Local News

  • City moving forward with GES project

    A loan will pay for the first phase of an expansion and remodeling project at Galax Elementary, after city council took action to approve a bond ordinance.

    At their December meeting, council members learned that the city had been approved for a project loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    In January, the city began the process of securing a bridge loan to use as working funds during the GES project’s construction. The USDA loan would then be used to pay off the bridge loan and serve as the loan’s mortgage.

  • Security measures protect schools

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools is re-emphasizing the importance of maintaining a secure and safe learning environment by expanding modernized, state-of-the art security systems across the district.

    The measures aren’t in response to recent school shootings, like the incident in Parkland, Fla., but have been an ongoing security measure. The use of these types of systems was first introduced to Carroll schools in 2014, and has been in daily use at Carroll County Middle School (CCMS) for approximately the past 2 years.

  • Grayson hopes to expand broadband

    INDEPENDENCE — A broadband consulting company is discussing a potential plan with Grayson County’s effort to expand high speed internet for the area’s underserved communities in the coming months.

    Sandie Terry, representing Rural Broadband Consulting LLC, met with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 12 and presented a plan of action for expanding the county’s internet access.

  • Sheriff's office reports on 2017 calls

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a total of 8,403 calls for service in 2017, according to an annual report released this month.

    Deputies also answered 417 animal control calls.

    They served 5,681 warrants; 1,270 criminal and 4,411 civil; and recorded 118 felony charges, 81 drug charges, and 21 larceny and burglary charges.

    The sheriff’s office drug-sniffing dog, Gauge, completed 225 searches last year, which included checks within Grayson County Schools.

  • GVFD responds to vehicle fire

    Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the late evening hours of Feb. 19 at the 3800 block on Gambetta Road.

    According to a report by Lt. Eric Hale of the fire department, a couple was driving home from upward basketball practice when their vehicle caught fire.

    The couple managed to escape the vehicle with no injuries before it quickly became engulfed in flames. Personal items were lost in the fire, and Hale said firefighters cleared the scene in approximately 30 minutes.

  • Novant Health will close Galax cardiology office

    A spokesperson for Novant Health confirmed that the company’s cardiology clinic on West Stuart Drive in Galax will be closing, with its last day of operation on Mar. 30.

  • Galax church celebrates Black History Month

    Members of the community congregated last Saturday evening at Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God on Calloway Street in Galax to celebrate Black History Month and hold a time of reflection to honor the many achievements of African-American society throughout the nation’s history.

    Dionne Tucker opened the Feb. 17 event with an inspirational celebration of religious and cultural background, expressed in song and dance by the Daughters of Zion. She described it as “something one may have been likely to hear during the slave era dating up to the Civil War.”

  • Man arrested after gun incident on WCC campus

    Staff Report

    WYTHEVILLE – A man is facing multiple charges following an incident Feb. 15 on the campus of Wytheville Community College.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, Alexander E. Dunford, 21, of Wytheville, threatened a male and female with a handgun in a campus parking lot that night. Dunford allegedly pointed the handgun at the couple and “dry fired” it, police said, meaning it was fired without ammunition.

    Neither the male nor female was injured.

  • March 6 is deadline for candidates to file for May election

    Staff Report

    Four localities will hold council elections in May, and the deadline to register is approaching.

    In Galax, four council seats are up for election on May 1.

    As of Feb. 16, candidates who had completed paperwork to run included incumbents C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene and John Garner; while newcomer Travis Haynes is in the process of qualifying. At least one more candidate, Sharon Ritchie, is collecting signatures with the intention of filing.

  • Bad Romance: scammers only love you for your money

    Staff Report

    Valentine’s Day just passed, but love — of money and deceit, anyway — is always in the air for online scammers.