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Today's News

  • Local drug problems involve meth, Rx abuse

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    While Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a series of initiatives to counteract recent increases in fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses, these particular problems are felt less in Galax, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Slime Time at St. Paul School

    CANA — When Special Education teacher Jacob Adams sat down on the chair in front of the St. Paul School entrance, he wasn’t quite prepared for the bucket of bright green slime two students were holding just inches behind his head.

    Outwardly, he remained calm until the mob of students flanking both entrances to the building started counting down in unison: “Five…Four…Three…Two…One!”

  • Back to business for Cavaliers

     HILLSVILLE –– With six of Carroll County’s first seven volleyball matches on the road, there was virtually no chance, barring a catastrophic start to the season, that Cavalier coach Cindy Edwards would reach career win No. 300 on her home court.

    That didn’t mean that the milestone would go unrecognized once the team returned to familiar environs.

  • Three arrested after standoff with fugitive

    Three men were arrested Sept. 17 in Galax after a brief standoff with a fugitive wanted for crimes in Henry County.

    The Galax Police Department received information that Joshua Lee Cloud, 29, of Martinsville, was wanted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and that he was believed to be hiding at a Galax residence.

  • Galax among state's few fully accredited schools

    Along with only 21 school divisions out of Virginia’s 132 total, Galax City Public Schools achieved full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education.

    This information was released Sept. 16 by the VDOE.

    The percentage of schools meeting state accreditation standards lessens for a second consecutive year as a result of the more rigorous reading, writing, science and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests introduced since 2011, according to the VDOE.

  • Charges agains former Carroll coach, teacher dropped

    WYTHEVILLE — A prosecutor has dropped all charges against a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools. The charges stemmed from a “hazing” incident involving an 11th grade football player.

    Howard S. Ingo, a former George Wythe High School football coach, was convicted in May of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100. He appealed the conviction.

  • Cooley remembered for community involvement

    HILLSVILLE — Raleigh Cooley, a Navy veteran, lawyer and former mayor of Hillsville, passed away on Sept. 14 at age 90 at Wheatland Hills in Hillsville.

    Aside from his law practice, Cooley was known throughout the community for his accomplishments and involvement with a number of local groups. He is described by all who knew him as a man who was passionate and dedicated to what he believed in. To any organization he joined, he gave a hundred percent of his efforts.

  • Grayson saves by paying off debt early

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pay off four loan notes early to save $510,000 in interest payments. The vote, which came during the supervisors Sept. 11 regular monthly meeting, is also expected to free up $52,000 a year in the county’s operating budget.

  • Sheetz plans going forward

    City Manager Keith Barker says that the new Sheetz convenience store will be coming to Galax after all permits are secured, a process that has taken some time.

    Galax City Council voted this summer to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive so that Sheetz Inc. can build at the location. However, some people who were eager for the store to open have wondered why there has been no obvious progress at the site.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 88 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A grand jury issued a total of 88 indictments against 47 individuals in Carroll County Circuit Court on Monday.

    The indictment list included five charges against Arless Lynn Dalton Jr., for grand larceny, statutory burglary, obtaining money by false pretenses (third or subsequent offense), shoplifting (third offense) and escape from law enforcement.