Local News

  • Galax man faces felony drug charge

    Staff Reports

    Paul Curtis Bond, 45, of Galax, was arrested on Feb. 13 and charged with a felony violation of the drug control act.

    According to a police report, Bond was arrested by Officer Tyler Houk after a quantity of suspected methamphetamine was discovered in Bond’s possession.

    Bond was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Trump, Clinton in lead, but Va. voters long for better choices

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia Republican voters narrowly favor Donald Trump and Democratic voters favor Hillary Clinton in their respective presidential primaries, according to a poll released Tuesday.

    The cell and landline phone survey of registered voters conducted Feb. 3-14 by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy also found many weren’t entirely happy with the choices. Both Trump and Clinton had high unfavorable ratings, which may matter in November should either become their party’s nominee.

  • VDOT making traffic signals more visible

    Staff Reports

    The Virginia Department of Transportation began installing safety improvements to traffic signals in the area the week of Feb. 1 and will continue installation over the next six months.

  • Virginians' chance to weigh in on presidential candidates is coming

    Landmark News Service

    The rambunctious presidential campaigns now centered in South Carolina may be miles away in distance and thoughts, but Virginia’s day is coming soon.

    The Palmetto State’s Republicans go to the polls Saturday and its Democrats a week later on Feb. 27 for their respective primaries. Then comes March 1 — so-called “Super Tuesday,” the largest single day of the primary season so far, when voters in Virginia and 13 other states head to the polls or caucuses.

  • Testimony: training center's loss would hurt economy

    RICHMOND – A bill introduced during the current legislative session that would prohibit the closure of the two of Virginia’s training centers for the developmentally disabled, including the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County, has been tabled.

    HB294 was brought before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources on Feb. 9. It was indicated on the General Assembly website that the bill was tabled by a voice vote from subcommittee members, largely because only a few members of the committee were present.

  • Carilion to pay $750K settlement

    Copyright, The Roanoke Times. Reprinted by permission.

    Carilion Clinic will pay $750,000 to the estate of a 19-year-old construction worker who, just four days after he was seen at a Galax doctor’s office, died of necrotizing fasciitis, a bacterial infection that destroys the body’s soft tissue.

  • Crossing guards keep kids safe and sound

    The temperature dipped to 23 degrees and snow fell as several lone figures stood at different locations on school property at all three Galax schools, carefully eyeing both moving cars and walking students to make certain the two stayed separate.

    The crossing guards who post themselves daily do a thankless but very important duty. And on Feb. 10, better known as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, the schools and Galax Safe Routes to Schools took time to thank those individuals.

  • Car flips on icy road

    A single vehicle wreck in the westbound lane of Grayson Parkway near the Baywood Market & Deli on Sunday at about 2:45 p.m. left a driver and passenger with unknown injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan.

    George Burkett, 79, of Speedwell, was driving a 2006 GMC pickup truck, with his wife as passenger, when the crash occurred.

    “They basically ran off the road on the right, hit the embankment and overturned,” said Vaughan, who added that the investigation was still open. “I'm sure the weather contributed to it.”

  • Scam callers claim to be from U.S. Treasury

    Staff Report

    An alert has been issued about callers targeting Virginia residents by masquerading as U.S. Treasury Department employees.

    The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia received a flood of reports from local consumers saying they’ve received robo-calls from someone claiming to be from the U.S. Treasury Department.

    The pre-recorded messages state charges are being filed through the U.S. Treasury office against the individual and that they need to return the call immediately or face arrest.

  • Three seats up for election in Galax this year

    With three seats coming open on Galax City Council on July 1, the race is on for anyone who qualifies to run for these positions.

    The seats are currently occupied by Bob Lazo, Sharon Plichta and Bill Davis. The local election, which is only for Galax City Council, will be held May 3.

    Applications to be on the ballot must be turned in to the Galax Office of the Registrar at 111 E. Grayson Street in downtown Galax in the municipal building by March 1.