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Today's News

  • After 69 years, veteran receives WWII medals

    FRIES — This year, during Independence Day celebrations in Grayson County, a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war from Fries received the medals he’d earned nearly 70 years ago.

    The towns of Independence and Fries each held celebrations to commend and honor Coy Shaffner on July 4. Shaffner was invited to ride in both the Independence and Fries parades, and ceremonies were scheduled to follow both parades, in which Shaffner was honored with his medals and ribbon board.

  • Crash results in DUI charge

    HILLSVILLE — An Alabama woman was charged with a driving under the influence after crashing her car over an embankment in Hillsville on July 20.

    The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. last Sunday on U.S. 52, approximately one-tenth of a mile north of Hanging Tree Road, according to a report filed by Virginia State Police Senior Troper K.D. Blackburn, who investigated the accident.

  • Details pending on Nautilus plant purchase

    UPDATED 7/21/14:

    INDEPENDENCE — Former Med-Fit Systems employees are being called back to work at the reopened Nautilus plant in Independence, but company representatives and Grayson County officials said no details about the fitness equipment facility’s future could be released before Wednesday.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office was set to announce the sale on Wednesday.

    For the full story, see www.galaxgazette.com Wednesday morning or pick up Wednesday's edition of The Gazette.

  • Galax/Carroll Relay for Life set for this weekend

    HILLSVILLE — The 2014 Galax/Carroll Relay for Life will be held on July 25-26 at Carroll County High School.

    Preceding the main event, a Survivor’s Banquet will be held to honor the area’s cancer survivors and their caregivers on July 23, at the Hillsville First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 4-6 p.m. The church is located at 225 Fulcher Street in Hillsville, across the road from Trinity Mission and up the hill behind the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department.

  • On the path to a cure for cancer

    Relay for Life brings together people from all walks of life in a common cause

    By Judy Beasley, Galax/Carroll Relay for Life

  • Tougher DUI laws making a difference

    Ten years ago, state lawmakers looked at a high-profile DUI case, listened to law enforcement and said, “Enough is enough.”

    A bipartisan group drafted more than 70 bills seeking to stiffen penalties and enact near-zero-tolerance for repeat offenders.

    Did it work?

    DUI fatalities in Virginia have dropped by 21 percent since 2005, according to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles statistics. Crashes related to drinking and driving have fallen about 30 percent. Convictions for the offense have stayed relatively steady.

  • Grayson weighing bleacher options

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Public Schools will hire an engineering group to provide options for bleacher replacement after school board members approved the expense at their regular meeting this month.

    The school division has been looking at using some leftover grant money (roughly $206,000) for the bleachers at the high school – which are in dire need of replacement and pose a safety hazard.

    Superintendent Kevin Chalfant previously provided the board with three options:

  • Galax citizens reform beautification committee

    Longtime Galax residents will remember the efforts of Eloise and Frank Vass — a married couple, now retired to a nursing facility in Charlotte, N.C. — who spearheaded efforts to beautify the city in years pass.

    Mary Guynn — Eloise’s sister, and formerly a city council member — remembers their work well, and she wants to evoke the spirit of the Vasses through her own latest project: another beautification committee.

  • BBQ contest adds People's Choice award

    This year’s 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain barbecue contest will be held July 18-19 in downtown Galax.

    For the first time, the public will have a chance to vote in a People’s Choice contest, sponsored by Horton's Supermarket of Galax.

  • BBQ contest expanding this year

    The Smoke on the Mountain, Virginia’s state BBQ championship, has received more space in downtown Galax for this weekend’s event after city council voted to allow an expansion at Monday night’s meeting.

    Owing to its growing number of contestants, Smoke on the Mountain Site Director Ron Passmore asked the City of Galax to afford the festival more space in the downtown area.