Local News

  • 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.”

  • Galax project earns state award

    Galax’s Bottom Area Project won a state award for the 2016 Best Housing/Revitalization Effort at the Governor’s Housing Conference in December.

    The award was for Phases I and II of the project to fix stormwater drainage problems in the low-lying, flood-prone neighborhood near Chestnut Creek, and to fix up houses for many of the people who live there.

    Galax City Council recognized the city staff for the award at its Dec. 12 meeting.

  • Commissioner wants to modernize tax collection in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is proposing a new method for filing personal property tax forms, and will hold a public hearing in January to hear citizen comments.

    Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt presented the alternative plan to the board during its December meeting. He held up his own tax form as an example.

  • State deals with budget shortfall

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented his amendments to the 2016-2018 biennium budget to members of the Senate Finance, House Appropriations and House Finance committees on Dec. 16.

  • Officer assault suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Police Department responded to a report of a fight in progress involving a metal pipe at 12:16 a.m. on Dec. 20, according to a report released by Capt. James Cox.

    Officer Trevor Jefferson arrived at the intersection of McArthur Street and Painter Street and located Daniel Tyree Lester, 29, of Galax, on foot. While Jefferson was speaking to Lester, the man allegedly assaulted Jefferson and attempted to flee.

  • Firm chosen for GES renovation design

    After a second round of presentations, the Galax City School Board has decided to use architectural and engineering firm WM2A to design an expansion of the elementary school.

    The three firms who were left after the first round of presentations – WM2A, RRMM and OWPR – all had outlines for renovating the existing Galax Elementary School site while making additions for a larger student body, but the board decided that WM2A had the best overall plans.

  • No injuries in Carroll wreck

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on Danville Pike in Carroll County at 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 19 left no injuries but heavy damage to the automobiles, said Sgt. Scott Todd of the Virginia State Police.

    A 1998 Ford SUV driven by Donna Beckley, 66, of Fancy Gap, was headed west when it crossed the double solid line and struck a 2011 Land Rover SUV driven by Lorrie Mann, 58, of Meadows of Dan, head-on.