Galax native, 48, is a member of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and owner of River Trail Technology, an IT consulting company for small businesses, as well as an elder at Cornerstone Church, a husband and a father.

    Haynes is one of two newcomers seeking election to council.

  • Three charged with forgery, theft in Grayson

    Staff Report

    TROUTDALE — Three suspects from Tennessee were apprehended last week, after they allegedly attempted to cash forged checks at Skyline National Bank in Troutdale.

    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Sgt. Rhonda Halsey responded to the Skyline branch in Troutdale on April 9, for a call about suspicious individuals attempting to cash checks through the drive-through window.

  • Car avoiding cat crashes and burns

    A single-vehicle wreck that became a fire last Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on Nuckolls Curve Road did not involve any injuries or casualties, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    A 2008 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Amanda Jane Cox, 33, of Galax, was traveling along Nuckolls Curve when she swerved to avoid a cat, police reported.

    Cox lost control, overcorrected, hit the bank on the left side of the road and overturned.

  • Vaughan-Bassett partners with HGTV hosts for new furniture collection

    Staff Report

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company announced last week that it will partner with Ben and Erin Napier, the hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town,” to develop multiple collections of both solid wood and veneered casegoods collections.

    The first groups will debut in October at the High Point, N.C., furniture market.

  • Pieces in place for Virginia's Medicaid expansion

    State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican, is the latest member of his party to express his openness to expanding Medicaid in Virginia to cover an estimated 400,000 people now without insurance.

    In a column published in The Virginian-Pilot, Wagner said he believes a compromise is possible between Democrats who advocate for expansion, including Gov. Ralph Northam, and Republicans who now stand in opposition, primarily those who hold influential positions in his chamber.

  • Double-digit innings power Tide, Devils

    Three area baseball and softball teams put double-figure run totals on the board Tuesday and all four teams in action that day scored run-rule wins.

    At Felts Park, the Maroon Tide hung a dozen runs on Bland County in the second inning of a 25-1 MED win. Tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the second, Galax trotted 18 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs on eight walks, four hits and three Bland errors.