Local News

  • Adams promoted to sergeant for Independence Police

    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the Independence Town Council gathered this month to celebrate Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department and his recent promotion to sergeant.

    Council congratulated Adams, and the group celebrated with cake and punch before the start of council’s monthly town meeting. Police Chief James Wagoner presented Adams with his badge during the celebration.

  • Galax arrests include drugs, felony shoplifting

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, recent arrests included:

    • Nathan Joe Dowell, 36, of Independence, charged by Officer Chris Hines on Aug. 7 at 10:11 p.m. for felony possession of controlled substances and other unspecified charges.

    • Daniel Tyree Lester, 29, of Galax, arrested by Hines on Aug. 7 at 10:24 p.m. and charged with felony possession of controlled substances and misdemeanor possession/distribution of controlled substance paraphernalia.

  • Grant will pay for jobs, trade, upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Core Health and Fitness recently received a $309,000 grant from the Port of Virginia, which will assist in funding job additions, utilizing the port for importing and exporting, and moving forward with a capital project to improve the company’s distribution center in Independence.

    The Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Program awards money to qualified companies as an incentive to locate new operations or expand existing operations in the Commonwealth, which in turn facilitates the growth of the port.

  • Lions Club celebrates history with pride

    Earlier this summer, the Galax Lions Club held its 2016 charter meeting in the banquet room at Bogey’s to install this year’s officers and induct a new member, as well as celebrate its history, have dinner and enjoy each others’ company.

    The Lions Club’s purpose is to aid and restore sight in the community, through offering such services as eyeglass drives and free sight evaluations.

  • Court unseals indictments in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments returned by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on July 22 against four suspects have been opened.

    Randy Scott Martin, 48, of Galax, was indicted on five charges.

  • Carroll test scores remain solid

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools has received preliminary Standards of Learning (SOL) scores from this spring’s testing, and the results show progress in some areas and room for improvement in others.

    Dr. Beverly Adams-Parker presented the scores to the school board during its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 9.

  • Two injured in crash on Tower Road

    A Galax woman faces a charge as a result of an accident on Tower Road that sent her and her husband to the hospital with injuries.

    According to a report from Trooper R.D. Horton with the Virginia State Police, units were dispatched to an accident at 5:50 p.m. on Aug. 10 on Tower Road. The accident was in what’s known as Spivey’s Curve, near the private drive of Spivey Lane and about 500 yards past the Galax city limits into Carroll County.

  • Results plans to expand in Galax

    Staff Report

    The Results Companies’ call center at The Crossroads Institute will expand its Galax operation with the addition of 40 new positions.

    The Results location in Galax, which handles calls for a satellite radio provider, will be adding staff to its inbound sales team, according to a news release.

  • Anderson first to file for special election


    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson of Independence is the first candidate to file for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill Tim “T.T.” Carico’s unexpired term.

    According to the registrar’s office, Anderson submitted his paperwork and has qualified for the Nov. 8 special election. The deadline to file at the registrar’s office on the bottom floor of the Grayson County Courthouse is Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

  • Galax considering GES renovation

    Architectural firms will be at the September meeting of the Galax School Board to discuss the possibility of renovating the existing elementary school in lieu of building another one in a different location.

    At the Aug. 9 school board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill had noted previously that, while land for the new school had been purchased, estimates for the development and construction of an elementary school were much higher than anticipated.