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Today's News

  • New trial date set for chase, crash suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury trial for Travis Dale Coulson, indicted on multiple charges in a Galax chase that allegedly caused another driver to crash through a house, has been rescheduled.

    Coulson, 38, of Galax, was scheduled to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court on April 21; but the case was continued and a new trial date is set for June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. The trial is scheduled to last one day.

  • Training can be time-consuming for fire, rescue volunteers

    INDEPENDENCE — A survey to assist Grayson County fire and rescue departments in providing local services found that time and travel for training are the biggest issues facing volunteers.

    The survey team, which included representatives of the Virginia Fire Services Board, Office of EMS and Virginia Department of Forestry, met with local fire and rescue volunteers on April 13 in the boardroom of the Grayson County Courthouse.

  • Farmers' market sprouts in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – The Town of Hillsville will have a new addition to its summer event lineup in the form of a community farmer’s market. Running from May to December, the market hopes to draw in local vendors and promote healthy food choices within the community.

    Avery Beamer, the market manager, says that the community seems to be eager for it to open. “I’ve seen a lot of excitement from the community about the market,” Beamer said. “People are really supportive of the idea and I think it’s going to do very well.”

  • Houk honored by Emory & Henry

    Galax teacher Rose Houk is usually noted for her cheerful demeanor, positive attitude and willingness to offer a hand. On March 23, she was honored by Emory & Henry University on the institution’s Founders Day for so much more.

  • No charges after car runs into bank

    The Galax Police Department has issued a formal report regarding a vehicle that crashed into the front of the BB&T on E. Stuart Drive on April 19.

    According to the report, a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Bobby Don Spicer, 78, of Galax, was pulling into the parking lot directly in front of the main entrance when he tried to brake. Spicer apparently hit the gas pedal by mistake, driving forward over a cement barrier and into the building.

  • Readers Hotline 4/24/17

    Hats off
    Hats off to all the folks that did a wonderful job on the “Thunder in the Hills” play to support the Sidna Allen home. It was good to hear both sides of the story and kind of make a decision on what you felt was true. A very well-told story. Hope the community will support it. Especially impressed with Mrs. Frances. You just want to go up and give her a big ole hug. Thanks for telling the story we have heard many times growing up.

    Why us?

  • Crawford is county's new planning director

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson recently welcomed Will Crawford as the county’s new planning and community development director.

    Crawford will fill the empty seat left last December by Elaine Holeton, who served as the director for five years before accepting a new position with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • 'Tide Tags' reward responsibility

    “Tide Tags” are a highly sought-after reward among Galax Elementary School students, according to a group of teachers and administrators – April Gunn, Darla Robbins, Beth Hodges and Darla Wells – who presented the program in the Focus on Instruction segment of the Galax School Board meeting on April 11.

  • Witnesses differ on release options

    HILLSVILLE – A Michigan man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity on felony charges in Carroll County will remain in the care of a state hospital. This decision was made at a commitment hearing held on April 12 in Carroll Circuit Court.

  • Truck catches fire on U.S. 58

    A Hillsville man’s truck caught fire on Friday at 12:36 p.m., prompting him to pull over at 8638 Carrollton Pike, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, was traveling towards Galax when he noticed that the air conditioning system’s wiring in his 1990 Toyota pickup had started to smoke. He pulled over and managed to get out with his valuables and no apparent personal injury before the truck burst into flame.