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Today's News

  • DMV implements tax increase

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles implemented a number of changes stemming from the transportation funding legislation that became effective July 1.
    Starting July 1, the sales and use tax (SUT) increased from 3 to 4 percent. Additionally, per the new legislation, the tax will now be assessed based on the sale price minus any manufacturer rebates. The minimum tax increased from $35 to $75.

  • Student's art will appear on billboards

    A fifth grader from Laurel Elementary School created the art for an anti-tobacco campaign going up in areas of Southwest and Southside Virginia.
    A project of the American Lung Association in Virginia, the Healthy Grounds for Our Youth effort seeks to keep the use of tobacco products off school campuses, even outdoors, according to Billie Murray, project manager.

  • Arrest Reports 7/22/13

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

  • Deputies searching for alleged embezzler

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies are searching for a 39-year-old man wanted for embezzlement.

    Authorities name the suspect as Myron Doyle Sharp, no address given.

    Sharp is suspected of taking property he had borrowed from a Glen Davis and selling it on July 15. 

  • Public thanks was well-deserved

    For years, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department has prided itself on quick and quality response. They rush to the scenes of burning buildings, assist in major car pile-ups and engage in every other facet of community service they can possibly fit into their tightly packed schedules.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/22/13

    Editor’s Note:
    This is a reminder that comments about local political candidates are not published in the Readers Hotline.

    Issues with religion?

  • Smoke on the Mountain 2013 BBQ Championship Results

    A total of 22 teams competed on July 19-20 in Galax at the 9th Annual Smoke on the Mounatin BBQ Championship. Barbecue teams from all over — from local contenders to nationally known celebrity cooks — gathered for the city's first dual contest, featuring both the traditional Memphis Barbecue Network competition and, for the first time in Galax, a Kansas City Barbecue Society contest. Below are the winners in each category. Watch The Gazette on Wednesday for photos and coverage of the event.

  • VFW monument honors the fallen

    HILLSVILLE — Officials with the Grover King VFW Post 1115 wanted the public to know that they put a $3,000 community grant towards a memorial for fallen soldiers.
    The VFW post received the money from the now-defunct Hillsville Rescue Squad as the former emergency medical provider disbursed its remaining funds as its last act. Veteran Ed Buchanan said the post used the funds to create a new memorial that’s positioned at the main entrance to the post in Hillsville.

  • Grant keeping Galax firefighters safe

    Galax Grants Administrator Brenda Marrah looked on Tuesday night as members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department fitted themselves with brand new masks and air packs purchased with a federal grant that Marrah landed for the city.
    Capt. Mike Ayers, a GVFD officer and the city’s new Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, demonstrated how the advanced pieces of equipment work.

  • Bassett nominated to furniture hall of fame

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — John D. Bassett III of Galax has been named an Industry Fellow by the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.
    Bassett is one of six U.S. fellows named July 12 and is a nominee for election into the hall of fame. Voting by members extends through Aug. 16.
    The six nominees will be made industry fellows at an Oct. 20 banquet at the High Point market.
    Bassett is chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co.