Local News

  • Car run off road, crashes into house

    Staff Reports

    Travis Dale Coulson, 37, of Galax has been taken into custody by the Galax Police Department after chasing a man in a car off of Greenville Road and causing the other driver to crash into a home at the corner of Kenbrook Drive, according to Chief Rick Clark.

    The pickup truck Coulson was driving also crashed at the corner of Kenbrook and Greenville. He was taken into custody at the scene.

  • School board looks back on 2016 progress

    INDEPENDENCE — During Schools’ Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s monthly report December, he summarized the work that had been done throughout the school system over the past year.

  • Brannock departs as chamber director

    After a long and industrious run, Judy Brannock is retiring as executive director for the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Brannock stepped down at the end of 2016 after 15 years at the chamber. The chamber’s executive board will meet to appoint an interim director to serve until a full-time director is hired.

    “I am leaving, number one, to see my grandsons more often,” explained Brannock in an interview with The Gazette.

  • Recount confirms win for Anderson

    INDEPENDENCE — A recount to determine the winner of the Nov. 8, 2016, special election for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member has determined that candidate Tracy “Zeke” Anderson, who led in the initial results by two votes, actually won the seat by 11 votes.

    The recount was held Dec. 27, 2016, in the Grayson County Circuit Court. A petition for the recount was filed by Philip Vaughan of Fries on Nov. 30. Vaughan finished second in the election for the seat, out of four total candidates.

  • Police: crash involved stolen car

    Staff Report

    A head-on collision on Meadow Creek Road near Davis Knob in Grayson County, which totaled both vehicles, involved a stolen car and one subject fled the scene, according to Virginia State Trooper D.A. Phipps.

    A 2003 GMC pickup, driven by James Ford, 74, of Galax, was traveling along Meadow Creek Road when a 2003 Mazda Tribute, driven by Taylor Nathaniel Tower, 30, of Fleming Island, Fla., crossed the road and struck him head-on.

  • Will pot law go up in smoke?

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A month after saying he was open to studying the decriminalization of marijuana, the top elected Republican in Virginia has formally asked a key legislative commission to look into the issue.

    State Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment had opposed decriminalization in the past.

    But during a Nov. 1 appearance in Norfolk, he said: “I think it’s absolutely crazy that we continue to lock people up for possession of a modest amount of marijuana.”

  • Hillsville family loses home to fire

    HILLSVILLE — A structure fire on Fancy Gap Highway at around 1 a.m. on Dec. 26 left a home with a destroyed basement and heavy heat and smoke damage upstairs, said Hillsville Volunteer Fire Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler.

    “As far as what’s started it, it’s undetermined,” said Spangler. “The fire itself was contained to the basement.”

    The occupants, a family renting the property, “were, by their statement, home at the time and awakened by smoke,” Spangler said. There were no injuries.

  • Woman thrown from car, suspect sought

    Staff Reports

    Travis Dale Coulson, 37, of Galax, is wanted in relation to an incident in which a woman was thrown out of a car and threatened with a knife.

    Galax police responded to a call at 5:09 p.m. on Dec. 29 in the Food City parking lot.

    Coulson, described by police as a white male, six feet tall and 230 lbs., with blue eyes and brown hair, allegedly injured a 32-year-old female from Galax.

  • Man charged for breaking and entering

    Staff Report

    FRIES — A Galax man has been charged with breaking and entering and other offenses, after allegedly attempting to bust out the window of a residence while the occupants locked themselves in a bedroom.

  • Driver leads police on chase

    Staff Reports

    Christmas Day brought local police a most unwelcome present: a chase through Galax and Carroll County.

    “Officers Silverio Gonzales and Jason Hawks observed a vehicle that matched the description given earlier of a suspected intoxicated driver traveling east on Stuart Drive,” said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark. “When Gonzales attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled through the city into Carroll County. The pursuit traveled through the Cliffview Section into the Hebron and Woodlawn sections of Carroll County.”