Local News

  • 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.

  • Old Galax bank has new owner

    While one vacant downtown Galax bank building – the old Carter Bank & Trust – has been pulled down, the former Wachovia bank building at 200 N. Main Street has been purchased by LB Capital Management.

  • Regulators approve bank merger

    Staff Report

    The application by Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd to combine into a single holding company has been approved by federal and state regulators.

    The combination was approved by the Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions, the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    Cardinal Bankshares Corp., the parent company of Bank of Floyd, and Grayson Bankshares Inc. announced the approval on Monday.

  • Training center celebrates 40 years

    HILLSVILLE – The Southwestern Virginia Training Center held a day of memories for its 40th anniversary on May 3.

    Since opening in 1976, the training center has been a home for many residents and employees, and memorabilia from the past four decades was on display in the campus gym.

  • Three hurt in DUI wreck

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Virginia man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after an accident that sent him and two others to the hospital.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, officers were dispatched to an accident on April 30 at 2:50 p.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of Route 100 (Sylvatus Smith Highway) and Route 750 (Homestead Road).

  • Bank to hold merger meetings

    Staff Report

    The Board of Directors of Grayson Bankshares Inc. and Grayson National Bank announced that a special shareholder meeting will be held May 24, at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department at 529 Davis Street at 1 p.m.

    As in the past, small group informational meetings will also be held in advance on May 9 and May 11.

    Board Chairman Tom Jackson said, “We look forward to seeing our shareholders, reviewing our recent results and our plans for the future, including our planned combination with the Bank of Floyd.”