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  • Radio station changes name, format

    If you tune in to 1360-AM on April 1 and hear “Stairway to Heaven” instead of “Amazing Grace,” it’s not an April Fool’s Day prank and you’re not having a flashback to the radio station’s format from the 1970s.

    At noon on April 1, the Galax station is changing its format from gospel to classic rock, and its call letters from WWWJ to WCGX, “The Cat.”

    The new station will launch by playing Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.”

  • Grayson school board passes $20M budget

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of tracking funds, restoring order and prioritizing the needs of the school system, the Grayson County School Board and school administration have agreed on a budget for the 2016-17 school year.

    The budget approved by the school board on March 21 totals approximately $19.9 million; and includes federal funds totaling $2.4 million, state funds totaling $11.1 million and local funding of $5.7 million.

  • Adult, minor charged with vandalism in Galax

    Staff Report

    Daniel Dean Meredith, 18, of Galax, has been charged with several misdemeanors in conjunction with vandalism, reports of which were received by Galax police on March 21.

    Charges are pending against a juvenile, as well.

    Meredith is charged with vandalism at Waddell Nursing Home, The Friends Church, Tropical Tanning Salon, 311 W. Webster Street and 205 W. Oldtown Street, according to a Galax Police Department report.

  • Carroll, Grayson schools on list of high achievers

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Board of Education is honoring 55 Title I schools and one school division for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students.

    The list includes Oakland Elementary in Carroll County and Independence Elementary in Grayson County.

    The awards are based on student performance on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, according to a news release. Each school will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.

  • Galax earns national Safe Routes award

    Taking a walk or a bike ride might net you better health and the peace of mind that comes with fresh air and (sometimes) sunshine, but seldom do you get an award for it.

    Last Wednesday at the Galax Elementary School gym, however, the Safe Routes to School program received one: the James L. Oberstar Award from the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

  • Murder suspect to be extradited to Va.

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis will be extradited from North Carolina to Virginia in seven to 10 days.

    Davis, 52, who is charged with first-degree murder and malicious wounding, among other charges in Grayson, is being held in Alleghany County, N.C., after he was arrested there.

    At a court appearance in N.C. last week, he refused voluntary extradition.

  • Bleacher removal begins at GCHS

    INDEPENDENCE — The scene is already shifting at Grayson County High School, as the long-awaited plan to replace the condemned football bleachers began with demolition on March 15.

    Demolition of the concrete bleachers started at 8:30 a.m. that day, and the community was invited to stop by the field and witness the backhoe crushing the existing structure into a pile of rubble.

  • Afterschool program gets kids excited about reading

    “To sum it up, so far in our year, we’ve seen students who have never before been excited about school showing up excited about staying after school,” said Galax Middle School teacher Sheila Ramey, who made a presentation about the 21st Century grant-funded afterschool reading program at the March 8 Galax School Board meeting.

    The program is the same that led to last semester’s trip to Biltmore, after 7th graders spent seven consecutive Mondays after school reading “Serafina and the Black Cloak.”

  • Head-on collision results in fatality

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A woman is charged with DUI in a two-vehicle accident that occurred around 1:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 58, resulting in a fatality.

    According to a report by Trooper R.D. Horton with the Virginia State Police, authorities responded to a call at 4314 Danville Pike, about .03 mile east of Bent Nail Rd (Route 666), a head-on collision with entrapment.

  • Judge sets $1M bond in fatal shooting case

    Staff Reports

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, charged in the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states, appeared in Alleghany County District Court on Tuesday to answer to charges in North Carolina and to appoint a lawyer.

    Police said Davis, 52, was an estranged boyfriend of Cates.

    Davis was served the first-degree murder warrant on Tuesday morning. He also faces two outstanding fugitive warrants in Virginia.