Local News

  • Police: report of child thrown off bridge was false

    Staff Report

    A Montgomery County woman is charged with filing a false police report and other violations after she called 911 to claim that her child had been thrown from a bridge.

    Officers responded to the bridge over Chestnut Creek on South Main Street the afternoon of April 29. Police closed off the street while officers, firefighters and rescue personnel waded the creek and searched the banks below the bridge for the child, who the woman said was thrown off the bridge by a male suspect.

  • Galax firefighters respond to calls at state park, restaurant

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to two fires last weekend and a false alarm on Monday.

    On April 22 at 10 p.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire at Dannelly Park on Creekview Drive at the New River Trail.

    Firefighters responded to find a wood shed in the campground on fire. Due to the difficulty of accessing the campground, the Brush 13 engine was called to cross the footbridge to extinguish the fire. The GVFD cleared in 30 minutes.

  • Art school taught 425 students last year

    In 2016, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax held more than 100 classes, at an average of five hours per class, for more than 425 students, resulting in payments to area artists totaling over $17,000.

    Chris Pollins, executive director of CCSA, reported on the school’s 2016 activities at a March meeting of Galax City Council. She also requested funding for public art projects.

  • New trial date set for chase, crash suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial for Travis Dale Coulson, indicted on multiple charges in a Galax chase that allegedly caused another driver to crash through a house, has been rescheduled.

    Coulson, 38, of Galax, was scheduled to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court on April 21; but the case was continued and a new trial date is set for June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. The trial is scheduled to last one day.

  • Training can be time-consuming for fire, rescue volunteers

    INDEPENDENCE — A survey to assist Grayson County fire and rescue departments in providing local services found that time and travel for training are the biggest issues facing volunteers.

    The survey team, which included representatives of the Virginia Fire Services Board, Office of EMS and Virginia Department of Forestry, met with local fire and rescue volunteers on April 13 in the boardroom of the Grayson County Courthouse.

  • Farmers' market sprouts in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – The Town of Hillsville will have a new addition to its summer event lineup in the form of a community farmer’s market. Running from May to December, the market hopes to draw in local vendors and promote healthy food choices within the community.

    Avery Beamer, the market manager, says that the community seems to be eager for it to open. “I’ve seen a lot of excitement from the community about the market,” Beamer said. “People are really supportive of the idea and I think it’s going to do very well.”

  • Houk honored by Emory & Henry

    Galax teacher Rose Houk is usually noted for her cheerful demeanor, positive attitude and willingness to offer a hand. On March 23, she was honored by Emory & Henry University on the institution’s Founders Day for so much more.

  • No charges after car runs into bank

    The Galax Police Department has issued a formal report regarding a vehicle that crashed into the front of the BB&T on E. Stuart Drive on April 19.

    According to the report, a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Bobby Don Spicer, 78, of Galax, was pulling into the parking lot directly in front of the main entrance when he tried to brake. Spicer apparently hit the gas pedal by mistake, driving forward over a cement barrier and into the building.

  • Crawford is county's new planning director

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson recently welcomed Will Crawford as the county’s new planning and community development director.

    Crawford will fill the empty seat left last December by Elaine Holeton, who served as the director for five years before accepting a new position with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • 'Tide Tags' reward responsibility

    “Tide Tags” are a highly sought-after reward among Galax Elementary School students, according to a group of teachers and administrators – April Gunn, Darla Robbins, Beth Hodges and Darla Wells – who presented the program in the Focus on Instruction segment of the Galax School Board meeting on April 11.