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Today's News

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Staff Reports

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Galax Social Services has information to help anyone who needs to know more about the subject, or suspects abuse or neglect.

    Under Virginia law, an abused or neglected child is any child under 18 whose parent, or any other person responsible for the care of the child, does any or all of the following:

  • Van overturns in crash

    Staff Report

    According to an accident report issued by the Galax Police Department, a three-vehicle crash on Tuesday at 9:03 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Mountain View Avenue. left no injuries but caused heavy damage to the vehicles.

    A 1999 Dodge Caravan, driven by Pebble Sue Hawks, 51, of Galax, was crossing 58 from Waugh Drive to Mountain View when Hawks failed to yield to a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Carol Jean Nichols, 58, of Galax, who was traveling west on 58.

  • Traffic pattern will change for U.S. 58 in Carroll

    A traffic pattern change for U.S. 58 in Carroll County is planned for Monday in the area of Big Reed Island Creek, weather permitting.

    The change is related to U.S. 58 improvements through Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    Westbound traffic will be placed on the newly constructed two lanes from 2.7 miles east of Big Reed Island Creek and then merge back to a single lane at Big Reed Island Creek.

  • Readers' Hotlline 4/20/16

    Trying to help
    I don’t know what is wrong with the person writing in saying Social Security is an entitlement. After all of us have been working 40-50 years and paying it in, that is not entitlement at all. We finally got a decent governor after we got rid of that crook and now the Republicans are trying to block everything good he is trying to help people with. He is trying to expand Medicaid and they are against that. I don’t understand why you want to throw off on Obama and our governor when they are trying to help people.

  • Public record for 4/20/16 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 Aug. 4-31 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Music center announces summer concert series

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Music Center will open its season on May 28, welcoming a weekly lineup of musicians to the venue for the 2016 Roots of American Music Concert Series. The season continues most Saturdays through September, and includes two fall heritage performances in October.

    The center at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway selects performers that carry on and interpret traditions of bluegrass, old-time, folk, gospel, Americana and country blues music.

  • Industrial vandalism case sent to grand jury

    Corey Dean Hodges’ case is set to go before a grand jury in Carroll County Circuit Court on June 20. Hodges is accused of vandalizing materials and equipment in the finishing tanks at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture’s Galax factory on Feb. 3, resulting in a weeklong plant shutdown and around a quarter million dollars in damage.

  • Scholarships opened doors for recipients

    Staff Report

    In the mid 1980s, a Galax School Board inquiry lead to a discovery that the ratio of the city’s high school graduates going on to college or another form of higher education was below both the national and state average.

    The board also found that this fact was significantly impacted by the financial limitations and expectations of parents and students.

  • Auto parts, cash taken in larceny

    The Galax Advance Auto was the subject of a crime last week, as employees discovered on April 14 when they came to open the business that, between closing and opening, someone had forcibly entered the business through a rear door, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said that investigation revealed that the burglar alarm had been disabled. Once inside the store, the suspects stole about $4,000 worth of auto parts and cash.

  • Wired Road to expand broadband access

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Galax on Monday to announce that The Wired Road would receive a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant that will pay for connecting two existing broadband networks in the Twin Counties and providing internet access to more local residents.

    The governor said the project will remedy unreliable telecommunications in the area and expand broadband internet service to Wildwood Commerce Park, the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market and fairgrounds, the Carroll County Industrial Park, 30 existing businesses and approximately 140 households.