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Today's News

  • Galax teen in coma after being struck by car

    FRIES — A Galax teen was still being treated at Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday after being hit by a vehicle on Saturday and receiving severe injuries that resulted in a coma.

    According to a report filed by Trooper Jessie Tilson, who investigated the accident, Trinity Williams, 14, of Galax was traveling on Virginia 94 in Grayson County (Scenic Road) in a vehicle, when a piece of paper blew out of the car window. “She and her sister got out to get the paper, and they were walking back up the road with their back to traffic,” Tilson said.

  • Orba Alderman was council member, city engineer

    HILLSVILLE — Galax and Hillsville officials were deeply saddened by the loss of their former co-worker, volunteer and friend, Orba Owen Alderman last week.

    Alderman died at his home in Hillsville on Sept. 25 at age 78. He was a Virginia Tech graduate, a professional engineer and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

    Alderman served as a member and vice mayor for Hillsville Town Council for 12 years, before losing his seat to challenger David Young in 2012.

  • Encounter with 'traveller' turns violent in Grayson

    Each year, members the secretive community of career criminals known as “Irish Travellers” depart their enclave in the South and spread out across the United States, looking for easy marks to hustle out of money, or using their timeless tactics of distraction to commit burglaries right under a homeowner’s nose.

  • Two people exposed to rabies in Grayson

    The Mount Rogers Health District reports there have been six confirmed cases of rabies in the Twin County area this year, through Sept. 28.

    That includes an incident last week, in which two Grayson County residents were exposed to a single rabid stray cat.

    The cat was captured, tested for rabies and the Grayson County Health Department received lab confirmation of rabies Sept. 23, according to a statement from the health district.

  • Hurst named citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Oren Hurst of Hillsville was honored by Town Council Member Bill Tate, who named him as September’s Citizen of the Month.

    Hurst was born in Carroll County, and has been a resident of Hillsville for 65 years. He attended Carroll County Public Schools, and graduated from Hillsville High School.

    During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in European combat forces and in occupation groups in Japan.

  • Grayson puts bleachers on hold

    INDEPENDENCE – Upgrades to the Grayson County High School bleachers have been put on hold indefinitely after initial costs estimates — and a potential budget shortfall for the school division — came in higher than expected.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant updated the school board on estimated costs for the aging bleachers after receiving information from The Lane Group.

  • Carroll will seek grant for new pool

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is seeking a temporary grant writer to secure funds for a water park.

    At-Large Supervisor Sam Dickson broached the subject of hiring a grant writer at the board’s Sept. 8 meeting. “I realize that we are getting a lot of grants, but there is a possibility that things are being left out,” Dickson told the board. Specifically, he referred to the ongoing discussion about a pool and water park for the county.

  • Fall Into Art 2014

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts held its annual Fall Into Art festival on Sept. 20, on Grayson Street and in the school building in downtown Galax.

    Attendees took part in several art challenge activities. Their work is on display as part of the Fall Into Art exhibit from now until Oct. 3. People’s Choice prizes will be awarded for these pieces based on public voting; any member of the public can stop by CCSA to vote for their favorites in several categories.

  • GVFD to silence siren at night

    The unmistakable sound of the Galax Fire Department’s siren now will only be heard during the day.

    Galax Fire Chief David Hankley said the department voted for the change after the city manager and some council members brought citizen complaints to their attention. For decades, the sound — much like an air raid siren — has been a rude awakening for downtown residents when it goes off at night.

    “We are going to curtail the use of the siren from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.,” Hankley said.

  • Arrests made for drugs, truck theft in Galax

    The Galax Police Department reported arrests in three separate incidents in the past week — two drug cases and a stolen vehicle.

    According to a police report, William Michael Dye, 42, of Independence, was arrested on Sept. 19 at Twin County Regional Hospital after he was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

    “Police were summoned to the hospital after a nurse discovered a suspicious pouch that contained the suspected narcotics,” the report said.

    Dye was charged by Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Terry Woods.