Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Grand jury issues more indictments


    INDEPENDENCE – More people face charges following a meeting of the grand jury in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Those indicted included:

    • Bradley Lee Phillips, 37, of Galax, for throwing missiles at an occupied vehicle.

    • Gary Lynn Ball, 47, of Galax, one count of larceny (construction fraud).

    • Vincent Lee Kirby, 48, one count of perjury.

  • Display will light up Felts Park

    The High Country Light Show will bring Christmas cheer to Felts Park in Galax beginning Thanksgiving night.

    The lights will be on display through Jan. 2, from 6-11 p.m. nightly.

    The synchronized musical light show, featuring nearly 100,000 LED lights, is privately owned by William Bottomley.

    Thousands of visitors, including many from Galax and the Twin Counties, made the drive to Glade Valley, N.C., each year to view the lights at Christmas. Bottomley hosted the lights there for the past decade.

  • N.C. police car hits, kills Lambsburg man

    Staff Report

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – A Carroll County man died on Nov. 21 after he was struck by a

    North Carolina Highway Patrol vehicle on I-74.

    The victim has been identified as Romie Clark Bobbitt, 78, of Lambsburg.

    The accident occurred around 6 p.m. in Surry County, N.C., near Mount Airy and about three-quarters of a mile from N.C. 89.

    According to reports from media outlets in North Carolina, Bobbitt was apparently driving a car eastbound on 74 when he was sideswiped by another vehicle.

  • Students invite country star Luke Bryan to class

    HILLSVILLE – A first grade class at Oakland Elementary is asking for the help of social media to bring a country musician to Carroll County.

    Teacher Amy Gordon and her students are asking Luke Bryan, a popular and award-winning country music artist, to come and read to her class if they get a specific response on social media. “We are asking for 1,000 likes and 1,000 shares,” said Gordon.