Local News

  • Dixon to remain at Galax

     When Galax football coach Mark Dixon submitted his resignation several weeks ago to pursue the chance to coach in college, he didn't entirely rule out returning to the high school ranks some day.

    That day turned out to be Tuesday.

    After several interviews at college programs all across the spectrum of divisions, Dixon concluded that the little single-A high school in Southwest Virginia is where he belongs.

  • No new leads in missing person case

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office says it is still looking for clues in the disappearance of a Whitetop man missing since 2015.

    John William Wingler Sr., who was 74 when last seen, has been missing for more than a year. He was last seen around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road. He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

  • Blaze destroys home, injures firefighter

    A structure fire on April 3 at 11:32 p.m. on Coal Creek Road in Galax left a single-story home completely destroyed.

    No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no casualties. One firefighter suffered a burn injury to the hand and wrist while working on scene, and was transported by Galax-Grayson EMS to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment before being released.

  • Council plans road projects

    Road projects were on the agenda at Galax City Council’s March 27 meeting, including work on Cranberry Road, possible funding for street paving and a sidewalk extension.

    After several months’ negotiation with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city has signed engineering agreements with the Lane Group and the design of the Cranberry Road project has started.

    The road is to be widened and the curve straightened on the length of Cranberry that runs between Glendale Road and U.S. 58, beside the new Sheetz store.

  • Break-ins, assault among Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Two men are charged in separate incidents with breaking into Galax residences. One also faces an assault charge and the other allegedly broke in with the intent to commit assault, police said.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, James Oliver Johnson, 56, of Woodlawn, was arrested on March 27 by Sgt. Shawny Jones and charged with felony breaking and entering a dwelling at night, misdemeanor assault on a family member, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor intentional damage to a monument amounting to less than $1,000.

  • Lewis indicted on murder charge

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    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — During its March 28 quarterly session, a Smyth County grand jury handed down four indictments for a Wythe County man accused in the August 2016 hit-and-run killing of his ex-girlfriend and the attempted malicious wounding of her companion.

    The incident left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz of Fries dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Baby injured in Dugspur wreck


    DUGSPUR – A three-month-old baby was injured April 3 in a single-vehicle rollover accident that occurred on U.S. 221 in Carroll County near Dugspur.

    Virginia State Trooper S.M. Phillips said Kasey Fox, 25, of Floyd, was traveling north on 221 in a 2015 Subaru when she ran off the left side of the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.

    Fox was wearing her seatbelt and received minor injuries. Her 3-month-old son, who was strapped in a car seat, was injured.

  • Grayson faces more school budget cuts

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is facing a difficult budget year, as a lack of funding has lead members to consider some tough cuts; including money for the high school’s dual enrollment program, capital improvement projects and personnel reductions as staff retires.

    In addition to this year’s concerns, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore warned the board about potential cuts in federal funding with the next budget; meaning that the administrators will need to plan ahead and seek alternative sources for funding.

  • Fire destroys home

    Staff Report

    A fire near Pipers Gap destroyed a home late Thursday night.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and other agencies responded to the fire at 76 Coal Creek Road.

    The cause is unknown at this time, and there are no injuries reported.

    We'll have more details when we receive a report from the fire department.

  • Burglary suspects in custody

    Staff Reports

    Two Galax men and a juvenile male have been charged with a series of burglaries that occurred between Feb. 24 and March 14.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, the adults arrested were Michael David Owens, 19, and Tyler Graham King, 23.

    The men are alleged to have committed four burglaries at two different locations in East Galax, said Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Property valued at more than $2,000 was reported stolen by the victims. A portion of the property has been recovered.