Today's News

  • Grayson budget balances with no tax increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Moving into the final stretch of this year’s budget planning, Interim County Administrator Mitch Smith recently reported that Grayson County has a balanced budget in the works, at no additional cost to the taxpayers for the ninth year in a row.

    Revenues and expenditures for the 2017-2018 budget, according to the most current draft, stand at $20.9 million. Revenue streams include $15.8 million from local sources; $5.08 million from state sources and $16,000 from federal sources, according to the draft.

  • Drug charges, assault among Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Two people are charged with drug violations after a traffic stop on April 21 in Galax.

    Eric James Nichols, 30 of Lowgap, N.C., was stopped by Officer Darren Alley for a traffic infraction, according to Galax Police Department report.

  • Local music festivals receive state funds

    Staff Report

    Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) recently awarded sponsorships to 32 Virginia music festivals, including five in the Twin County area.

    VTC awarded a total of $245,448 as part of its 2017 Music Festival Sponsorship Program.

    The 32 awarded music festivals bring in nearly 483,000 in attendance and more than $11 million in ticket sales, with an estimated economic impact of $46.8 million to communities across the Commonwealth, the VTC reported.

  • Farmers' markets opening for spring

    Spring has arrived and with it comes the re-opening of local farmers’ markets.

    While some offer year-round online service and others continue a physical market indoors over the winter months, outdoor markets in Galax and Grayson County will open in May this year.

    The Galax Farmers Market will open on May 5 at 206 N. Main Street and feature produce, meats, eggs, canned goods and crafts. The market will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no cost to vend and SNAP is accepted.

  • Police: report of child thrown off bridge was false

    Staff Report

    A Montgomery County woman is charged with filing a false police report and other violations after she called 911 to claim that her child had been thrown from a bridge.

    Officers responded to the bridge over Chestnut Creek on South Main Street the afternoon of April 29. Police closed off the street while officers, firefighters and rescue personnel waded the creek and searched the banks below the bridge for the child, who the woman said was thrown off the bridge by a male suspect.

  • Galax firefighters respond to calls at state park, restaurant

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to two fires last weekend and a false alarm on Monday.

    On April 22 at 10 p.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire at Dannelly Park on Creekview Drive at the New River Trail.

    Firefighters responded to find a wood shed in the campground on fire. Due to the difficulty of accessing the campground, the Brush 13 engine was called to cross the footbridge to extinguish the fire. The GVFD cleared in 30 minutes.

  • Readers Hotline 4/26/17

    Can’t sing
    These crybabies that don’t like how the election went, grow up and get over it. My thing is, how dare you, you hypocrites, like Madonna. Every time I hear that, I have to cut the TV off. I don’t want my children hearing what a ridiculous woman this is. You made your living out of grabbing your body parts. You sure can’t sing. Where are your big albums the last couple years, Madonna? You are corrupting the minds of our children and you are a hypocrite and anyone that believes like you is a hypocrite. Nothing but disgusting.

  • Art school taught 425 students last year

    In 2016, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax held more than 100 classes, at an average of five hours per class, for more than 425 students, resulting in payments to area artists totaling over $17,000.

    Chris Pollins, executive director of CCSA, reported on the school’s 2016 activities at a March meeting of Galax City Council. She also requested funding for public art projects.

  • New trial date set for chase, crash suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial for Travis Dale Coulson, indicted on multiple charges in a Galax chase that allegedly caused another driver to crash through a house, has been rescheduled.

    Coulson, 38, of Galax, was scheduled to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court on April 21; but the case was continued and a new trial date is set for June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. The trial is scheduled to last one day.

  • Training can be time-consuming for fire, rescue volunteers

    INDEPENDENCE — A survey to assist Grayson County fire and rescue departments in providing local services found that time and travel for training are the biggest issues facing volunteers.

    The survey team, which included representatives of the Virginia Fire Services Board, Office of EMS and Virginia Department of Forestry, met with local fire and rescue volunteers on April 13 in the boardroom of the Grayson County Courthouse.