Today's News

  • Senator threatens bill to take away governor's security

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — Sen. Bill Carrico (R- Grayson County) has responded to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s support of recent changes to the state’s gun permit laws with a threat to take away the governor’s armed guards.

    The governor’s office has called Carrico’s proposed legislation “a reactionary temper tantrum.”

    According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Carrico announced his wishes to revoke funding for the Virginia State Police unit responsible for protecting the governor.

  • NEA supports music center, Crooked Road

    Staff Reports

    A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will support the 2016 “Roots of American Music” summer concert series highlighting traditional music at the Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax.

    The NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $15,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

  • Officers train to prevent escalation of violence

    Local police and school resource officers learned skills to defuse interactions with citizens that feel like they’re escalating to a physical level at a training session in Galax last week.

    Doug Cooley, director of the Southwest Criminal Justice Academy, shared insightful tips on how to peacefully enforce the law and resolve disputes.

  • Officer bitten by suspect during arrest

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A woman wanted on several felony warrants allegedly bit an officer while being arrested last week.

    Sgt. Barry Lineberry with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lauren Markee Baker, 25, of Galax, on Dec. 30 in the Hebron community after a traffic stop. According to police reports, Lineberry saw Baker — who was wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies — driving on Hebron Road and made the stop.

  • Governor announces $1 billion for schools

    Staff Report

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced an ambitious budget package for Virginia’s public schools, which combined with higher education announcements includes an investment of more than $1 billion.

    The plan includes money for 2,500 new teachers, educational staff raises, funding for early childhood education and support for at-risk students.

  • Volunteers to undertake GCHS bleacher removal

    INDEPENDENCE — A packed house of supporters for Grayson County schools discussed a plan to remove the 40-year-old concrete bleachers at the football field during a town hall meeting last week in the Grayson County Courthouse board room.

    The group of volunteers developed a preliminary plan on how to safely remove the bleachers, which have been deemed unsafe.

  • Two charged with felonies in Galax

    Two felony arrests were made last week, according to Galax Police Department reports.

    Melissa Ann Taylor, 42, of Galax, was arrested for shoplifting on Dec. 23 by Officer A.M. Burnett. After her arrest, controlled substances were discovered in her purse. Taylor was charged with two counts of felony possession of Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substances.

  • Man charged with arson in mobile home fire

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man is charged with arson after the investigation of a fire that occurred on Christmas Day.

    According to police reports, Hillsville Police Department Officer Bradley Hoffman and Virginia State Trooper Dean Horton responded to a structure fire at 340 East Grayson Street #14 at 4 p.m. on Dec. 25.

  • Galax native blazes path from military to cancer research


    Public Relations Assistant, New River Community College

    DUBLIN — What does a cancer researcher look like? An intense-looking scientist in a white lab coat hunched pensively over a Petri dish, perhaps?

    Not quite — at least in the case of Michael Hodge of Galax.

    Hodge is a military veteran and New River Community College student who, with his ball cap, honors-society sweatshirt and friendly smile, blends right in among his fellow students.

  • Concealed carry decision under fire


    and Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginia will no longer recognize concealed handgun permits from 25 states effective Feb. 1.

    Attorney General Mark Herring has called his decision “a common-sense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that our concealed carry laws and safety standards apply to everyone in Virginia, whether they are a resident or a visitor.”