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Today's News

  • Report: crime down in Galax

    The Galax Police Department handled 39,629 calls in 2014, both emergency and non-emergency in nature — not including phone calls for information — and recorded 21,213 calls for service.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, now in his 14th year in the position, recently gave his annual report to Galax City Council.

    The department reported 1,192 total crimes, which is a 11.6 percent decrease from 2013.

  • Mary Holland is acting funny

    LOS ANGELES, Cal. — “Starry-eyed, small-town girl goes to Hollywood and makes it big” is such a staple of popular imagination that it’s doubled back on itself – it seems like something we (or maybe somebody’s PR people) must have made up.

  • Three charged in theft, grand larceny cases

    Three people were arrested last week on charges including theft of auto parts and grand larceny from a construction company.

    A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with a series of thefts that occurred in Galax.

    Carl Ray Poole, 45, was arrested by Senior Police Officer John Reavis on March 19, after a traffic stop. According to a Galax Police Department reports, Poole was observed pulling a utility trailer without tags or lights.

  • Wreck on 89 causes multiple injuries

    On March 26 at approximately 5:02 p.m., Galax police received a report of a crash at the intersection of Camp Zion Road and South Main Street (Virginia 89), said Galax Police Captain James Cox.
    A 1991 Chevrolet pickup, operated by Jeremy William Shaffer, 28, of Ennice, N.C., was traveling east on Camp Zion Road. As he approached the intersection the pickup's brakes failed, according to Cox.
    A 1995 GMC van, operated by Warren Coolidge Lowe, 91, of Galax, was traveling south on Main Street and struck Shaffer’s vehicle as it crossed Main, said Cox.

  • Maple Festival kicks off Grayson's busy season

    WHITETOP — The annual Whitetop Maple Festival will launch Grayson’s 2015 festival season, which continues throughout the summer and into the winter season, with over 38 events to choose from.

    The Maple Festival is March 28-29 in the county’s highlands. It begins at Mount Rogers School (11245 Highlands Parkway, Whitetop) at 8 a.m. each day. Enjoy a pancake breakfast with genuine maple syrup, tapped fresh from the highest peaks in Virginia.

  • Historical society to announce Sidna Allen House plans

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Historical Society will make a public announcement on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the historic Carroll County Courthouse in Hillsville, to make a public announcement regarding the status of and plans for the historic Sidna Allen house.

  • Finalists named for WCC presidency

    RICHMOND — The State Board for Community Colleges has certified four finalists for the position of president at Wytheville Community College.

    A series of public forums is set April 6-9 for interactions with individual candidates. Each session is 3-4 p.m. in Snyder Auditorium at WCC. A 10-minute presentation by the candidate each day will be followed by a question and answer session

  • Even in best case, Carroll schools will cut jobs

    HILLSVILLE — Due to a drastic drop in enrollment, the Carroll County School Board has passed a budget for the 2015-2016 school year that could result in the loss of up to 19 positions in the school system.

  • Grayson helps fund Oak Hall expansion

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County has agreed to provide up to $615,000 for upgrades to the old Robertshaw building in Independence as the town looks to welcome a production facility for Oak Hall Cap & Gown later this year.

    Deputy County Administrator Mitch Smith – filling in for County Administrator Jonathan Sweet during this month’s board meeting – brought the memorandum of understanding to supervisors for approval.

  • Galax men, two others, killed in Kentucky crash

    BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. — A two-vehicle collision killed four people last Friday afternoon in Bourbon County, Ky., including two men from Galax. Javier Henriquez, 22, and Julio Barrios, 38, both of Galax, died at the scene.

    For more, read the story HERE in the Lexington Herald-Leader.