Today's News

  • Spark causes explosion at Webb plant

    An industrial explosion Monday morning at the Webb Particle Board plant in Galax left no injuries, but required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    According to Assistant Chief Mark Burnett, “When the plant started up, they turned the fan on here; a spark of some sort down in this separator exploded. They turned it off real quick and kept damage to the minimum.”

    “I heard a ‘kaboom!’ and called the fire department,” said Dean Oakley, who drives a truck for the company, recounting the incident on scene.

  • Factory explosion causes no injuries


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    An industrial explosion at Webb Particleboard in Galax left no injuries but required the assistance of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.


  • Readers Hotline 10/26/15

    A Galax accomplishment
    I surely would have liked to have received a scholarship when I graduated from Galax High School as would have my sisters. But, there was no such thing in our day. The Foundation for Excellence in Education is a fine accomplishment for the City of Galax. How great it must be to get financial help for a college education. Way to go.

    Where are the jobs?

  • Brooks challenges for county prosecutor

    INDEPENDENCE — Roger Brooks, a Republican, is challenging independent incumbent Douglas Vaught for the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney seat in the Nov. 3 election.

    “I decided to run for commonwealth’s attorney because I see the position as another opportunity to give back to the community,” Brooks said in an email to the newspaper. “For 20 years, I have provided services, often for free, for fire departments, rescue squads, churches, even towns in Grayson County.”

  • Council members object to motto

    At the Oct. 12 Galax City Council meeting, a heated debate broke out when Galax Police Chief Rick Clark rose to address council regarding the “In God We Trust” project.

    The project, according to Clark, involves approving the phrase “In God We Trust” as the official motto of Galax, as well as adding it to police cruisers, “because that phrase, or some form of that phrase, is deeply seated in the history of our nation,” said Clark.

    Two city council members objected to the motto, on both theological and secular grounds.

  • Cookoff spices up chilly fall day

    HILLSVILLE – Despite the colder weather, a good turnout made the inaugural Historic Hillsville Chili Shootout on Oct. 17 a success.

    The contest was held behind the old Hillsville Courthouse and will become a staple for the town, organizers say.

  • Five candidates unopposed in Carroll election

    HILLSVILLE – The November election in Carroll County will have several unopposed incumbents on the ballot. Those include Nathan Lyons for commonwealth’s attorney, Fran McPherson for commissioner of revenue, R.J. “Bob” Martin Jr. for the Pine Creek district seat on the board of supervisors, Olen Gallimore for the Pine Creek district seat on the school board and Reginald “Reggie” Gardner for the Sulphur Springs district seat on the school board.

    Olen Gallimore

  • Carroll sweeps Pulaski County in volleyball

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County got a balanced attack at the net and took down Pulaski County in three sets in a River Ridge District match.

    Bristal Upchurch led the attack for the Cavaliers with eight kills and 12 digs in Thursday’s 25-10, 25-7, 25-16 win.

    Madison Hull put down six kills and provided three blocks and Morgan Tompkins added four kills and also fired five aces. Torilyn Reavis supplied the hitters with 15 assists.

  • Grayson gets back on track

    INDEPENDENCE –– Fort Chiswell came into Independence last Friday night looking for its first win of the season. When the Pioneers left town, they were still looking for their first win as Grayson County rolled to a 42-6 Mountain Empire District victory.

    The Blue Devils, riding a two-game losing streak, both in district play, scored on their first drive of the night, charging down field behind the passing of quarterback Tyler Lundy.

  • Cougars too much for Cavs

    HILLSVILLE ––  ‘Bigger, Faster, Stronger’ is a slogan that’s been pasted on the walls of high school weight rooms all across the country for years. If it’s not in Carroll County’s workout room as a visual form of motivation, it’s certainly been preached there.

    Friday night, bigger, faster and stronger rode a bus down Route 100 from the other side of Draper Mountain.