Local News

  • Boyd joins 9th District race as independent

    Staff Report

    Janice Allen Boyd has announced her candidacy for the U.S. Congress 9th District seat.

    The district includes Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

    The independent candidate said she has “traveled over every major and minor road system and met thousands upon thousands of residents” personally to gather signatures on a petition to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot. In a news release, she thanked residents from Abingdon and Christiansburg who put her over the minimum 1,000 signatures she needed.

  • GHS student makes gift for firefighters as school project

    Brady White, now a senior at Galax High School, picked creating a wooden sign as a shop project in the school’s Career & Technical Education program during his junior year.

    The sign, which bears elements related to firefighting, is his gift to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. “I’m with the fire department,” said White. “I’m an Explorer. I knew the machine was here [at school], and I wanted to do something with it, and this was the first thing I thought of.

  • Factory vandalism trial delayed

    HILLSVILLE — Corey Dean Hodges’ criminal trial has been granted a continuance in the Carroll County Circuit Court; the Oct. 20 date has been changed to Dec. 12.

    Hodges was charged with destruction of property and statutory burglary after a Feb. 3 incident at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax.

  • Two charged in paving scam

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Two Fries men were recently arrested and charged with their alleged involvement in a scam business selling overpriced paving work to local citizens.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Timothy Hamilton, 45, and Jonathan Hamilton, 18, of 64 Honey Lane were taken into custody for obtaining money by false pretenses and contracting without a license.

  • Independent candidate enters race for Congress

    Staff Report

    Kimberly Lowe of Brunswick County is running for the 9th Congressional District seat as an independent write-in candidate in the Nov. 8 election.

    The native Roanoker is a candidate in both the 5th and 9th Congressional districts.

  • Motorists often ignore bus safety

    INDEPENDENCE ― Last year, one bus driver for the Grayson County school system went to court five times to deal with offenses where drivers had passed the bus while it was stopped during a route.

    National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 17-21, and the Grayson County Public School system is reminding citizens about the importance of obeying traffic laws ― particularly in the case of loading and unloading students from school buses.

  • Police: passenger grabs wheel, causes crash

    Staff Reports

    One passenger fled the scene of a single-vehicle accident Tuesday at 6:55 p.m. on Delhart Road and two others were transported for treatment of minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper P.K. Cheek.

  • Poll: Virginia voters still prefer Clinton

    Staff Report

    Hillary Clinton’s strong lead in Virginia over Donald Trump appears to be rooted solidly in voters’ opinions that she is more qualified to be president than Trump on temperament, experience and key issues, including military and foreign policy issues, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

  • Menu theft among recent Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Like restaurant menus, arrest reports contain familiar items you see time and time again. Drug arrests and parole violations are the staples, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

    But once in a while, a charge stands out, like an unexpected daily special.

    Among the typical crimes Galax police investigated recently was one that was distinctly different. An arrest report released by the department says that, on Aug. 19, police were called to Bogeys Restaurant to investigate the theft of 96 menus from the business.

  • Virginia facing state trooper shortage

    Landmark News Service

    Poor salaries and an unsustainable workload are prompting a surge of troopers to leave the Virginia State Police this year while applications continue to decrease, the agency’s commander wrote to employees.

    The details in a Sept. 16 memo from Col. W. Steven Flaherty to his department come as the state is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall in its two-year budget and the governor is looking for cuts from executive branch agencies.