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  • Moore defeats Martin in Carroll primary

    HILLSVILLE – Incumbent board of supervisors’ candidate Bob Martin was defeated in his bid for nomination at the Carroll County Republican Committee’s mass meeting, held Monday night.

    Challenger Tracy Moore defeated Martin by a vote of 238-121, earning the Republican nomination to run for the Pine Creek District seat in the Nov. 5 election. So far, there are no Democratic or independent challengers for the seat. Moore won with 66.3% of the total 359 votes.

    Martin was running for his seventh non-consecutive term on the board.

  • Grayson has full house for budget hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors had a full house at the May 9 meeting, as a number of residents turned up to deliver their comments on the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget.

    Comments were mixed; the board received both objections and praise for raising taxes for the long-term good of the county; others offered suggestions that would fund necessary projects while impacting the families in the area on fixed incomes less severely. A few speakers also addressed the importance of county funding for the school system.

  • Carroll calls special meeting on personnel

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will hold a called special meeting on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m., for consideration of topics in closed session and possible official action regarding county personnel.

    The specific personnel to be discussed was not revealed, and supervisors and administrators contacted by The Gazette on Tuesday would not comment on rumors about the possible resignation of a county official.

  • VFW to sponsor first Memorial Day gun show

    HILLSVILLE – The Grover King VFW Post 1115 will be sponsoring its first ever Memorial Day Gun Show this weekend, May 24-27.

    The event will be held at the VFW building in Hillsville during the Memorial Day Flea Market. In previous years, it was sponsored by an independent group or company that was responsible for lining up vendors; however, this year’s gun show manager and post member, Earl Baskett, says he has a plan to add even more diversity in items available at the show.

  • Elmasry notches MED tennis title; Devils move on in baseball, softball

    RINER –– Sarah Elmasry of Galax knocked off Binal Patel of George Wythe on Thursday to win the Mountain Empire District girls’ singles tennis championship at Auburn High School.

    Patel had reached the championship match with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Breanna Brewer of Grayson County while Elmasry defeated Auburn’s Haley Gordon 6-3, 6-1 in her semifinal to reach the title match.



  • Tide skins Bears in first round

    The Galax Maroon Tide is one of the top baseball teams in the Mountain Empire District, and they showed why last Friday with a stinging 12-2 victory over the Bland County Bears in the opening round of the MED tournament played in Felts Park.

    Galax actually spotted the Bears a two-run lead in the first inning.

    Collin Grady led off the game for the Bears, punching a single into right field.

    Jake Watters, the starting pitcher, helped his cause by ripping a long home run over the right field fence for a 2-0 Bland County lead.

  • Look who’s Number 1

    HILLSVILLE –– A roster that is 21 players deep has given Carroll County the rare luxury of having an actual closer. That doesn’t mean there is no room for multi-tasking.

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  • Grayson schools honor good citizens

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools recently held its annual Citizenship of the Year awards ceremony in the Grayson County High School auditorium.

    Principals from each school in the division awarded top students for their display of good citizenship throughout the 2018-19 school year.

    “To me, this is probably the most prestigious award we give out all year,” said Kelly Wilmore, division superintendent.

  • Warrant reveals details of abduction

    Staff Report

    PULASKI — A search warrant in the case of a Galax man charged with kidnapping reveals that Matthew Ray Russell allegedly held two drug dealers hostage at gunpoint after a narcotics transaction gone wrong.

    Russell, 33, was arrested after allegedly holding two Pulaski residents against their will for about eight hours on March 1-2, followed by an eight-hour pursuit as he attempted to escape custody.