Today's News

  • House OKs guns on school grounds

    RICHMOND — On a largely party-line 67-32 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates passed legislation last week allowing teachers and other school employees to have firearms on school grounds in certain cases.
    The bill (HB786) from Del. Tony Wilt (R-Rockingham County) says school employees can’t be dismissed or placed on probation for having an unloaded gun in a closed container, locked trunk or gun rack — or a concealed handgun with a valid permit — in a vehicle on school property.

  • Winter storm aftermath: what to do about property damage?

    As a result of last week’s winter storm, the American Automobile Association offers tips on how to handle insurances matters relating to damage to your property:
    If your car is damaged by a fallen tree or limbs, file a claim using your vehicle policy’s comprehensive coverage.
    If your tree falls on your house, your insurance will cover removal of the tree and home repairs due to damage.
    If your tree falls on your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s homeowners’ policy would provide insurance coverage.

  • Police identify shooting victims

    UPDATED Feb. 20, 2014, 5 p.m.:


    Due to technical problems, todays online "e-edition" of The Gazette isn't in its usual place on the website.

    Normally, the online edition is found under the "Special Sections" page of the site, but today the individual pages are downloadable from the links on this page. We hope to have the problem fixed later today (Feb. 14) and the online edition will be back where it belongs.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.


  • Legislators approve education reforms

    RICHMOND — Virginia’s teachers may be getting several items on their legislative wish list after the House of Delegates approved a handful of education-overhaul bills on Tuesday, the eve of the session’s crossover deadline.
    The changes could mean fewer standardized tests, more time to prepare for them and a delay in giving each school an A-F grade based largely on those exam scores.

  • Writer explores meaning of love

    It was a typical evening at her boyfriend Richard’s house when writing hobbyist and former Independence resident Melissa Caudill first got the idea for a short story.
    “I was sitting there, and his cat got on my lap and was laying there in what looked like an uncomfortable position. [Richard] mentioned that the cat likes me, and I told him, ‘no, she’s just looking for a comfortable place.
    “So he says, ‘That doesn’t look comfortable — that looks like love.’”

  • Collapse puts N.C. 89 work on hold

    LOWGAP, N.C. — An ongoing project to realign a deadly curve on Lowgap Mountain in N.C. has been delayed after a lack of sturdy rock material on the hillside led to an unexpected collapse.
    The infamous “Snowbird Curve” has built a bad reputation for Route 89, which crosses the state line and runs through Galax. The quarter-mile stretch of road has limited visibility, and is not particularly accommodating to large tractor trailers.

  • 'Andrew's Law' faces hurdles in the House

    HILLSVILLE — A proposal meant to protect state “Samaritan” workers, named in memory of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox, has been approved unanimously by the Senate, but family members worry that the bill will not get a fair hearing in the House of Delegates.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • End is near for Sunday hunting ban

    LRICHMOND — For sportsmen, at long last, times are changing in Virginia.
    The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to repeal a long-standing state ban on some forms of Sunday hunting, a development that all but guarantees the days are numbered for the decades-old prohibition.
    Russell County Democratic Sen. Phillip Puckett’s SB154 was approved on a 29-10 vote. It would allow Sunday hunting on private property with the consent of landowners.

  • Carroll County names new football coach

    HILLSVILLE –– Eddie Sloss has been named the new head football coach at Carroll County High School, following his approval by the school board in its monthly meeting Tuesday night.
    Sloss, a Blacksburg native, was the defensive coordinator at Christiansburg High School this past season after a nine-year stint as an assistant at Blacksburg High and one year at Auburn.