Local News

  • Galax moves forward with 2017 budget

    At the May 9 meeting, Galax City Council approved the school system’s fiscal year 2017 budget after a public hearing.

    The hearing drew no speakers. The budget, as presented to council, had no changes from its earlier version, according to Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill. At an earlier school board budget meeting, members had remarked on their pleasure at the increased state funding this year, and the ease of assigning items to the budget without needing to cut positions or programs.

  • Grayson seeks way to pay for bleachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The school system and the county are dealing with tight budgets this year, which has left both parties concerned about how to fund the construction of the new football bleachers at Grayson County High School.

  • Relief effort underway for fire victim

    Dusty Shores, 61, of Galax, was burned, lost his kitchen and had the rest of his some saturated with smoke last Tuesday, when a hot wax treatment for arthritis ignited on his stove.

    Family members are helping out and collecting donations through a GoFundMe online fundraiser.

  • Carroll adds roads to VDOT plan

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors last week approved a plan that outlines 30 roads slated for surface improvements over the next six years.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation’s proposed secondary six-year road plan was approved at the supervisors’ May regular monthly meeting.

  • Resident burned in Fries Road house fire

    Staff Report

    Galax firefighters pride themselves on a quick response time, but on Tuesday night it was even faster than usual.

    That was good news for a person who was burned in a cooking-related fire at their home.

    On May 10 at 8:13 p.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 505 Fries Road in Galax.

  • Suspect in custody after chase through West Galax

    Staff Report

    Galax police searched for several hours on Tuesday for a man who ran when officers tried to serve a warrant.

    According to a police report, Jason Henry Brown, 37, of Galax was spotted by Sgt. Mark Burnett the morning of May 10. Burnett knew that Brown was wanted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for violating his probation. When approached, police said Brown fled on foot.

  • Man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A Galax man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal drug trafficking charges.

    In the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on May 10, Sylvester Monroe Jackson, 42, of Galax, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

  • Fries to hold public hearing on budget

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council met on May 3 after the town’s General Election, for a short meeting to discuss several project updates and remind the public about upcoming events.

    Council will hold a public hearing May 17 at 6:30 p.m. concerning the town’s 2016-17 budget. The final meeting on the budget will be held June 7.

    Large item curbside pickup for the Town of Fries is scheduled for June 17. Council informed the public to contact Grayson County Public Works to schedule any pickups, or to find out more about what items will be accepted.

  • Carroll considers tax increase

    HILLSVILLE – To balance the budget, Carroll County officials recommend a tax increase for both real estate and personal property.

    Interim County Administrator Nikki Cannon presented the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget to the board of supervisors at Monday’s regular monthly meeting, which outlined the proposed increases and a total budget amount of $41.15 million.

  • Three charged by Galax police

    Staff Reports

    According to a report released by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included the following:

    • Justin Blaine Amburn, 33, of Galax, was arrested by Officer Trevor Jefferson on May 4 at 2:24 a.m. for felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs, two counts misdemeanor contempt of court and four counts misdemeanor revocation of suspended sentence and probation.