Local News

  • Li'l Country Store closing after four decades

    The owner of the Li’l Country Store on Pipers Gap Road has announced it will be closing down.

    The store has been locally owned and operated as a convenience stop in the community for 44 years as of March 1, according to owner Nancy Parks.

    The store is well known for its wide variety of inventory, ranging from groceries to tools and appliances. Alongside convenience items, the store also has a deli that serves sandwiches, beverages and other foods.

  • Rally will focus on gun violence, legal reform

    HILLSVILLE — Local churches are organizing a peace rally and walk Sunday to honor recent victims of gun violence and to support sensible gun reform.

    The Rev. Kevin Campbell of Hillsville Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Amanda Moore of Hillsville Christian Church are two of the event’s organizers.

  • Eisenhauer sentencing hearing postponed

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — A judge has granted a defense motion to postpone a sentencing hearing for David Eisenhauer, found guilty earlier this month of murdering 13-year-old Nicole Lovell.

    Eisenhauer, who is from Maryland but listed Galax as his home address to claim in-state tuition, pleaded no contest to killing the teen in 2016 and hiding her body in Surry County, N.C., just south of the Grayson County line. He could face life in prison for those crimes, plus abduction.

  • Smokehouse changing hands, but not menu

    The Galax Smokehouse’s 15th anniversary is Wednesday, and along with lots of fond memories comes a surprise: the popular downtown institution has changed hands.

    Partners Ron Passmore and Dan Milby, who started and have maintained the restaurant for a decade and a half, have passed it on to managers Bernadette Hodges and Casey Dawkins.

    “It hasn’t been an emotionless decision,” said Milby, visibly misting up; but they’re ready to move on to a new phase, he said.

  • 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.