Today's News

  • Independence man dies in motorcycle wreck

    Virginia State Police have confirmed that an Independence man died Oct. 25 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident on Pleasant Grove Road in Grayson County.

    State police received a 911 call and responded to the scene of a single vehicle fatality that occurred at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday on Route 698 (Pleasant Grove Road), three-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 58 (Grayson Parkway).

  • Clinton leads Trump 47-38 in latest Va. poll

    Landmark News Service

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a lead over Republican contender Donald Trump in Virginia, where she appears to be well ahead in the population centers of Hampton Roads, the Richmond area and northern Virginia, according to a poll commissioned by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

  • B.J. Carroll inducted into VHSL Hall of Fame

    Of all the stages B.J. Carroll has been on as an actor or behind as a director in the past three decades, it was a stage in Charlottesville last week where the spotlight finally fell most brightly on the veteran theater coach, director, teacher and mentor.

    Bettie Jo “B.J.” Carroll — the coach with the most wins in Galax High School history — was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, joined by family, friends and former students.

  • Arson ruled out as cause of fire

    A structure fire on Tower Road at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday in Galax destroyed an outbuilding and burnt trees and brush adjacent to it.

    “It was an outbuilding storing car parts, lawnmowers and things like that,” said Chief David Hankley of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, which responded. “We don’t know what started it. The homeowner’s son was home and heard a noise, which sounded like a boom. He looked outside, and the building was on fire.”

    There were no injuries.

  • Agribusiness tour highlights Grayson's farming industry

    The county’s fourth Grayson Agribusiness Showcase highlighted the Providence District’s farms and natural resource-based businesses this month.

    Sponsored by the Grayson County Farm Bureau and Grayson National Bank, the tour ― which completed a series of district tours held in previous years ― was designed “to showcase the diversity and innovation of success of the agriculture and natural resource industries in the area,” according to Kevin Spurlin, agriculture and natural resources agent for Grayson County.

  • Carroll to name bridges after sheriffs killed in line of duty

    Two police officers were honored by having bridges named in their memory at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 17 meeting, pending approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    The cost of plaques for the bridges will be investigated between this meeting and the next.

  • Galax school security grant pays for cameras

    Galax City Schools is receiving a grant from the Virginia Department of Education of up to $100,000, with a 25 percent funding match, according to Coordinator of Support Services Jeff Sharpe, who applied for the grant.

    He is being assisted throughout the process by the school system’s Technology Coordinator Matthew Cornett.

    The grant will be used to buy digital security cameras to replace the existing ones at Galax middle and high schools, with more cameras overall and more of them placed outside, said Sharpe.

  • Charges include abduction, child neglect, burglary

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included child neglect, drug offenses, burglary and abduction.

    Mickey Omar Moxley, 56, of Galax, was arrested on Oct. 20 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with felony burglary at night and felony abduction by force to deprive another person of liberty.

  • Galax schools focus on writing in all subjects

    Galax teachers are working together to enhance reading and writing skills by integrating writing assignments into every subject.

    Galax High School Principal Justin Iroler, accompanied by members of the English department, visited the Galax School Board meeting Oct. 11 to discuss the details of the school’s plan to boost writing improvement.

  • Who will be president? Check sales of Halloween masks.

    Landmark News Service

    Can Halloween tell us who’ll win the White House? Apparently, the sale of candidate masks is an eerily accurate crystal ball.

    According to one costume industry index, mask sales have correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996. According to another index – which goes back further – they’ve been right since 1980, when Ronald Reagan’s mug outsold Jimmy Carter’s by 20 percent.

    Being No. 1 this year, however, might indicate something else.