Local News

  • Old bank building coming down in Galax

    The familiar sight of the old Carter Bank & Trust building in downtown Galax will soon be no more, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

    The Martinsville-based company’s local site is, said Barker, “finally being torn down after about five years of discussion with [Worth Carter Jr., chairman of the bank board] and his staff. The roof has fallen in and the building is not salvageable. I do not know their intent beyond this, except to remove the building, seed and get grass to grow.”

  • Carroll has top 'bots in state

    HILLSVILLE – A team of robot builders was among the award-winning students recognized at the Carroll County School Board’s March 8 meeting.

    The board also honored spelling and geography bee winners.

    Carroll County’s First LEGO League was recognized for its first-place finish in the VA-DC regional tournament. The team took home top honors in the category of Best Robot Design.

  • Car, bus collide in Galax

    A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Center and Main streets in downtown Galax left both vehicles totaled and several unknown injuries, according to Officer Drew Bobbitt of the Galax Police Department.

    The accident occurred late Monday morning when two vehicles, a District Three Public Transit bus and a gold Ford Escape SUV, collided. Officer Mark Burnett said at the scene that one vehicle had run a red light, but was unable to provide further information.

  • Carroll offers more options for health insurance, wellness

    HILLSVILLE – A third option for health insurance will be available for employees with the Carroll County Public Schools during open enrollment in August.

    The Carroll County School Board voted unanimously on March 8 to approve the addition of a high deductible plan with a health savings account, along with the other two plan options currently offered. This plan would be offered to employees at no cost for a single policy.

  • Mother and daughter remembered at vigil

    Felts Park is known as the place where most festivals happen in Galax.

    On Saturday evening, though there were ribbons and balloons, a much more somber event took place: the candlelight vigil for homicide victims Alyssa Ann Kenny 28, and her 21-month-old daughter, Anastasia Leighann Alley.

    At the 90-minute vigil, a crowd gathered to write messages on posterboards full of snapshots, pin ribbons to their shirts, mingle and talk. Hugs, smiles, tears and stories made the rounds.

  • Six in race for three seats on city council

    The May 3 election for Galax City Council will see one seat, held now by Dr. Bob Lazo, coming open as he steps down due to moving out of town, and two more seats, held by Sharon Plichta and William “Bill” Davis, coming open as their terms end on June 30.

    Both the incumbents are seeking re-election, and four qualified hopefuls are running, as well.

  • Democrat seeks nomination for 9th District seat

    D. Clay Pugh of Sugar Grove is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 9th Congressional District seat in 2016.

    A nominee will be chosen in Wytheville on May 21 for the seat held by three-term Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith.

  • Hillsville police raise money for body cameras

    HILLSVILLE – The Hillsville Police Department has registered with BodyCameraDonations.com in order to help raise money from the public for body cameras to outfit 17 officers.

    According to a news release from BodyCameraDonations.com, the donations would go towards buying Wolfcom Vision police body cameras, all-in-one units that combine a video camera, digital camera and a voice recorder.

    The units can store more than 18 hours of video, take more than 28,000 digital photos and record more than 180 hours of audio.

  • Galax police investigating double homicide

    Galax police on Friday evening had identified a “person of interest” in the deaths of Alyssa Ann Kenny, 28, and her 21-month-old daughter, Anastasia Leighann Alley, and spent the day interviewing witnesses and searching for clues

    Family members and friends were still reeling from the news on Friday, sharing remembrances of Alyssa and Anastasia with the newspaper, posting photos on social media and finding ways to cope with the loss.

  • Galax still assessing properties

    Galax’s four-year property tax reassessment is still going on, though it is past the initial stages.

    “The assessment by [assessors] Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group was finished around the end of December, first of January,” said Galax Commissioner of Revenue David Hankley. “Then they met with maybe 25 or 30 citizens concerned over their assessment.”

    Hankley said last year that, on average, taxes on residential property went down about 3 to 5 percent, and went up 2 to 3 percent on commercial property.