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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 12/25/13

    Rising cost
    How could Obamacare possibly cause a person’s insurance to go up now? It doesn’t start until January. But, whoever had their insurance to go up and is complaining about it, they need to talk to their insurance company. That is who is to blame.

  • Grayson farm sends tree to vice president

    WHITETOP – For Rodney Richardson, owner of Mt. Rogers Tree Farm in Whitetop, Christmas is on his mind all year round.
    Richardson has made a career out of working on and managing his tree farm and selling Fraser fir Christmas trees. Every year, he grows the Christmas trees and sells them during the holiday season, but Christmas just seems to be getting more special and memorable for Richardson and his family each time the calendar rolls around to November and December.

  • APCo requests rate hike

    ROANOKE – Appalachian Power filed a request with the Virginia State Corporation Commission on Dec. 18 seeking recovery of electric transmission costs.
    The rate change is the first sought by the company since 2009 for transmission infrastructure improvements, according to a press release.

  • Zoning repeal talk heats up

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the many controversial discussions during the Dec. 12 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors resulted in a 3-2 vote to task the planning commission with forming an ordinance to repeal the county’s zoning law.
    Last week, planning commission members voted not to recommend that the board repeal zoning. Citizens spoke passionately about the topic at a hearing — with one threatening a lawsuit if the county moves forward with the zoning repeal.

  • Lights to be honored on anniversary

    Robert Ted and Glenda Light celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, Dec. 20.

    They were married in 1963 at the Blue Ridge Chapel with the Rev. John D. Bowman officiating. They reside at 171 Cedar Pt., in Galax. They will be celebrating with family and friends.

  • Lundys to celebrate 50 years of marriage

    Brenda and Eugene Lundy will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Saturday.
    The couple were married Dec. 21, 1963, at First Bible Brethren Church in Galax. The Rev. Otte Utt, father of the bride, officiated.

    The couple have one son, Brian Mark Lundy of Galax, and granddaughters Hannah and Cassidy Lundy of King, N.C.

  • Public record for 12/25/13 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 29-Sept. 13 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Driver who hit power pole charged with DUI

    Galax police arrested a Galax man on Sunday on several charges after they were called to an accident in The Gazette parking lot where a vehicle had struck a light pole.

    According to Police Chief Rick Clark, police were notified of the accident at 11:17 p.m. They arrived to find that David Thomas Singelton Jr., 24, of Galax had struck the pole with his vehicle.

    There were no injuries as a result of the accident, Clark confirmed.

  • Galax boys blow away Maroons

     Galax dominated the early part of each half and rolled to a 62-38 win over George Wythe in a boys’ basketball game Tuesday in Galax.

    Holding the Maroons (2-2) to four first-quarter points, Galax (3-1) built a 15-point lead after eight minutes and never was threatened.

    The Maroon Tide opened the second half in similar fashion, outscoring George Wythe 18-6 in the third quarter to take a 46-21 lead into the fourth period.

    Cliff Conley led all scorers with 20 points for Galax, which got 12 points from Darian Brown.

  • Cavaliers stymie Blue Demons

    HILLSVILLE –– The fourth period in games like Carroll County’s win over Christiansburg is often little more than a mere formality. When there is a 45-point spread on the scoreboard after three quarters, the final eight minutes are pretty pointless. It got that way Tuesday because the first quarter was pointless for the Blue Demons.

    Carroll County shut out Christiansburg for the first eight-plus minutes and overwhelmed the Demons to the tune of a 27-0 lead, coasting to an 86-40 win in the Cavaliers’ inaugural outing in the River Ridge District.