Today's News

  • One driver injured, another charged, in U.S. 58 crash

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― A Fries woman was charged with failure to yield the right of way, following a wreck on U.S. 58 at the intersection of Route 274, just across from Grayson Express on June 1.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Vaughan, Melinda L. Moore, 41, operating a 2012 Nissan, pulled into traffic from Grayson Express and struck a 2006 Mercury operated by Julia Phipps Bonham, 63, of Mouth of Wilson. The accident occurred at approximately 2:05 p.m.

  • New boss same as the old

    RADFORD –– Galax lost nearly three-quarters of its starting lineup after winning its second straight Group 1A boys’ soccer state championship last spring. The bad news for the three teams joining the Maroon Tide in this weekend’s state final four at Radford University is that right now, one would hardly notice.

  • Tide denied in region finals



    The Roanoke Times


    Reprinted with permission.


    RINER — The Parry McCluer softball team already had a 1A East Region title to its credit from its state championship run last season.

    Now it has one from the West.

  • Blue Devils on short end

    TAZEWELL –– Momentum was a fickle friend Friday in the Region 2A West baseball championship game. Whichever team seemed to be cozying up with Big Mo one moment was almost guaranteed to be shunned by it within an inning or two.

  • Readers Hotline 6/6/16

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  • Court ruling could affect restroom policy

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit of Virginia will not rehear the case of a Gloucester County transgender high school student suing his school board over discriminatory restroom policies.

    This action could affect a policy adopted in May by the Grayson County School Board, which says all students must use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate.

  • Tree removal part of U.S. 58 project

    Drivers have seen, and Gazette Hotline callers have noted, the removal of pine trees along the Reserve Boulevard section of U.S. 58 in Galax, and many are asking what’s going on.

    As it happens, the question was answered at a Galax City Council meeting story way back in June of last year: the tree removal is part of the overall U.S. 58/Reserve Boulevard safety improvement project that the city is working to complete with assistance from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Ordinance will allow patrons to pig out

    Barbecue lovers will still be able to get a free taste at the annual state championship in Galax, after city council passed an ordinance exempting the locality and non-profits from a state code that could have prohibited giving away food.

    Ron Passmore — co-owner of The Galax Smokehouse and one of the coordinators of Smoke on the Mountain, the Virginia State BBQ Championship held every year in mid-July — presented the food service ordinance to Galax City Council at the May 23 meeting.

  • Independence laundromat damaged in fire

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Kirk’s Laundromat in Independence recently sustained heavy damage as the result of a structure fire, according to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department.

    According to a report, the department was dispatched to the laundromat at 5:11 p.m. on May 30. When Engine 82 arrived on scene, firefighters saw heavy smoke billowing from the structure.

    Firefighter Kevin Newman, Second Lt. Brandon Thompson and the team set to work dousing the flames.

  • Tariffs alone won't restart U.S. economy

    By Nancy Liebrecht, Galax

    During an oil change at Hines Tire in Fries, I was chatting with the guys there when one fellow, a former textile worker, remarked that tariffs will bring back manufacturing to the US.