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Today's News

  • Speed limits going down in parts of Galax

    Speed limits on various roads within the Galax city limits will be changing this month.
    The Galax Police Department has advised that the public keep an eye out for changing speeds on several roads.
    These changes were approved by Galax City Council after hearing a proposal from the Traffic Safety Committee. At council’s May 28 meeting, Police Chief Rick Clark presented several research findings that led to the idea for the reduced speeds.

  • Town saves $1.4M with refinancing

    HILLSVILLE ― Locking in a lower interest rate on a 2011 refinancing of water and sewer debt will result in Hillsville saving at least $400,000 and a potential $1 million in the future, the town manager says.
    Town officials, including a prior administration, originally considered the refinancing of $4.7 million of debt in 2011 to ease pressure on the water and sewer system finances.
    At the advice of a consultant, the town sought proposals and approved the refinancing with Carter Bank and Trust at a 3.84 percent interest rate, with the promise of saving $580,000.

  • State changes crash reporting policy

    RICHMOND — Citing tens of thousands of requests from parties involved in vehicle crashes, attorneys and insurance companies, the Virginia State Police announced July 2 it has turned over releasing all accident reports to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to a news release.
    A change made by the General Assembly has led to the DMV becoming the “sole source for distribution of FR300P accident reports completed by state law enforcement agencies in Virginia” through the DMV website, according to Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the state police.

  • Ohio man killed in U.S. 58 wreck

    HILLSVILLE — An Auburn Township, Ohio, man died in a head-on crash Sunday at 6 p.m. on U.S. 58, just east of the Snake Creek bridge.
    Virginia State Police identified the man as 62-year-old Mark C. Brostek, according to a report by Trooper Dean Horton.
    Both the Laurel Fork and Hillsville fire departments were called to the scene to help with extrication of patients from the GMC Sierra driven by Brostek and the other vehicle involved, a Ford Econoline van driven by James A. Martin, 43, of Columbus, Ohio.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/8/13

    Start collecting
    I see in the paper where Hillsville is going to do things to thrive. The first thing they need to do is collect the back taxes. That would be best thing for the welfare and good of the community. Get busy.

    That’s the system

  • Roads collapse after heavy rains

    UPDATE, JULY 7: After this story was published, more road collapses, flooding and rain-related damage occurred. Watch www.galaxgazette.com or visit our Facebook page for more photos and information on recent developments.

  • Hang up and drive

    Legislation providing for a massive infusion of new money for the commonwealth’s long-neglected, crumbling roads finally took effect July 1, essentially overhauling the way Virginia’s transportation system is funded.
    The clearest signal that the law took effect, however, wasn’t visible along any road; it was at the cash register, where consumers began shelling out a little more money.
    Gone is the state’s fixed, 17.5 cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline, which had lost more than half its value since being enacted in 1987.

  • A reminder: don’t forget to remember

     Over the years I have told several people that, as much as anything, I am in the scrapbooking business.

    Yeah, I work at a newspaper. The Gazette pays my bills, buys my groceries and fills my gas tank. In return, I go to a bunch of ballgames, write about them and take some photos.

    Seeing as how at one time or another I have lugged furniture, turned wrenches, wrestled cotton bales and waded through both pepper trash and sawdust for a living, that seems like a pretty decent deal on my part.

  • Beware of 'cloned' Facebook friends

    A Southwest Virginia resident logged on to Facebook and saw a new friend request from an old friend. Normally she would be excited for the invite, but there was one small problem.
    Her friend was blind and no longer owned a computer. Someone was using her account.
    The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia warns consumers about a new Facebook scam that uses clones of profiles to gain personal information.

  • Online petition pushes to keep SWVTC open

    WOODLAWN — An online petition to keep open Virginia’s training centers for the intellectually disabled, including the facility in Carroll County, has set a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures against the action.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in early 2012 that the state planned to close four of the five training centers, reduce the fifth in Chesapeake to 75 beds and transition residents into community-based programs.
    The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close by 2018, with all closures in the state to be completed by 2020.