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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 11/13/13

    Meaner and meaner
    I am amazed by people. I was recently involved with an animal that was abused. Came home with its tail duct-taped and its mouth duct-taped with a cigarette in its mouth. I was told to call and report this to animal control. Animal abuse and neglect is nothing to be laughed at. It is a serious matter and we all need to take this seriously. Our pets are part of our families. This world needs a lot of prayers going on right now. People are getting meaner and meaner and this old world is not going to be around very much longer.

  • Blight epidemic spreading

    Over the past two years, a fungus that infects and deteriorates boxwood plants has rapidly spread to different localities in the state of Virginia.
    Although previous attempts to eradicate the boxwood blight from spreading to other plants have failed, experts are still attempting to curb the epidemic and are encouraging members of the community to help.
    On Nov. 7, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services [VDACS], along with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, held a meeting at the Virginia Department of Forestry office in Galax.

  • Man faces child porn charges

    FRIES — A Fries man has been arrested in connection with an undercover Internet operation involving child pornography.
    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, on June 12, 2012, Grayson Investigator D.B. Carner, a member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC) Task Force, conducted an investigation that revealed a computer in Fries was offering to participate in the distribution of known or suspected files of child pornography through public peer-to-peer file sharing programs on the internet.  

  • Reward growing in animal abuse case

    As of Monday afternoon, a reward stood at $700 for information leading to the conviction of a suspect in an animal cruelty case.
    According to the Twin County Humane Society, there has been an outpouring of support online from people pledging money to a reward fund, after The Gazette published a story about a cat named Tiger who was abused.

  • Local jobless outnumber new positions

    Recent job announcements in the hundreds should cause the unemployment rate in the Twin Counties to tick lower, but thousands of local people need work, said the Virginia Employment Commission manager.

  • Bond set at $1 million for murder suspect

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Bond for a man charged with murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend has been increased to $1 million.
    Grayson County Chief Deputy David Ashby said Matthew Steven Jones, 36, was indicted Oct. 25 by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury and charged with murder in connection with the death of Desia Rae George.

  • Deputies charge two with child abuse

    HILLSVILLE — A report of a 4-year-old child with serious burns has led to charges against against two adults, according to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Deputies received a call from Twin County Regional Hospital on Nov. 6 about the child.

  • Devils advance, Tide takes title

    MARION –– The realignment of the Virginia High School League this year resulted in the creation of the Southern Empire Conference, which, for all intents and purposes, is a new moniker for the old Southwest District.

    Whatever the name, Grayson County is making itself at home.

    The overall top seed Blue Devils had little trouble advancing to the conference’s inaugural championship volleyball match, shaking off a wobbly start to thump Tazewell 25-15, 25-14, 25-14 Thursday at Marion High School.

  • Grayson girls, Galax boys win region XC titles

    Galax’s boys and Grayson County’s girls both won highly-competitive battles and each brought home a region cross country championship Wednesday.

    At the Region 1A West meet at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, Galax placed all five of its scoring runners among the top 14 finishers, including individual champion Cliff Conley, to hold off Radford and Auburn for the team title.

  • Carroll offense goes crazy in Hale’s finale

    HILLSVILLE –– On a night when Carroll County won big on the field, it must have felt like a loss in the locker room after long-time head coach Tom Hale announced his plans to step down after 15 years at the helm of the Cavalier football team.

    Hale met with the media following a dominating 77-28 victory at Tommy Thompson Field over neighboring Patrick County (0-10) and said he felt like it was time to move on.