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Today's News

  • Wreck leaves multiple victims

    A three-car accident on Route 58 in the eastbound lane left multiple victims transported by EMS from the scene. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

    The incident occurred in the vicinity of Magic Mart.

    Involved were a silver Nissan 4x4, a dark gray Buick LeSabre and a dark blue 4-door Ford sedan.

    Responding were Galax Grayson EMS, Pipers Gap EMS and the Galax Police Department.

    More information will be added as it becomes available.

  • Riders oppose closing horse trails

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A group of Grayson County area horseback riding enthusiasts is speaking out against a U.S. Forest Service proposal to close 80 percent of the trails its members use in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Galax Theatre Guild takes final bow

    The Galax Theatre Guild celebrated 40 years of making memories on stage with a 40th Anniversary Gala at the Galax Golf Course country club on April 24.

    Following a dinner, the guild presented a musical revue featuring some of its finest performers over the years.

  • Man charged with grand larceny, burglary

    A Laurel Fork man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary that was reported on April 26, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Galax police responded to Ward’s Auto and U-Haul Rental on Jefferson Street in the city, where the owner reported that someone had broken in to the business, the report said. The victim discovered a 2007 Ford Truck had been stolen, after the suspect allegedly obtained the keys during the burglary.

  • Materials donated for Fries center revitalization

    FRIES — The Fries Community Center is one step closer to getting a shiny new makeover, thanks to a recent donation of siding material from a company in Pulaski.

    Mayor Richard Farmer confirmed that James Hardie Inc., a construction and remodeling company, has donated materials to replace the old siding on the community center building.

    The material has already been brought to the town, and Farmer says the next step is securing funds to install it. He noted that the material is enough to cover most of the building, if not all of it.

  • Galax budget balances with tax increase

    Galax’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 is down, due to the completion of several projects, but rising costs will necessitate an increase in the real estate tax.

    According to City Manager Keith Barker, the budget balances with a 5.8 percent increase in the real estate tax, from $.69 to $.73 per $100 assessed value.

    Without the real estate tax increase, Barker said there would be a $175,000 deficit in the general fund.

  • Firefighters, paramedics handle farm accident, other calls

    The Galax Fire Department stayed busy over the last weekend of April and into early last week; activity included a flue fire, a farming accident, electrical and automobile fires, according to a report given by Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Chalfant addresses school budget issues

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of often adversarial public meetings on the county’s school budget, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Wednesday issued a statement to local media about the challenges facing school officials.

    The statement came a day after parents, students and community members demonstrated outside the school board office to demand changes in leadership and protested recent decisions on budgeting, finances, personnel and safety.

  • Galax police cameras focus on accuracy, accountability

    Nearly a year ago, the Galax Police Department took a step forward in both technology and accountability when it began sending officers out with body cameras.

    While there’s been talk in the Virginia legislature of making body cameras mandatory for all police officers in the commonwealth, there’s yet to be a law passed enforcing this. In Galax, however, the cameras are already in use.

  • GCHS Prom 2015

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — About 300 danced the night away at Grayson County High School’s annual Junior-Senior Prom on April 25.

    The prom’s theme this year was “If Only for One Night.” The event was coordinated by GCHS teacher Amanda Brewer, who was assisted by many volunteers.