Local News

  • Task force busts meth operation

    Staff Report

    Two local drug task forces have reported the sentencing of several major drug traffickers as a result of an ongoing federal investigation being conducted in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the overall federal investigation involves a large-scale drug trafficking group responsible for the importation and distribution of methamphetamine in and around the City of Galax; Carroll, Grayson, Wythe and Pulaski counties; and the Town of Pulaski.

  • Spark causes explosion at Webb plant

    An industrial explosion Monday morning at the Webb Particle Board plant in Galax left no injuries, but required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    According to Assistant Chief Mark Burnett, “When the plant started up, they turned the fan on here; a spark of some sort down in this separator exploded. They turned it off real quick and kept damage to the minimum.”

    “I heard a ‘kaboom!’ and called the fire department,” said Dean Oakley, who drives a truck for the company, recounting the incident on scene.

  • Factory explosion causes no injuries


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    An industrial explosion at Webb Particleboard in Galax left no injuries but required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.


  • Brooks challenges for county prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — Roger Brooks, a Republican, is challenging independent incumbent Douglas Vaught for the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney seat in the Nov. 3 election.

    “I decided to run for commonwealth’s attorney because I see the position as another opportunity to give back to the community,” Brooks said in an email to the newspaper. “For 20 years, I have provided services, often for free, for fire departments, rescue squads, churches, even towns in Grayson County.”

  • Council members object to motto

    At the Oct. 12 Galax City Council meeting, a heated debate broke out when Galax Police Chief Rick Clark rose to address council regarding the “In God We Trust” project.

    The project, according to Clark, involves approving the phrase “In God We Trust” as the official motto of Galax, as well as adding it to police cruisers, “because that phrase, or some form of that phrase, is deeply seated in the history of our nation,” said Clark.

    Two city council members objected to the motto, on both theological and secular grounds.

  • Five candidates unopposed in Carroll election

    HILLSVILLE – The November election in Carroll County will have several unopposed incumbents on the ballot. Those include Nathan Lyons for commonwealth’s attorney, Fran McPherson for commissioner of revenue, R.J. “Bob” Martin Jr. for the Pine Creek district seat on the board of supervisors, Olen Gallimore for the Pine Creek district seat on the school board and Reginald “Reggie” Gardner for the Sulphur Springs district seat on the school board.

    Olen Gallimore

  • State of the Unions

    An old English rhyme says something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue are said to be the four key ingredients for a perfect wedding.

    According to The Knot, a popular website for wedding planning, something old represents continuity; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity; and something new offers optimism for the future.

  • Supervisor candidates answer voters' questions

    HILLSVILLE – Candidates for Carroll County Board of Supervisors spoke about budgets, improvements and other issues at an Oct. 13 forum.

    Moderator Laura Terry asked questions posed by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the forum at Carroll County High School.

  • Fire damages home

    A fire on Bedsaul Road at about 9 a.m. Wednesday left one room of a house damaged, though no one harmed, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    A single room of a residence, along with its contents, were involved in the fire, which Hankley said was possibly electrical in origin. No one was home at the time.

  • City officer involved in crash

    Staff Report

    A Galax police officer was involved in a single vehicle accident Monday afternoon while on duty, resulting in what Police Chief Rick Clark called “extensive damage” to the vehicle but no physical injury.

    Sgt. Shawny Jones was traveling west on Glendale Road at 2:55 p.m. operating a 2014 Dodge Charger police cruiser. He swerved to miss a vehicle making a left turn onto Glade Street, lost control and struck a tree.