Today's News

  • City to replace entrance signs

    The City of Galax will remove and replace its entrance signs, which have welcomed visitors for more than 20 years.

    The new signs will keep the same theme — a fiddler representing the city’s musical heritage — but will last much longer.

    At the March 14 Galax City Council meeting, Chris Pollins, chairwoman of the city’s Public Arts Committee, ask the city for approval of the project.

  • Radio station changes name, format

    If you tune in to 1360-AM on April 1 and hear “Stairway to Heaven” instead of “Amazing Grace,” it’s not an April Fool’s Day prank and you’re not having a flashback to the radio station’s format from the 1970s.

    At noon on April 1, the Galax station is changing its format from gospel to classic rock, and its call letters from WWWJ to WCGX, “The Cat.”

    The new station will launch by playing Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.”

  • Morgan sentenced on fraud, tax charges

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON – Robert Donald Morgan III, 44, of Hillsville will serve six months in prison after his conviction on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.

    Morgan previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to willfully fail to pay taxes. Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Morgan was sentenced to six months imprisonment and ordered to pay $284,796 in restitution.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/30/16

    Law for everybody
    I saw the other day where one of the guys running for city council got a parking ticket. I watched that man from the city put a parking ticket on it. If he runs for city council, looks like he would have to obey the laws, too. He knows what the laws are. I just want everybody to know that.

    Buford’s the best

  • Public record for 3/30/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Blue Devils top Mount Airy; Cavs pull away from Tide

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– Grayson County used a six-run rally and held off a late Mount Airy comeback attempt to knock off the Bears 8-5 in a nondistrict baseball game Thursday.

    Tied 1-1 after three innings, the Blue Devils (1-1) got three doubles in a string of four consecutive base hits in the fourth. Seth Phillips, Shawn Campbell and Micah Cornett each smacked an RBI double in a rally sustained by Christian Wilson’s single.

  • Cavaliers, twilight defeat Galax

    HILLSVILLE – Galax and Carroll County fought it out for more than three hours on the baseball field last Thursday but it was Mother Nature who actually decided the outcome of the game.

    With darkness setting in, Carroll County took a 7-6 lead after the fifth inning. Galax exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning.

    The Cavaliers loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single and scored two runs on a double by Trace Davis to cut the lead to 11-9 with one out and two runners on base.

  • Tazewell outslugs Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County and Tazewell combined for 27 runs on 30 hits Thursday and the Blue Devils were on the verge of overcoming a five-run deficit for the second time before the Bulldogs held on for a 14-13 win in a Conference 39 softball melee.

  • Grayson school board passes $20M budget

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of tracking funds, restoring order and prioritizing the needs of the school system, the Grayson County School Board and school administration have agreed on a budget for the 2016-17 school year.

    The budget approved by the school board on March 21 totals approximately $19.9 million; and includes federal funds totaling $2.4 million, state funds totaling $11.1 million and local funding of $5.7 million.

  • Adult, minor charged with vandalism in Galax

    Staff Report

    Daniel Dean Meredith, 18, of Galax, has been charged with several misdemeanors in conjunction with vandalism, reports of which were received by Galax police on March 21.

    Charges are pending against a juvenile, as well.

    Meredith is charged with vandalism at Waddell Nursing Home, The Friends Church, Tropical Tanning Salon, 311 W. Webster Street and 205 W. Oldtown Street, according to a Galax Police Department report.