Today's News

  • Butlers celebrate 60th anniversary

    J.D. and Jackie Butler of Galax celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a surprise get-together with family and friends at Macado’s Restaurant in Galax.

    They were married Sept. 30, 1955, at First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg.
    They have two children: son Michael and wife Betty Butler; and daughter Stacy and husband Buck Cox. They have three grandchildren, Jamie and wife Hannah Butler of Jonesboro, Tenn., and Jordyn and Lauryn Cox of Galax.
    J.D. retired after 36 years of service with American Electric Power Co.

  • Public record for 10/28/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in December of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Task force busts meth operation

    Staff Report

    Two local drug task forces have reported the sentencing of several major drug traffickers as a result of an ongoing federal investigation being conducted in Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina.

    According to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the overall federal investigation involves a large-scale drug trafficking group responsible for the importation and distribution of methamphetamine in and around the City of Galax; Carroll, Grayson, Wythe and Pulaski counties; and the Town of Pulaski.

  • 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