Local News

  • Hopeful outlook for state budget

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Strong state tax revenue means a new two-year budget provides a chance to help the economy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe told a group of lawmakers and budget writers Monday.

    Virginia ended fiscal 2015 with a budget surplus of about $549.6 million, the largest in state history, McAuliffe said, due to higher revenues and smaller refunds.

  • Christmas fund kicks off 2015 campaign

    Staff Report

    It’s time again for the Galax Community Christmas Food Fund to kick off its activities.

    Each year, the public shows love for their neighbors by coming together to provide two food boxes each for 550 less fortunate families in our area.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is spearheading the event once again this year, which for 30 years prior was handled by the Galax Y’s Men.

  • Motorcycle rider injured in Galax crash

    Staff Report

    A North Carolina motorcycle rider was injured Nov. 27 in a crash on South Main Street in Galax.

    Galax Police Officer Johnny Dickson reported that the incident occurred around 1:45 p.m., when a 1987 Buick Century, driven by Isiah Raheem Reeves of Galax, was stopped in the northbound lane of South Main, at the back of a line of stopped traffic.

  • Car ends up in creek near Albany plant

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident left a car in Chestnut Creek near Albany Industries on Nov. 24, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    A 2000 Toyota, driven by Zachary Lee Funk, 30, of Galax, was traveling east on Creekview Drive when the vehicle ran off the left side of the road at a curve. It traveled approximately 30 feet before stopping with the front end of the Toyota in the water.

  • Grayson names winners of 2015 business challenge

    INDEPENDENCE — Five local entrepreneurs were recently announced as the winners of the Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a joint venture geared towards jump-starting new and existing local businesses.

    The contest was sponsored by the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) and Grayson County.

  • Prevent ID theft on 'Cyber Monday'

    Thanksgiving dinner has turned into leftovers and many Americans have been on at least one shopping trip so far to start the holiday season.

    The National Retail Federation says that 46 percent of holiday browsing and buying will take place online. Shoppers, whether they choose to finish up their list in person or online, should take care to protect themselves from identity theft.

  • GVFD credits family's safety to smoke alarm

    Staff Report

    Galax Fire Captain Mike Ayers said that a functional smoke alarm was the difference between an oven damaged by fire and a house damaged by fire.

    According to Ayers, on Nov. 13 at 1:02 a.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 376 Kenbrook Drive in Galax. Members arrived to find the single occupant out of the residence, stating that there was a fire in her oven.

  • Va. man loses $18,000 to scam

    A Roanoke man has lost $18,000 to scammers pretending to be with Publisher’s Clearing House.

    Days after wiring the money, he received a check for $1.6 million with a letter requesting an additional $40,000 in order to release the funds

    He took the money out of an investment fund and was ready to send it when his wife stopped him.

  • Police warn of charity jar scam

    Galax police have been notified of collection jars appearing in local stores raising funds for P.U.S.H. Ministries and the local soup kitchen.
    “Representatives of both P.U.S.H. and the soup kitchen have informed us that they have not given permission for fundraising in their names and are not aware of this fundraising effort,” the police department posted on its Facebook page this week.
    “We encourage anyone contributing money to an organization to contribute directly or verify that the collection method is legitimate,” police said.

  • N.C. police car hits, kills Lambsburg man

    Staff Report

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – A Carroll County man died on Nov. 21 after he was struck by a

    North Carolina Highway Patrol vehicle on I-74.

    The victim has been identified as Romie Clark Bobbitt, 78, of Lambsburg.

    The accident occurred around 6 p.m. in Surry County, N.C., near Mount Airy and about three-quarters of a mile from N.C. 89.

    According to reports from media outlets in North Carolina, Bobbitt was apparently driving a car eastbound on 74 when he was sideswiped by another vehicle.