Local News

  • Four Galax council seats up for election

    Staff Report

    Four seats on Galax City Council will be up for election this year.

    Any registered city voter wishing to qualify as a council member candidate for the May 1 general election should submit required candidacy forms and documents to the city’s director of elections and general registrar at 111 E. Grayson St., Room #102, no later than 7 p.m. on March 6.

    The seats that will be up for election are currently held by C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene, Margo Crouse and John Garner.

  • Carroll house lost to fire

    A structure fire at 11:23 p.m. on Jan. 6 at a home on Danville Pike in Carroll County proved a total loss, but caused no death or injury, according to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler.

    “The occupants weren’t home,” he said. “They had gone to visit family elsewhere.”

    Spangler said the home had experienced “a partial collapse already when we pulled up.” Nonetheless, firefighters managed to protect a barn and a few outbuildings from the blaze.

  • Man rescued after being pinned under large tree

    Staff Reports

    A man was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., after being pinned beneath a tree while cutting wood on Tuesday.

    First responders answered the call at about 1 p.m. on Blackberry Lane in Galax, according to Assistant Chief Mark Burnett of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    Burnett, who was in charge of the extrication, said a large tree fell on the man, whom he declined to name, as he was cutting it for wood, trapping his leg.

  • Andrews to serve 2 years for tax fraud

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County business owner, who paid some of his employees in

    cash to avoid paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and later lied in a bankruptcy proceeding, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Abingdon.

    Jones Keith Andrews, 62, of Galax, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay the IRS restitution totaling $609,604, according to U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle.

  • Grayson honors schools' success

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited representatives of Baywood and Fairview elementaries to the December meeting to honor the schools for their recent accomplishments.

    Principal Mike Reavis of Baywood and Fairview schools and Director of Student Learning Susie Funk were present at the meeting to receive two honors on behalf of the schools. They were also joined by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District), who represents Grayson County.

    At the meeting, the board approved two proclamations in honor of the schools.

  • Truck hits house, driver dead at scene


    A 41-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., truck driver died at the scene after the tractor-trailer he was operating plowed into a house on Friday morning.

    The accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on U.S. 58 (Carrollton Pike) at Midway Heights in Carroll County. The house was next door to one hit by a truck in 2014.

  • Police: gunshot wound story didn't add up

    Staff Reports

    When two men gave different accounts of how one of them got shot in the leg, police investigated and found that they are suspects in a North Carolina burglary.

    The Winston-Salem, N.C., men were arrested and charged at Twin County Regional Hospital on Jan. 2, according to a report released by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Before leaving, supervisor warns of 'super coyotes'

    INDEPENDENCE — Outgoing county board member Eddie Rosenbaum gave his final address to constituents during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ December meeting, and used the time to address an issue that he has been passionate about during his time on the board — coyotes.

    Rosenbaum vacated his seat on the board last month, after announcing that he would not run for another term due to health reasons. Thomas “Rex” Revels took the seat representing the Wilson District on Jan. 1.

  • APCo: plan for higher winter bills

    Staff Report

    With frigid temperatures continuing to grip the region this week, Appalachian Power is urging customers to plan for the possibility of higher electric bills.

    “The colder it is outside, the more energy it takes to keep it warm inside, so in this extended cold spell I would anticipate an increase in electric usage for customers who heat with electricity,” said APCo spokesman Phil Moye. “This increased usage will result in higher bills.”

  • McAuliffe's budget aims to pad state reserves

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — One last shot at Medicaid expansion.

    That’s the big $584 million line item in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s final two-year budget before he leaves office this month. He presented it to the General Assembly’s money committees in December.

    The governor has included expansion in every one of his budgets, but the Republican-controlled legislature has refused.