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Today's News

  • School board celebrates student achievements

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board celebrated a successful school year as they reflected on the Student Achievement Results and Student/Teacher Ratio reports.

    At the board’s Sept. 10 meeting, Susie Funk, director of student learning for the school system, provided a summary of the report for the 2017-18 school year. She began by reminding the board that all schools in the system were fully accredited this year, for the first time in seven years. The schools also achieved the highest gains in the state, according to a CIP report from Region VII.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks owners of lost cash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the owner of an undisclosed amount of cash that has been found and turned in by a local citizen.

    “A very honest Grayson County citizen has found cash and turned it in to the sheriff’s office,” says a post shared on the sheriff’s office social media outlets.

  • Nursing home advertisement was misleading

    Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to an ad that ran in the Oct. 19-21 edition of The Gazette. The ad was bought by a law firm, Wilkes & McHugh, and listed deficiencies that Galax Health & Rehab (formerly Golden Living Center – Blue Ridge) was cited for.

  • ATV maker responds to wrongful death suit

    INDEPENDENCE ― Responses have been filed by Minnesota ATV manufacturing company Polaris Industries and off-road repair service company Hilltop Cycle Inc. in a $5 million civil lawsuit filed by the family of the late Timothy “T.T.” Carico.

  • Galax arrests include theft, drug charges

    Staff Report

    Several arrests, including charges for theft and drug possession, were recorded by the Galax Police Department last week, according to a report issued by Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    On Oct. 17, Officer Darrin Alley received a call from a Grayson County deputy regarding to a stolen vehicle that had been tracked to Galax. The vehicle was located at the Galax Motel.

  • Drug takeback events to be held Saturday

    Staff Report

    Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring is encouraging Virginians to take advantage of Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to dispose of unused or expired medications, especially prescription opioids, before they can be misused, abused or accidentally ingested.

    The Galax and Independence police departments and the Carroll and Grayson sheriffs’ offices are participating in the event locally. Takeback locations in the Twin Counties, which will be open Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., include:

  • Absentee ballot requests due Oct. 30

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Department of Elections has announceed two upcoming deadlines for voters wishing to participate in the Nov. 6 general election via an absentee ballot.

    Voters wishing to mail their absentee ballot have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 to request a ballot through their local voter registration office or the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal at vote.virginia.gov. The local registrar must receive all applications by the deadline in order to mail absentee ballots to eligible recipients in time for the election.

  • Amendments will be on Nov. 6 ballots

    Staff Report

    While many voters are aware of who’s on the ballot in November, some are surprised to find out they’re not just voting for politicians, but also possibly new laws. In Virginia, voters will see two proposed state constitutional amendments regarding taxation of property, which they can vote “yes” or “no” on.

    Amendment 1

  • Readers Hotline 10/24/18

    Successful event
    Just a big shout out to the Hillsville Elementary School PTSO and faculty for another successful Fall Festival.

    For shame

  • Hillsville police chief retiring

    HILLSVILLE – Wesley Yonce will step down as Hillsville’s police chief at the end of October, after 19 years with the department.

    Yonce’s departure has raised questions from the public, but a town official says there is no merit to rumors about the reasons for his retirement.

    Town Manager Retta Jackson confirmed that, after Yonce steps down on Oct. 31, Capt. Shannon Goad would head up operations for the Hillsville Police Department until a new chief is named.