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Today's News

  • Medicaid expansion divides legislature

    UPDATE: 3/9/14:

    Mental health reform? Check.

    Ethics reform? Check.

    State budget to fund core government services? Nope.

    Hopelessly divided over Medicaid expansion, General Assembly partisans departed the Capitol on Saturday afternoon at the close of this winter's 60-day session without agreement on the next two-year budget.

  • Man pleads guilty to assault

     

  • Parkway tourism creates $902M benefit

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 15.2 million visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2012 spent $902 million in communities nearby.
    That spending supported 12,168 jobs in the areas adjacent to the parkway, including the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties. It’s hard to know how many of those jobs are local, as the federal report did not break down the spending or employment by locality.

  • Former Rooftop director convicted of embezzling

    Christina Leigh Bedsaul, Rooftop of Virginia CAP’s former executive director, entered a no contest plea to three counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery in Grayson County Circuit Court on March 5.
    These pleas were made in connection with a case of unauthorized transfers of Rooftop funds, in three separate incidents that date back to 2007, according to court records.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    A Galax man was arrested on drug charges on March 6, according to a police department report.
    Garnett Alan Price, 60, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett after a traffic stop. Price was charged with reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I/II narcotic, possession of a Schedule III narcotic and possession of a Schedule IV narcotic.
    Price was released on bond pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Hillsville police chase down suspect to serve warrant

     

  • Health needs assessment complete

     

  • Five running for four seats on city council

    Four seats on Galax City Council are up for re-election this year, with five people in the running to fill them.
    The incumbents holding those seats all plan to run again, according to information from the State Board of Elections. They include Margo Crouse, John Garner, Willie Greene and C.M. Mitchell. They will be joined on the ballot in the May 5 election by political newcomer Ches Helmick, a financial planner at Edward Jones in downtown Galax.
    In the city, candidates are all at-large and do not represent any particular district or ward.

  • Five running for four seats on city council

    Four seats on Galax City Council are up for re-election this year, with five people in the running to fill them.
    The incumbents holding those seats all plan to run again, according to information from the State Board of Elections. They include Margo Crouse, John Garner, Willie Greene and C.M. Mitchell. They will be joined on the ballot in the May 5 election by political newcomer Ches Helmick, a financial planner at Edward Jones in downtown Galax.
    In the city, candidates are all at-large and do not represent any particular district or ward.

  • Crowder to seek another term as mayor

    HILLSVILLE — Three incumbents on Hillsville Town Council will face three challengers in races for the mayor’s office and two ward seats, according to information from the Carroll Voter’s Registration office.
    Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file qualifying paperwork for May’s municipal ballots, and six met the requirements, in all.
    For mayor, Greg Crowder will seek re-election, this time challenged by Billie Taylor.