Today's News

  • Grayson outduels Galax

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County managed to avoid a disastrous beginning, was able to answer several Galax threats with rallies of its own and eventually held on for a 6-4 Mountain Empire District softball win Thursday at the Grayson County Rec Park.

    The Blue Devils upped their record to 13-5 overall with the win and improved to 8-1 in the league while the Maroon Tide settled at 10-6 overall, 7-3 in the MED.

    Galax was able to battle into a tie twice in the final three innings but on both occasions, Grayson County answered a rally with a rally.

  • Calling all Hotline callers

    The Gazette did not receive enough Hotline calls this week to run the column in this week’s editions.

    We can’t believe we just typed that.

    It never happens, but here we are.

    Maybe everyone’s potholes were filled and the government didn’t do anything dumb this week.

    Is the spring weather so nice that everyone is too happy to call? Or, did spring bring so much pollen that our regular callers are too sedated on Benadryl?

    It can’t be that you ran out of topics to discuss.

  • Once homeless, Galax woman overcomes odds to graduate

    Submitted by Jill Ross & Katherine Asbury

    Wytheville Community College

    Statistically speaking, she shouldn’t even be in college. It should have been almost impossible. After all, children who’ve been in foster care as teenagers have about a 3 percent chance of ever earning a college degree.

    But Destiny Moody refused to be another statistic. In fact, she’s defied the odds most of her life.

    On Saturday, she did it again.

  • Grayson court unseals grand jury charges


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted the suspects on April 27 and sealed the indictments until each suspect was arrested.

    The list includes:

    • Jason Lee Bourne, Fries – four charges for the sale, gift or distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (meth).

  • Town reviews plans for park design

    INDEPENDENCE — Planning for the Independence Town Park are underway, as the town and stakeholders for the project continue their collaboration with surveying and engineering firm Hurt & Proffitt on an official concept design.

    The town received conceptual renderings of the park from Hurt & Proffitt in April, but the design left both the town council and the project’s stakeholders with questions. At that time, the design was missing the requested playground and stage.

  • Galax sets up online payment system

    Galax residents will soon be able to pay bills online, after city council took action at its April 26 meeting.

    Council voted to approve the development of an online payment system after Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore advised council about it.

    The system would be used initially for the payment of utility bills. There would be a small processing fee for using this system.

  • Hillsville to unearth time capsule

    HILLSVILLE — This Saturday will be a day of remembrance in the Town of Hillsville, as artifacts from a time capsule allow residents to take a step back in time and relive the late 1960s’ social revolution and political milestones.

    The time capsule was buried 50 years ago at the former Carroll Drug Company to preserve a slice of life and America’s cultural norms at the time it was sealed.

  • Virginia the only state that outlaws radar detectors

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia remains the only state where radar detectors in vehicles are illegal.

    Radar detectors are in-vehicle devices that essentially alert drivers that cops are using radar guns to detect speed. The goal is to avoid getting speeding tickets.

    But why does Virginia, and the District of Columbia, stand alone while the other 49 states have lifted bans?

    There’s no direct answer, but lawmakers and political observers say it comes down to a few things:

  • Fries budget proposal contains few changes

    FRIES — Fries Town Council presented a draft of its budget for fiscal year 2018-19 at the May 1 meeting, which has a couple of changes from the current spending plan.

    The real property tax rate will go up 3 cents, to $0.36 per $100 of assessed value.

    The balanced budget, which will take effect on July 1, currently has a revenue and expenditure total of $493,951.

    Other proposed tax rates (all per $100 value) include $1.75 for personal property taxes; $1.74 for machinery and tools taxes; and $0.30 for public utility real estate taxes.

  • Bomb scare shuts down I-77 in Carroll

    A high-speed chase Thursday on Interstate 77 in Carroll County resulted in a shutdown of traffic, after the driver told police there was a bomb in her car.

    K9 units and bomb technicians were called to the scene in the mid-morning hours of May 10, and VDOT closed traffic on both the northbound and southbound lanes around mile marker 17 until early afternoon.

    Cars backed up for several miles as police investigated the situation.