Today's News

  • Inmate charged with assaulting guards


    INDEPENDENCE – A former prisoner at River North Correction Center in Independence was recently indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for allegedly assaulting two corrections officers.

    The grand jury met in Independence on Oct. 23 and returned several sealed indictments.

    One of the indictments recently opened was against Marcus Allen Whitehead, 30, whose address is now listed as Wallens Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap.

  • Grayson names winners of 2015 business challenge

    INDEPENDENCE — Five local entrepreneurs were recently announced as the winners of the Mount Rogers Business Challenge, a joint venture geared towards jump-starting new and existing local businesses.

    The contest was sponsored by the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) and Grayson County.

  • Car ends up in creek near Albany plant

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident left a car in Chestnut Creek near Albany Industries on Nov. 24, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    A 2000 Toyota, driven by Zachary Lee Funk, 30, of Galax, was traveling east on Creekview Drive when the vehicle ran off the left side of the road at a curve. It traveled approximately 30 feet before stopping with the front end of the Toyota in the water.

  • Prevent ID theft on 'Cyber Monday'

    Thanksgiving dinner has turned into leftovers and many Americans have been on at least one shopping trip so far to start the holiday season.

    The National Retail Federation says that 46 percent of holiday browsing and buying will take place online. Shoppers, whether they choose to finish up their list in person or online, should take care to protect themselves from identity theft.

  • Murder suspect charged with perjury


    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man facing a murder charge in the 2002 death of a Galax High School student has been indicted for perjury by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    George Albert Harper III, 42, is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin on two charges, first-degree murder in the 2002 Brandon Billings murder case and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • High Country Lights illuminate Felts Park

    When William Bottomley’s Christmas light display outgrew his home, he moved his thousands of twinkling bulbs, trees and Santas to a fire station.

    When it outgrew the fire station, he took over an entire park.

    This year, Bottomley’s annual synchronized musical light show, featuring nearly 100,000 LED bulbs, moved to Felts Park in Galax. The show opened on Thanksgiving night and runs through Jan. 1.

  • GVFD credits family's safety to smoke alarm

    Staff Report

    Galax Fire Captain Mike Ayers said that a functional smoke alarm was the difference between an oven damaged by fire and a house damaged by fire.

    According to Ayers, on Nov. 13 at 1:02 a.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 376 Kenbrook Drive in Galax. Members arrived to find the single occupant out of the residence, stating that there was a fire in her oven.

  • GHS students plan for future at college fair

    Virginia College Application Week at Galax High School saw a college fair with 18 educational institutions from around the state and beyond setting up tables in the school’s library to answer questions and accept applications from seniors.

    Feedback for the event was positive, said Principal Justin Iroler, adding that this year’s college fair applicant number was more than double the last. Many colleges, to help, waive the application fee on-site.

  • Va. man loses $18,000 to scam

    A Roanoke man has lost $18,000 to scammers pretending to be with Publisher’s Clearing House.

    Days after wiring the money, he received a check for $1.6 million with a letter requesting an additional $40,000 in order to release the funds

    He took the money out of an investment fund and was ready to send it when his wife stopped him.

  • Police warn of charity jar scam

    Galax police have been notified of collection jars appearing in local stores raising funds for P.U.S.H. Ministries and the local soup kitchen.
    “Representatives of both P.U.S.H. and the soup kitchen have informed us that they have not given permission for fundraising in their names and are not aware of this fundraising effort,” the police department posted on its Facebook page this week.
    “We encourage anyone contributing money to an organization to contribute directly or verify that the collection method is legitimate,” police said.