Local News

  • City moves personal property tax deadline to Jan. 5

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Galax residents will have a little longer to pay their personal property taxes this year, thanks to extra-thorough testing of the billing software.

    At the Nov. 13 meeting, City Manager Keith Barker asked Galax City Council members to move the deadline for personal property payments to 30 days later than the regular Dec. 5 date.

    “No one will incur penalties for payment past the normal date,” Barker noted.

  • Foundation awards grants to non-profits, local governments

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Community Foundation announced the awarding of 12 healthcare-related grants totaling $250,641 to entities in Carroll, Grayson and Galax.

    The foundation’s first grants were to eligible not-for-profit agencies and local government entities to promote health, education, and welfare of the region’s citizens.

    Grants for the 2018 fiscal year are awarded to:

    • Lions Club of Galax Charities, Inc. for $1500 for eyeglasses and hearing aids for low-income persons.

  • Suspect sought in Grayson

    Staff Reports

    A man involved in an altercation at a Beech Grove Lane home on Tuesday has said he will turn himself in to police after a three-day search, according to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of 2212 Beech Grove Lane, was a suspect in an incident Nov. 14 at his residence, according to the sheriff’s office.

    At approximately 4 p.m. that day, Grayson County deputies responded to Combs’ residence for a report of a self-inflicted stab wound.

  • Stabbing suspect sought in Grayson

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police are searching for a suspect involved in a reported stabbing on Beech Grove Lane in Galax on Tuesday afternoon.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of 2212 Beech Grove Lane, is a suspect in a stabbing at the residence, which occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office.

    The victim reportedly received minor wounds.

    Combs was last seen running into a wooded area near Beech Grove, wearing a camouflage jacket.

  • Grand jury indicts five in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against five suspects were recently opened in Grayson County.

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on Oct. 27 returned the indictments. Several of the indictments were sealed until those named could be arrested.

    Richard Scott Anders Jr., 48, of Dublin, was indicted on nine charges of possession of child pornography (second or subsequent offense).

  • Hillsville approves cell tower

    HILLSVILLE — On a 4-1 vote, Hillsville Town Council on Monday approved U.S. Cellular’s request to build a cell phone tower that the company says will improve reception for customers.

    U.S. Cellular requested a special exception permit to construct a 120-foot tower with a 4-foot lighting rod on top at 258 Cherry Street, on property behind Barker Microfarads.

    The location is the same one where AT&T previously applied to have a tower placed; the town rejected that application.

  • Berrier files for recount

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County’s School Board election results for the Fancy Gap District are being challenged by candidate Phillip W. Berrier.

    Berrier has filed for a recount after incumbent Joey D. Haynes won the Nov. 7 election by a three-vote margin, with Berrier placing second in the four-way race.

    Gina Hall and Patricia Sebens also ran in the district race, but each garnered less than half of Berrier’s 498 votes. Haynes received 501.

  • Cana Rescue renovations complete


    CANA – Renovations have been completed and the Cana station of Carroll County Fire Rescue is now in operation on U.S. 52.

    The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) voted at its September meeting to borrow $250,000 to purchase the Cana Rescue Squad building and operate it as part of Carroll County Fire Rescue.

  • Church shooting renews interest in safety training

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The recent church shooting in Texas that claimed 26 innocent lives and injured several others has many church leaders concerned about their safety.

    To address those concerns, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced last week that his office will offer free safety training for churches throughout the county.

  • Citizens speak out on Galax projects

    Galax residents spoke out about widening sidewalks, fixing stormwater runoff problems and addressing flooding problems in the city’s “Bottom” neighborhood, at a public information session about the city’s proposed Virginia Department of Transportation-funded capital improvement projects.

    Galax City Council held the session at its Oct. 16 meeting.

    The city must formally apply for the money from VDOT, noted City Manager Keith Barker. He added that VDOT is changing from a one-year to two-year funding cycle.