Today's News

  • Family loses home to fire

    AUSTINVILLE — A family with a home on Loafers Rest Road near the Wythe-Carroll border lost their home to an April 30 fire, according to officials with the American Red Cross.
    The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to the fire in the Austinville community, the news release said. “The family of four, two adults and two children, were displaced by the event.”
    Red Cross officials have been providing the family assistance and will continue to coordinate recovery efforts, the news release said.

  • Scholarship named for GES kindergarten student


  • Brooke bids farewell to Twin Counties

    Editor’s note: Christopher Brooke, who covered Carroll County at The Gazette for the past 17 years, has moved on to become editor for our sister newspaper, The Henry County Local, in Kentucky. We appreciate all he’s done here, and know he will do a great job in his new position. We wish Chris and his wife, Elizabeth Seagraves Brooke — a former Grayson County reporter for The Gazette — all the best.

    If I’ve seemed distracted for about the last year, there’s a reason for that.

  • Zoning should protect Grayson water supply

    By Charlotte Hanes, Independence

  • Offspring of illegal immigrants can pay in-state tuition

    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has moved to let the offspring of those living in the U.S. illegally to pay in-state tuition at Virginia public colleges.
    In the process, he bucked a General Assembly that rejected such policy. It is Herring’s second high-profile deviation from state practice since January.
    With an immigration debate ongoing in Congress, Herring informed state colleges and universities of his determination, then publicly unveiled it Tuesday in two events in Northern Virginia and the state Capitol.

  • Carroll looking at debt refinancing

    HILLSVILLE — Expecting large hits in future budgets, Carroll officials plan to look for ways to save, including the possibility of refinancing debt, according to a discussion at the April 14 county board meeting.
    In a meeting largely devoted to financial matters — including presentations on the 2014-2015 budget proposal and future needs for replacing fire trucks — supervisors also wondered if they should hire a consultant to study their books to find possible savings.

  • Citizen questions Hillsville mayor's residency

    HILLSVILLE — Citizen’s time at the April 28 Hillsville Town Council meeting brought a question for the mayor about his residency status.

  • Three towns in Grayson will hold elections

    Independence, Fries and Troutdale will hold town council elections on May 6, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Polling locations are the Independence Fire Department, Fries School and the Troutdale Fire Hall. Voters are required to be a citizen of the town they are voting in, and must present a valid ID. Absentee voting can still be done through May 3 at the Grayson County Registrar’s Office.
    “We encourage everyone to get out and express their right to vote,” said Registrar Cody Wingate, who also noted it was possible for write-in candidates to win.

  • HoustonFest 2014: When Ralph Met Houston

    When Houston Caldwell was only 14 years old, he took the stage with longtime bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley.
    “I remember that Ralph asked Houston — and he didn’t joke — if he wanted to play his banjo,” remembered Kenneth Caldwell, Houston’s father.

  • HoustonFest 2014 is May 2-3 in Galax

    HoustonFest 2014 celebrates the life, music and community service of banjo player, firefighter
    and soldier Houston Caldwell, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2010. It will be held May 2-3 in Felts Park in Galax. Local and nationally known bands will perform Friday and Saturday in Galax’s Felts Park. Proceeds benefit youth music scholarships and the Galax Fire Department. Performers scheduled to appear include: