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Today's News

  • Man guilty of coyote bounty fraud

    INDEPENDENCE — James Edward Lawrence has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fraud against Grayson County’s now discontinued coyote bounty program.

    According to court records, Lawrence, 33, of Galax, was charged by game warden Jason Harris with fraud (obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200).

    Lawrence waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which sent the case directly to the grand jury. On Oct. 23, 2015, the grand jury in Grayson County Circuit Court determined that there was enough evidence against Lawrence to warrant a trial.

  • Policy change creates career education opportunities

    Galax City Schools are happy at the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2015, replaces the older and much more strict No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which went into effect in 2002 under former President George W. Bush.

  • Church breaks sacred ground

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church broke ground on its new addition on Sunday.

    The church has been in its Virginia Street location since 2014. According to Pastor Jeff Pickett, on Oct. 19, 2014, the day of the first service, it was apparent that the church would need more room to accommodate the rapid growth in children’s classes.

    “And we knew we could not accommodate all of the church family for any meals in a timely fashion in the temporary fellowship hall,” said Pickett.

  • Wagner charged with burglary at 58 Grocery

    Staff Reports

    A man has been arrested in connection with the burglary of 58 Grocery in Baywood.

    According to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Mico Davis was alerted to the incident at the business, located at 10009 Grayson Parkway (U.S. 58), on Feb. 7, during a business check. Davis alerted dispatch and deputies Eric Testerman and Brandon Phillips arrived to assist in clearing the area.

  • GVFD responds to electrical fire at Webb plant

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department put out an electrical fire at Webb Particle Board on Monday at around 5:30 a.m.

    Firefighters arrived to find that an electrical issue had caused a fire in the sawdust storage area of the facility, and spent about an hour putting out the fire in various spots around the electrical room.

    Five trucks and 20 firefighters responded to the scene. No injuries were reported. No damage occurred to the facility, except for the electrical device.

  • Plant recovering from vandalism

    In the wake of the vandalism at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture last week, some areas of the Galax plant are still closed, with the relevant employees able to file for unemployment through the Virginia Employment Commission until cleanup and repairs are complete, according to President Doug Bassett.

  • Farm fresh, never frozen

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market is up and running, even during the cold winter months.

    The online winter market has had $4,000 in sales since opening for the season on Oct 18. There are 14 vendors and two community fundraisers.

    Customers can place orders anytime from Friday afternoon until Wednesday evening. This gives the vendors time to prepare orders for customer pickup at the 1908 Courthouse on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon.

  • Privett to serve 16 years for sexual battery of minor

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Eddie Privett, 39, of Galax, was sentenced Feb. 2 to serve 16 years and undergo a minimum of 30 years’ probation after his release.

    Privett appeared at a sentencing hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court. He was charged on March 29, 2015, and later found guilty, of aggravated sexual battery of an 8-year-old female.

  • Prosecutor: pair plotted to kill teen

    Staff Reports

    Two Virginia Tech students charged with killing a Blacksburg teen and disposing of her body near Galax plotted the crime together, according to testimony at a Feb. 2 bond hearing in Christiansburg.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, was killed and her body found on Jan. 30 off Route 89 in North Carolina, about seven miles south of Galax and just 1.25 miles over the border from Grayson County.

  • All lanes reopen on I-77 bridge

    HILLSVILLE — The right lane of southbound Interstate 77 in Carroll County at mile marker 14 is now open, after Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked last week to repair the bridge over U.S. 58.

    The lane closed Feb. 1 after a structural failure caused traffic accidents. The left lane reopened the next day, but the right lane did not reopen until Feb. 5.

    Both southbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted around the closure using the exit and entrance ramps of Exit 14.