Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 8/15/18

    Good neighbors

  • Carroll looks at non-user fee options

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is working toward resolutions to several topics that have caused concerns for citizens, including the controversial non-user fee for county water service.

    After hearing from citizens upset about the fee at the past two consecutive meetings, supervisors brought up the issue again at the Aug. 13 meeting.

  • Keepers pleads guilty to hiding body

    Staff Reports

    CHRISTIANSBURG — At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Natalie Keepers pleaded guilty to concealing the body of a teen near Galax, after the girl was killed by David Eisenhauer in 2016.

    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., will still stand trial in September for a charge of being an accessory to murder before the fact. She could face up to five years in prison on Tuesday’s concealment conviction, pending a pre-sentence report.

  • 2018 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Winners of the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention included hometown heroes, regional favorites and musicians from several U.S. states; as well as a trio of international champions from Norway, Australia and Canada. The competition was held Aug. 6-11 in Felts Park, drawing an estimated crowd of 40,000 people over the week.

    Best All-Around Performer

    Aila Wildman — Floyd

    Old-Time Fiddle

    1. Aila Wildman - Floyd

    2. Mattias Thedens - Oslo, Norway

  • Helmick steps down from city council

    Ches Helmick made a surprise announcement on Monday that he had resigned, effective that day, from his position on the Galax City Council.

    Citing health reasons for this move, Helmick wrote in a letter to The Gazette that he is stepping back from numerous groups he serves, and cutting back on office hours in his Edward Jones financial planning business.

    He served on council for two years, half of his elected term.

  • Readers Hotline 8/13/18

    Dumpster divers

  • IVFD adds heavy rescue vehicle to fleet

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department recently welcomed a new addition to its fleet of vehicles, which will allow members to haul equipment to assist with fires and car wrecks.

    The new vehicle is a 2003 Spartan Custom Heavy Rescue. The department purchased it from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Union Grove, Ala. The vehicle will replace a 1999 F-850, which will be sold to another department.

  • Artist signs new prints to benefit Allen House

    HILLSVILLE – A world renowned and locally esteemed artist is helping raise money to benefit the historic Sidna Allen House in Carroll County.

    P. Buckley Moss, an American artist who has displayed her appreciation for the rural scenery of Virginia in her artwork since early in her career, is the second artist this year to dedicate their time and efforts to generate funds to help with restoration efforts of the famous house off U.S. 52 in Hillsville.

  • Addressing the U.S. trucker shortage

    David Boyer of Fries is a professional truck driver for ABF Freight and a member of Trucking Moves America Forward

    With summer comes the planning of barbecues, water sports and road trips to spend time with family and friends.

  • Dump truck hits Fries home

    FRIES ― The Jones family residence in Fries was a chaotic scene last Thursday morning, but Deputy Bobby Jones of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office was happy to report that the dump truck that slammed into his front porch only caused structural damage, and that no one was seriously injured.

    According to Jones, the incident happened at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9.