Local News

  • 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.

  • Fire department receives grant for smoke detectors

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Fries Volunteer Fire and Rescue recently received a grant from the Firefighters Charitable Foundation, a nationwide foundation that assists fire victims and volunteer fire departments, for the purchase and installation of free smoke detectors in their coverage area.

    Members recently learned that many homes in the Fries area do not have a working smoke detector.

  • PSA to gauge interest in Cana water project

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority will hold a meeting at St. Paul School in Cana later this month to discuss a potential water project in the area.

    At the PSA’s January meeting, engineer Kevin Heath of The Lane Group in Galax gave a preliminary report on the Cana water project. According to Heath, USDA Rural Development awarded the authority a search grant for Cana and the Exit 1 area of Interstate 77 to look at water system needs.

  • Factory could return to regular production Monday

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture has announced that factory employees should be ready to come back to work on Monday.

    The company’s special website (www.vbgalax.com) also says that employees will be informed by today, Friday, whether their departments will work on Monday.

    The website was created in the wake of the Feb. 3 finishing area contamination to keep employees current on closings.

    Company President Doug Bassett said Wednesday that the news listed on the site was accurate and up to date.

  • Two charged with felonies in Galax

    Staff Reports

    Galax police made two felony arrests last week.

    John Walter Campbell, 41, of Kannapolis, N.C., was arrested on Feb. 7 at 5:54 p.m. by Officer T.E. Woods.

  • AEP: Wildwood ready to do business

    Staff Reports

    Wildwood Commerce Park has earned site certification through American Electric Power’s Quality Sites Program, which makes the Carroll County site more marketable to potential industries.

    Located at Exit 19 of Interstate 77 in Carroll County, Wildwood is a 273-acre regional industrial park with graded 100- and 25-acre sites and utilities in place.