Local News

  • 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.”

  • Work will change Carroll traffic

    Paving operations for the U.S. 58 improvement project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties will lead to a traffic pattern change on May 16 if weather permits.

    Traffic on 58 traveling east from 5.6 miles west of the intersection of U.S. 58 and Virginia 600 will be switched onto the newly constructed two lanes of eastbound 58.

    The new two lanes of eastbound 58 will tie into the existing two eastbound lanes of 58 that were constructed when 58 was previously widened to four lanes.

  • Four injured in crash near Galax

    Staff Report

    Four individuals were airlifted following an accident that occurred on Elk Horn Road on May 1.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, authorities were dispatched at 4:05 p.m. to the scene of an accident on Route 713 (Elk Horn Road), just north of Route 712 (Mallory Road).

    The report stated that a 2015 Toyota was traveling northbound on 713 when the driver crossed the centerline. The driver, Sabreen Amin, 25, of Snellville, Ga., struck a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by Travis Ray Sawyers, 30, of Galax.

  • Six charged with drug offenses

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, six people were arrested on drug charges in the city last week.

    • John Evan Melton, 51, of Galax, was arrested on April 28 at 2:07 p.m. by Officer Jeremiah Foutch for felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs and misdemeanor petit larceny (first offense).

  • Galax plans to eliminate vehicle decals

    At the April 25 Galax City Council meeting, council voted to get rid of city decals for vehicles in fiscal year 2017.

    The vote was made after Finance Director Judy Taylor-Gallimore presented the option to merely add the $25 former decal fee for cars ($15 for motorcycles) onto personal property taxes.

  • Voters choose new council members

    Staff Reports

    New council members will join Galax City Council and town councils in Fries and Independence, after Tuesday’s May 3 general election.

    Turnout was low in all localities — just under 4 percent in Independence, which had no contested races; and about 28 percent in Fries, which had a nine-way race for seven council seats.