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Today's News

  • Hillsville digs up 1968 time capsule

    HILLSVILLE – Saturday evening was full of excitement in the town of Hillsville as residents reminisced to the sound of hotrods and classic tunes, leading up to the revealing of the 1968 time capsule on Main Street.

    Mayor Greg Crowder opened with a warm welcome to the town and a brief history. “This time capsule was buried here when I was three years old. I can remember that and I thank the Lord that I made it that long,” to see it unburied.

    The capsule was buried in front of Shining Star Salon, formerly Carroll Drug.

  • Mailbox vandalism suspects arrested

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that two arrests have been made in an investigation of multiple reports of mailbox vandalism throughout the county.

    In the early morning hours of May 14, deputies arrested suspects Ethan Jackson, 18, of Independence, and Dustin Testerman, 18, of Fries. Both were charged with vandalizing mailboxes in Grayson County.

    According to the sheriff’s office, several residents have been reporting damaged mailboxes in recent months.

  • Grayson offered chance to join opioid lawsuit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been given the opportunity to join other Southwest Virginia counties in filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has opted to join the lawsuit; Galax City Council is still considering it.

  • 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

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    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.