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Today's News

  • Special health insurance enrollment now open

    Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, is offering free assistance to individuals who are interested in signing up for healthcare during a special enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    “Between March 15 and April 30, there is an open window for individuals who paid a penalty this year, to sign up for coverage for 2015,” said Tahsin Anwar, a volunteer through Commonwealth Covered.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Virginia fall turkey harvest drops off by 44 percent

    This is the third of three in a series reviewing 2014 big game hunting results.

     

    RICHMOND –– As with Virginia’s deer season, turkey harvests reflected a decline from the previous year as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) released its harvest numbers for the fall/winter hunting season.

  • Tide makes most of two hits in 4-3 win over Cavs

    Carroll County made a gallant seventh inning rally last Monday but fell short by one run in a 4-3 nondistrict loss to the Galax Maroon Tide in Felts Park.

  • Cavs pull away to go to 4-0

    HILLSVILLE –– After just having seen Grayson County work its way back within grasp, Carroll County applied a solid stiff-arm and sped away.

    Chelsie Callahan’s solo home run pulled Grayson to within a 3-1 score of the Cavaliers in the top of the sixth inning when Carroll County responded with a huge outburst in its half of the frame and pulled away to an 8-2 win over the Blue Devils in a nondistrict softball game Monday evening.