Today's News

  • Driver to be charged in fatal wreck

    FLOYD — A Dugspur man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Floyd County on Sunday, and the vehicle’s driver faces charges of DUI and manslaughter, according to media reports.

    Virginia State Police reported that James Colen Newman, 20, died at the scene.

    According to media reports, state police were called to a crash on Rock Church Road (Virginia 628), about a mile south of Buffalo Mountain Road (Virginia 758), on June 21 around 1 a.m.

  • Juvenile driver injured in Woodlawn crash

    WOODLAWN — A single-vehicle crash on June 18 at 4:35 p.m. saw one person transported to a medical facility, according to Virginia State Trooper R.B. Phipps.

    A 1989 Ford F250 driven by a juvenile on McGee Road in Woodlawn ran off the right side of the road, went into a creek, crossed it and hit the opposite bank, said Phipps. The female passenger was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Laurel Rescue.

    The truck was totaled, said Phipps, who could not yet discuss possible charges.

    He said intoxicants were not a factor.

  • Readers Hotline 6/24/15

    Holes to fill
    Whoever is responsible for upkeep at the entrance to the Galax end of the New River Trail needs to do some much-needed maintenance. There are two large potholes at the entrance that can damage a car. It’s embarrassing for out of town visitors to see a parking lot in such poor condition. Especially since they charge such a large parking fee.

    Important class

  • Taylor pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — A Grayson County man entered a guilty plea to charges involving the distribution of methamphetamine in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on June 1.
    Ronald Dean Taylor, 54, of Whitetop, was charged by grand jury indictment on March 12, along with Erika Elena Ortiz and Olivia Marisol Moreno, with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, a Schedule II drug. Indictments detailed six incidents beginning in or around the summer of 2014 through December 2014.

  • Board accepts $1.1 million


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board, after more than two months of haggling, finally accepted a $1.1 million supplement from the Grayson Board of Supervisors to help balance the 2015-2016 school budget during a special called meeting on June 17.
    The county funds will allow the school system to give teachers raises and reinstate the building trades class at the high school that was cut earlier this year because of a lack of funds. It will also pay for school resource officers.

  • Galax PD welcomes new police dog

    At the Monday, June 8 Galax City Council meeting, which is the last of this fiscal year, council took time to welcome Ajo, a 22-month old German shepherd, the new Galax Police Department’s dog.
    Ajo, presented by Sgt. Jacob Vaughan, is trained in drug detection, tracking and officer protection. Ajo came from the Four Winds Police Dog Centre, according to Chief Rick Clark, who helped introduce Ajo. “He’s a very, very valuable tool,” said Clark.

  • Picking out the banjo's place in music history

    American roots music was ignited by the collision of two cultures and their instruments — the fiddle from Northern Europe and the banjo from Africa.
    Like a flame traveling down a fuse, that spark lead to an explosion of unique sound that created the majority of American music heard today — old-time to bluegrass and folk; country and blues to rock ‘n roll; soul and R&B to hip-hop.

  • Seniors seek to better schools, community

    Seniors often look forward to leaving high school to make their marks on the world, but many in Galax High School’s class of 2015 worked to better their community in the months before they donned caps and gowns.
    This spring, seniors presented their projects to the Galax School Board.
    Jessica Berry started a book collection project, for each first and second grader at Galax Elementary School to receive a book.

  • Readers Hotline 6/22/15

    Doesn’t matter
    It really does not matter what anyone thinks about who wears what to church. It is what God thinks, not what a person thinks. We are not there to judge whether they wear bad clothes or good clothes or what. That’s not what we go to church for — to see what somebody wears.

    Big bucks

  • Former free clinic director indicted


    Latonia R. Marshall, former director of the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, was indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury in Carroll County this week.

    Marshall was charged with taking money from Baptist Medical Clinic, doing business as the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties.

    According to the indictments, Marshall allegedly disposed, concealed or embezzled more than $200 worth of property from the clinic.