Today's News

  • Ward turns four

    He’s four

    Luke Harvey Ward turned 4 years old on Jan. 28. He celebrated with a “Secret Life of Pets” pool party at Wythe Rec Center. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward of Independence. He has three brothers: Braeden, Levi and Grayson. His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Odell Moxley, Mary Jane Hollings-worth, Danna Ward, and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Sluss turns four

    Turns four

    William Cayson Sluss turned age 4 on Feb. 25. He celebrated with a birthday party at Rainbow Creations Bounce with the WWE theme. Family and friends attended. He is the son of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. He has a brother, Brandon, and a sister, Madison. His grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Lauze Blair marry

    Lauze, Blair
    exchange vows

    Debbie Gaye Lauze and Charles George Blair were united in marriage at the home of Edward and LaVern Buchanan in Hillsville on March 25.  
    The wedding was officiated by Edward E. Buchanan, minister of Round Knob Church of Christ, Austinville.
    The bride is the daughter of the late Clinton and Ethel Gallimore of Austinville.
    The groom is a native of White, Ga.
    Present at the ceremony were the bride’s daughter, Brittany; grandson, Cameron (ring bearer); and LaVern Buchanan.

  • Readers Hotline 5/2/18

    Move over, loafers
    I don’t understand why at a store in Independence, all the loafers that stay there for two and three hours at a time and park right in front of the building. Looks like they would be courteous enough to park on the side and let paying customers use the good parking spots.

    Wrong message

  • Supervisors question school spending plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Trust issues and spending questions became topics of a joint budget work session April 26 between the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the Grayson County School Board.

    While supervisors asked for a more detailed breakdown of spending, school officials argued that they’ve proven the school system has been responsible with public money.

  • Man indicted for soliciting minor for sex


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury handed down indictments against 17 suspects for drug violations and other charges, including a man who allegedly solicited a minor through social media using public internet access at the county library.

    The grand jury, which met April 27, also handed down several sealed indictments. They will be unsealed once the suspects are arrested.

  • Traffic stop on I-77 results in multiple drug charges

    Staff Report

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department’s patrol of Interstate 77 yielded the arrest of an out-of-state resident with several forms of illegal drugs last week.

    Reports from the sheriff’s department confirm that on April 26, Carroll County Deputy Bradley Hoffman conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 Mercedes at the 17-mile marker northbound on I-77. The vehicle was pulled over for having expired tags and an expired inspection sticker.

  • TCRH receives ‘A’ for patient safety

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax was one of 750 hospitals awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

    The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based nonprofit organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades last week.

  • May 1 Election Results

    Council elections were held Tuesday to fill seats in the towns of Hillsville, Independence, Fries and Troutdale and the City of Galax. Those elected will begin their new terms July 1. Below are unofficial results from May 1, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections. See Friday's edition of The Gazette for final certified results.


    Four At-Large Seats

    (The four candidates receiving the most votes won seats on council)

    • Travis Haynes — 424 (22.3%)

  • Readers Hotline 4/30/18

    Thank the officers
    Everyone needs to thank all the police officers that are active in Operation Rolling Thunder and every officer everywhere.

    Mr. Pothole