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Today's News

  • Federal court: restroom rules violate constitution

    RICHMOND ― A federal district court in Virginia last week ordered the Gloucester County School Board to let a transgender student use the same restrooms as other boys at his school.

    The June 23 ruling could have an impact on a restroom policy the Grayson County School Board approved in May, which says all students must use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate.

    The student in the Gloucester case was born female, but identifies as male.

  • Ralph Stanley, bluegrass icon, passes away at 89

    Staff Reports

    Ralph Stanley, the influential, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass musician, died June 23, 2016. He was 89.

    Stanley’s death was announced by his grandson, Nathan Stanley. “My heart is broken into pieces,” Nathan wrote last Thursday in a post on Facebook. “My papaw, my dad, and the greatest man in the world, Dr. Ralph Stanley has went home to be with Jesus just a few minutes ago. He went peacefully in his sleep due to a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.”

  • Galax man indicted for burglary, larceny

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man has been indicted on two charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, according to court records unsealed after nearly a year.

    According to court records, Bobby Lee Hawks, 29, was indicted on charges of statutory burglary of property owned by Aaron Phillips and grand larceny. The grand jury met July 24, 2015 and returned the indictments, which were sealed until now.

  • New schools in Grayson's 10-year plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system’s 10-year plan includes a new elementary school and new high school, along with smaller short-term goals, like improving teacher salaries.

    At the Grayson County School Board’s June 13 meeting, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore updated the board on the plan.

    Wilmore highlighted several goals, including heating and cooling system improvements; a new turf athletic field; a new reading program; an improvement of teacher salaries; and, eventually, a new elementary school and high school.

  • Shelter warns of disease outbreak in cats

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE — A regional animal rescue shelter that serves Southwest Virginia — including the Twin Counties — has closed temporarily after nearly 40 cats tested positive for an infectious and sometimes fatal disease.

    According to a news release, on June 15, Angels of Assisi in Roanoke transferred in 38 cats and kittens from area shelters, many of them rural.

  • Police seek suspect in theft of work truck

    Staff Reports

    Galax police are investigating a stolen vehicle and burglary of Ramey Plumbing & Electric, located on S. Main Street, on Monday evening.

    A white 2003 Ford F-150 pickup with Virginia license plates VME-9037 was stolen, along with chainsaws. The truck had “Ramey Plumbing and Electric” on the doors, and tool boxes on both sides and the front of the bed at the time of the theft.

  • W.Va. man injured when car goes under tractor-trailer

    A West Virginia man was airlifted due to injuries sustained in an accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Tuesday. The man’s car became lodged underneath a tractor-trailer and was dragged more than 100 feet down the interstate.

    According to a report from the Virginia State Police, at 2:15 p.m. on June 21, officers were dispatched to an accident that occurred at the 5.9 mile marker in the northbound lane of I-77.

  • Factory vandalism, manslaughter suspects indicted

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County grand jury returned 87 indictments against 54 individuals on June 20.

    Included in the indictments were two charges against Corey Dean Hodges, 27, of Galax. Hodges’ charges of destruction of property and statutory burglary stemmed from a Feb. 3 incident at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture.

  • Parent seeks compassion for transgender students

    INDEPENDENCE ― A local parent addressed the Grayson County School Board during the June 13 meeting, regarding the board’s recent implementation of a school system policy that forces transgender students to use restrooms based on their birth gender, not the gender they identify with.

  • Grand larceny among recent Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Office, arrests last week included Bobby Lee Hawks, 29.

    Hawks, of Galax, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on June 14 at 7:16 p.m. and charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and felony grand larceny.