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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 11/18/13

    Works both ways
    A lot of stores and gas stations have signs up saying, “don’t be on cell phones in the checkout line.” They consider it rude and don’t want it to happen. Isn’t it just as rude to walk into a service station or store and the cashier is sitting there on a cell phone and talking? If customers shouldn’t be on their phones in the checkout line, don’t you think the cashier should not be on their phone either? It just makes common sense to me. What goes around, comes around. Do it both ways.

  • Wilson seat could be filled early

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson supervisors hope they have held their last meeting with a vacant seat this month after the passing of former chairman Mike Maynard this summer.
    Earlier this month, Republican Glen Rosenbaum beat out Democrat Kate Irwin for the vacant Wilson District seat.

  • Reece named Carroll teacher of the year

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s Teacher of the Year made a career change in her early 40s, moving from business to the world of education.
    Connie Reece, teacher of eighth grade math and algebra at Carroll Middle School, said she wishes she had the foresight to become a teacher earlier in life.
    After leaving her job as customer services and prototype manager at brake maker TMD Friction in Dublin, Reece has taught in Carroll County for nine years.
    “I wish I’d done it sooner,” she said. “I love it.”

  • Carroll pays back utility money

    RICHMOND — Rural Development has ordered Carroll County Public Service Authority to pay back $266,167 in federal utilities money that the agency says the PSA improperly used to install a sewer line to Joy Ranch Road.
    The authority, after repaying those dollars, has appealed the federal agency’s ruling, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell told The Gazette last Thursday. The appeal is still in process.

  • GHS senior collects meds for El Salvador

    For her senior project, Galax High School student Bentley Cornett has enlisted the help of her youth group at Baywood Wesleyan Church to collect over-the-counter medication for patients in El Salvador.
    Cornett and her group, a pantomime team called “Silent Praise,” will perform skits at the high school on Nov. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. Medicine will be collected at the door for admission.

  • 'Ransomware' virus targeting businesses

    The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses and consumers of a new computer threat that steals information, encrypts the data, and then charges $300 in ransom for recovery of the files.
    The ransomware is called CryptoLocker, and is the latest attempt by scammers to hold consumer’s and businesses’ computer information hostage in order to make a quick buck.

  • Supervisors recognize outgoing treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors approved a resolution recognizing the service of retiring Treasurer Junior Young during their regular meeting on Nov. 14.
    The resolution recognized Young for his “exemplary service to Grayson County and the fine citizens herein.”
    It further stated that Young has served as Treasurer since 1979, for a total of 34 years. The board commended Young for his “lasting commitment and dedication to the county.”

  • Animal abuse leads to future violence

    Many of our readers have voiced their disturbance over an ongoing animal abuse investigation involving a cat that was found covered in duct tape, with a lit cigarette taped to its mouth.
    Since the report was made public, several volunteers have stepped forward to offer reward money for information that could help police find the suspect in this case.
    As of Friday, the reward total had reached $750.
    Some my have found humor in the plight of Tiger the cat, but animal abuse is a heinous act in itself, and should be taken very seriously.

  • Eagles down Tide for region

    BRISTOL –– The first two sets of Thursday’s Region 1A West volleyball finals should give Galax a boost of confidence as the Tide pursues its first state title in the sport. The final two sets should do the same for Auburn as it defends the crown it won a year ago.

    Galax jumped on Auburn for a one-set lead and flirted with putting the Eagles in a 2-0 hole before the reigning champs finished in dominant fashion, taking a 20-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-10 win at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

  • Giles ends Blue Devils’ season

    PEARISBURG –– Few things are more difficult to absorb than the final football game of a high school kid’s career, even when it happens on a perfect night.

    ‘Perfect’ was a long way off Friday night for Grayson County.

    On a rainy, cold evening that was just a good stiff breeze away from being miserable, top-seeded and undefeated Giles won its 11th straight game and ended the year of No. 16 Grayson County with a 42-12 decision a Spartans Stadium.