Local News

  • Galax has no plans for annexation

    An existing moratorium on city-initiated annexations and county declarations of immunity from annexation has been extended to 2024, thanks to legislation passed during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session.

    According to a report issued by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the law affects independent cities like Galax and surrounding counties, but not townships.

  • Community unites to pray for peace


    HILLSVILLE — It was the morning after officers in Dallas were killed by a sniper, days after two black men were shot by police and the culmination of months of growing tension between police and the black community around the country.

    Pastor Daniel Harrison, a white pastor of Elk Spur Church in Fancy Gap, reached out to the Rev. Daryl Beamer, a black senior pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Woodlawn with a simple question: “What do you want to do?”

  • School board to dedicate weight room to Carico

    INDEPENDENCE — Monday’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and thoughtful, as members discussed the best way to honor the memory of former at-large member Tim “T.T.” Carico, who died from injuries sustained in an accident last week.

    Carico’s empty seat was no longer decorated with his name plaque Monday night, and fellow members were vocal in the fact that the agenda would be short that evening.

  • Arrests include man charged with indecent exposure

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included a case of indecent exposure.

    Justin Andrew Roten, 34, of Galax, was charged on July 5 at 1:40 a.m. by Officer Jason Hawks for felony indecent liberties (exposing genitals to children), misdemeanor actual or simulated masturbation and misdemeanor indecent exposure.

  • Time out for GHS football field work

    The new football field surface at Galax High School would not have been ready in time for the fall 2016 football season, owing to a narrow turnaround time for state permits, so school officials will wait until 2017 to begin work.

    Superintendent Bill Sturgill updated the Galax School Board at its June 9 meeting.

  • Grayson asks VDOT to add roads to project list

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says there is $2.86 million in the current six-year secondary road plan for Grayson County, but cautioned that it could change year by year.

  • Driver, others injured in Calloway crash

    Staff Reports

    A single vehicle accident on Friday at 1:58 p.m. on Calloway Street in Galax left one person seriously injured and three others with minor injuries, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox, who was on scene.

    An SUV appeared to have driven off the road and ended up on its side with significant damage. The Galax Fire Department performed an extrication.

  • Washington County man charged with child pornography

    A Washington County man is charged by Hillsville authorities on 50 counts of possession of child pornography after a joint investigation by member agencies of the Southwest Virginia Crimes Against Children Task Force.

    Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce said in a news release that Darius Lee Foran, Sr., 49, of Meadowview was initially arrested June 1 by the Hillsville Police Department on two charges of using communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

  • Arrests include malicious wounding, perjury

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Office, arrests last week included malicious wounding, drug offenses and perjury.

    • Quinnie Loper, 41, of Galax, was arrested by Sgt. Shawny Jones on June 30 at 4:43 a.m. and charged with felony malicious wounding.

    • Neisha Jane Bailey, 26, of Galax, was arrested by Officer Chris Hines on June 30 at 7:05 a.m. and charged with two counts of felony obtaining drugs by fraud.

  • Parks brings years of legal experience to assistant prosecutor job

    INDEPENDENCE ― The volume of cases handled by the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office requires a larger staff than it once did, and now features two assistant prosecutors.

    Marty Parks has served assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Grayson since late 2012.

    With an extensive history in the practice of law, Parks accepted the position with the county after turning it down once before due to bad timing. Prior to his current position, Parks had a practice in Galax, where he’d worked since 1980.