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  • Save the History project reaches goal of $16,000

    A local campaign has raised all of the required funding to convert thousands of old local newspapers into a digital archive.
    John Nunn, head of the project “Save the History,” recently announced that, thanks to the donations of many local businesses and individuals, a total of $16,000 has been raised to convert 44 rolls of microfilm containing 3,500 old issues of The Gazette into digital format. When the digital archiving is complete, the issues, which date back to the 1930s, will be available to view and search online.

  • Flooding fix underway in Galax

    As another harsh winter threatens with unpredictable snow and rain in the Twin Counties, city crews are working hard to fix and restore the roads and stormwater system to benefit residents and business owners in the low-lying “Bottom” area of Galax.
    At the Jan. 13 city council meeting, City Manager Keith Barker gave an update on the ongoing Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization Project.
    “We are happy that we are moving through the project and getting close [to completion],” Barker told council.

  • Scammers claiming to be from IRS

    The Internal Revenue Service is reporting a phone scam that is telling taxpayers they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.
    If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

  • Cana musician nominated for Grammy

    About two weeks before Christmas in 2013, bluegrass musician James King received a late night phone call from his record producer, Ken Irwin, in the middle of a shopping trip with his wife.
    When he answered, his producer asked, “What are you doing right now?”
    “Christmas shopping,” King told him.
    “Well, you need to go to the CD section and look for that Grammy you’ve been nominated for,” said Irwin.

  • Police flush out drugs at Independence motel

    Five suspects have been arrested on drug charges at a Grayson County motel.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said in a news release that county deputies recently observed suspicious activity during the early morning hours at Grayson Inn & Suites on Rainbow Circle in Independence.
    Cpl. Alan Graham, along with deputies Jordan Johnson and Eric Testerman and drug-sniffing dog Gauge, investigated the case further.

  • Thousands join 'Save Kroger' effort

    Galax citizens have taken their comments and concerns to social media this week, following the news that the Kroger grocery store on East Stuart Drive will be closing in late March, due to decreased profitability.

    The announcement last week has sparked pleas from the store's loyal shoppers, and other members of the community who are concerned about what effect the store's closure could have on other nearby businesses.

  • PSA finds use for leftover Fancy Gap funds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority members decided to extend Fancy Gap water to three extra roads and buy a portable generator, pending Rural Development approval.
    Armed with information about what the leftover funding from the water project could be spent on, the authority members considered the possibilities at the Jan. 13 meeting, after stating a preference at the December meeting to extend water lines to more customers, if possible.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe referred to a list of roads left off the original scope of the project.

  • House panel disarms bevy of anti-gun bills

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates panel widely known as the graveyard of gun-control bills consigned a slew of them to oblivion on Jan. 16.
    The Republican-controlled subcommittee of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee tabled a series of gun-control measures, meaning they are unlikely to be revived.
    The hours-long session delighted pro-gun forces, arrayed on one side of the room wearing “Guns Save Lives” stickers, and infuriated gun-control advocates on the opposite side wearing “Background Checks Save Lives” stickers.

  • Family of five loses home to fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Monday evening fire has driven a family out of their home at 6070 Poplar Camp Road, according to emergency and Red Cross officials.
    Hillsville Fire Department members received a call at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 to the home of the Rotenizer family at U.S. 52 and Beasley Hill with flames showing, and firefighters responded with six trucks and 30 volunteers.