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Today's News

  • Sen. Carrico files school prayer bill

    RICHMOND — A state senator who has waded into religious freedom issues in past legislation wants to add language protecting students’ expressions of faith while in school, according to the text of Senate Bill No. 236.
    Sen. Bill Carrico, a former state trooper who serves District 40 in the Virginia Senate, previously sought to overturn a Virginia State Police administrative order telling its chaplains to deliver non-denominational prayers at official events while still in the House of Delegates.

  • Supervisors question late agenda items, nepotism

    INDEPENDENCE — After the last month’s rather divisive Grayson County Board of Supervisors meetings, this Monday’s organizational meeting was calm by comparison.
    However, some lingering tensions simmered beneath the surface.
    For example,  Oldtown District Supervisor and former chairman Kenneth Belton inquired about establishing an anti-nepotism policy, while Wilson District Supervisor Glen Rosenbaum questioned whether the board could amend its rules of procedure to allow items to be added to the board’s agenda at a meeting.

  • Hall retires after 38 years at Extension

    HILLSVILLE — Those recognizing Sallie Hall for her 38 years with a nutrition program through the Virginia Extension Service served up a heaping helping of fun on Jan. 4.
    Organizers lured Hall to the Carroll Senior Citizens Center for a “roast,” as well as a spaghetti dinner dished out of a row of crockpots.
    Hall took time to greet each of the approximately 50 people in attendance, before opening gifts presented by storyteller Vickie Town and hearing memories by Matthew Miller, an Extension agent who worked with her for about six years.

  • Jones could be tried for murder before robbery

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and CHRISTOPHER BROOKE, Staff

    The boyfriend of a 33-year old Fries woman who was found dead after she was reported missing a month earlier is being extradited to Grayson County to face murder charges, but there’s still a question of exactly when the accused will return to Virginia.
    Matthew Steven Jones, 35, who was the boyfriend of Desia Rae George and the father of her youngest child, has been held in North Carolina on bank robbery charges since May of last year.

  • Chad Tate: Monster Master

    Stepping into Chad Tate’s studio is like entering a comic book supervillain’s lair.
    You’re surrounded by the faces of mutants, aliens and fantastic creatures. There’s a “lab” where these colorful creatures come to life, a wall full of plans sketched out on paper and a garage with what looks like The Joker’s hot rod parked in the corner.
    But, the only scary thing inside is the amount of talent the sculptor and artist has on display.

  • Hillsville mayor found guilty of impersonating officer

    BRISTOL — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder was convicted last Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer and was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and pay a $500 fine.
    Crowder is appealing the conviction.
    Bristol General District Court Judge Blake McKinney found enough evidence to convict the Hillsville businessman and mayor, but not his wife, LouAnne Crowder, who faced the same charge stemming from a March 14 incident.

  • Longtime Galax physicians retiring

    December 2013 marked the retirement of two Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH) physicians, Dr. James P. King Jr. of Twin County Ear, Nose and Throat; and Dr. Mark W. Mattson of Twin County Surgery.
    The two doctors have dedicated more than 50 years of their lives to practicing medicine for patients in the Twin Counties and surrounding areas. They both spoke with The Gazette in December to share memories of the careers they built in the area.

    Dr. James P. King Jr.

  • Myers, Stone to be married

    Larry and Elizabeth Myers of Galax announced the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Erin Myers, to Roger Dale Stone, son of Fred and Linda Stone of Douglasville, Ga.

    Myers is a 2000 graduate of Grayson County High School in Independence. She attended Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., and received her graduate degree from Argosy University n Nashville, Tenn. She lives and works in Knoxville, Tenn.
    Stone is a graduate of South Cobb High School in Mableton, Ga., and the University of Georgia in Athens. He lives and works in Knoxville.

  • Patton, Hill marry

    LeShanna Corinne Patton and Michael Tyler Hill were united in marriage June 8, 2013, at the home of the bride’s parents in the Oldtown area of Galax.
    The Rev. Ted Bartlett officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Gary and Kathy Patton of Galax.

    She is the granddaughter of Roy Lineberry of Galax and the late Dorothy Poe Lineberry and the late Irving Patton and Pauline Norman Patton.

  • To celebrate anniversary

    Brantley and Carol Payne of Whitetop will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 4, 2014. They were married Jan. 4, 1964.