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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 9/25/13

    Check it out
    I’m calling in reference to the article you had a week or two ago about Ricky Bryant singing bluegrass. He is selling CDs now. I bought one. There is a phone number on my CD — (276) 233-4867 to reach him to find out about buying his CDs. I just thought you music fans would want to know. The CD is very good.

    Lead by example

  • Closed school as busy as ever

    HILLSVILLE — Though Woodlawn school won’t be used as an educational facility when its transferred to the county supervisors in October, athletic teams will still need the gym and the ball fields for their games.
    Carroll educators have a timeline to give the former school back to the county supervisors, and both governmental bodies have made plans for the transfer.

  • PSA chairman responds to utility project allegations

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — The chairman of the Carroll County Public Service Authority is standing up for a county sewer utility project that was recently criticized by a Fancy Gap resident.
    Stephen Gregson has asked for an investigation of the approval process for a sewer project in the Fancy Gap area, which he claims was not properly bid or publicized. He also claims an extension of the utility project personally benefitted a Carroll official. He has sought opinions from state and federal authorities.

  • Arrest Reports 9/25/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Suspects stole $3,900 worth of iPads

    Two suspects are being sought by the Galax Police Department in connection with the alleged theft of several electronic items from the Walmart store in Galax on Sunday afternoon.

  • DMV warns of scam

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles warns the public to be wary of companies that call with offers of cheaper insurance rates based on information from your DMV record.
    DMV does not sell insurance, solicit the sale of insurance, or release driver information for marketing purposes.
    “A few of our customers have called us to let us know they have received automated messages from insurance companies saying they are entitled to a lower insurance rate based on information from their DMV records,’” said DMV spokesperson Sunni Brown.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/23/13

    Driving around
    I’m just wondering why it was okay for town councilman David Young to drive the town police department’s electric car around the Hillsville flea market [with his wife]. Is this practice ethical to use town property? Plenty of people saw it. I’m sure plenty of others would have liked to use it. Isn’t there a policy in the town on equipment being used for personal use?

  • Fancy Gap utility project questioned

    A Fancy Gap resident has made a complaint to state agencies that the Carroll Public Service Authority did not follow proper procedures in extending a county sewer utility project to Joy Ranch Road.
    Stephen Gregson shared a letter with The Gazette that he sent to Rural Development representative Robert Hilt on Aug. 22 and with Jeffrey Gargiulo of the Virginia State Inspector General’s office on Sept. 18. The investigation is now in the hands of the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, because the matter involves federal funding.

  • Kudzu bugs invading Virginia

    Twin County homeowners may want to keep a vacuum handy this fall in case the most recent insect invader wants to take refuge somewhere cozy.
    Virginia researchers studying the kudzu bug have mostly confined their work to the effect of the rapidly spreading insect on row crops, according to Virginia Extension Service and Virginia Tech entomologist Ames Herbert.

  • Goin to serve time for drugs, eluding police

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man will serve three years and nine months in prison on a drug charge and another year on an unrelated conviction of eluding police.
    Kevin Goin, 33, of Fries Road, was sentenced on Sept. 13 in Grayson County Circuit Court to five years in jail for an incident this summer in which he crashed his motorcycle through a police roadblock during a chase. Four years were suspended.