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Today's News

  • Bunn, Boyer engagement announced

    Johnny and Constance Bunn of Galax announced the engagement of their daughter, Natalie-Tess Amber Bunn, to Adam Seth Boyer, son of Phillip and Starlena Boyer of Independence.

    The future bride graduated from Wytheville Community College with an associate degree in nursing and is employed at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax.
    The future groom graduated from Wytheville Community College with a certificate in electrical and alternative energy. He is employed at Royal Mouldings in Marion.
    A rustic country wedding is planned for Aug. l6, 2014.

  • Public record for 9/4/13 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.

    Circuit Court

    These land transfers were recorded July 2-24 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 9/4/13

    Is it fair?
    In regard to the trooper rear-ending a citizen’s car, if I rear-end someone it is an automatic ticket. However, when the trooper rear-ends someone, there are no charges filed. Is this fair?

    Youth in contrast

  • Arrest Reports 9/4/13

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

  • Walls running for Grayson School Board seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Brian Walls of Mouth of Wilson has announced his candidacy for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    In a news release, Walls said, “I have seen how our children have been left out of so many opportunities, and it breaks my heart to see our children’s future in jeopardy. I am running to be a voice for the people of the Wilson District.

  • DEQ: high zinc level not harmful to New River

    ABINGDON  — New River water quality will not create any health problems for Southwest Virginia residents, despite a high level of zinc being swept by heavy rains into a tributary in Austinville from mining waste, a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality supervisor tells The Gazette.

  • Bear breaks into home in Elk Creek

    ELK CREEK – It’s frightening enough to see a bear in your yard, but downright scary when it comes into your house.
    That’s what happened on July 29 at the home of Tim and Marcia Sutherland, who live at 692 Caty Sage Road in Elk Creek.
    Sutherland, who works at the East Independence branch office of Grayson National Bank, has been popular lately as people asked about her bear.

  • Whittington convicted of drug charges

     

  • Galax's high jobless rate misleading

    Temporary factors such as holiday furloughs at factories and poor weather conditions led to a resulted in Galax having the highest jobless rate in the state for July.
    Galax outranked Martinsville for the top spot, a locality known for having the state’s highest unemployment rates, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
    The city saw an unemployment rate of 16.2 percent in July, when the jobless community doubled to 551. This number is nearly double the previous year’s rate of 8.8 percent.

  • Pastor's studies focus on spiritual healing

    The Rev. Dr. Helen Beasley of the Episcopal/Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Galax recently received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
    With five years of difficult class work behind her, Beasley said she is excited to utilize what she learned to usher in a new level of spiritual healing within her church.
    Beasley was one of 17 graduates in this summer’s commencement ceremony, the highest number of students to graduate from the program at one time, according to the seminary’s newsletter.