Today's News

  • 'Smoke' on the horizon for weekend

    The heat of summer is about to meet the heat of grills getting pork, chicken and beef ready for sizzling competition: it’s time for the 12th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship, to be held this Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

  • Arrests include man charged with indecent exposure

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included a case of indecent exposure.

    Justin Andrew Roten, 34, of Galax, was charged on July 5 at 1:40 a.m. by Officer Jason Hawks for felony indecent liberties (exposing genitals to children), misdemeanor actual or simulated masturbation and misdemeanor indecent exposure.

  • Quack Attack: Annual Galax Duck Race

    An overcast sky and a few stray drops of rain weren’t enough to drive spectators away from the downy banks of Chestnut Creek as the Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Great Galax Duck Race got underway on July 4.

    As always, talk on along the shore was of duck stock, breeding techniques, creek conditions and preferred racers.

    Favored among seasoned bettors were Plastic, Yellow, Buoyant and Billed, all descended from legendary stud drake, Made In China, though the many ducks in the race considerably diluted the odds.

  • Time out for GHS football field work

    The new football field surface at Galax High School would not have been ready in time for the fall 2016 football season, owing to a narrow turnaround time for state permits, so school officials will wait until 2017 to begin work.

    Superintendent Bill Sturgill updated the Galax School Board at its June 9 meeting.

  • Grayson asks VDOT to add roads to project list

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says there is $2.86 million in the current six-year secondary road plan for Grayson County, but cautioned that it could change year by year.

  • Driver, others injured in Calloway crash

    Staff Reports

    A single vehicle accident on Friday at 1:58 p.m. on Calloway Street in Galax left one person seriously injured and three others with minor injuries, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox, who was on scene.

    An SUV appeared to have driven off the road and ended up on its side with significant damage. The Galax Fire Department performed an extrication.

  • Washington County man charged with child pornography

    A Washington County man is charged by Hillsville authorities on 50 counts of possession of child pornography after a joint investigation by member agencies of the Southwest Virginia Crimes Against Children Task Force.

    Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce said in a news release that Darius Lee Foran, Sr., 49, of Meadowview was initially arrested June 1 by the Hillsville Police Department on two charges of using communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

  • MMA event will benefit Grayson athletic programs

    INDEPENDENCE — Titans of the Cage fight matches will be held July 16 at Grayson County High School.

    Doors open at 4 p.m. and fights start at 5. TOC Promotions will showcase its biggest card ever, featuring more than 20 fights. Some proceeds will go to GCHS athletic department.

    The main event features undefeated welterweight champ Austin Cooper of Team SWMA in Wytheville against Jeremy Caviness of Team Backyard Brawlers of Hillsville.

  • Arrests include malicious wounding, perjury

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Office, arrests last week included malicious wounding, drug offenses and perjury.

    • Quinnie Loper, 41, of Galax, was arrested by Sgt. Shawny Jones on June 30 at 4:43 a.m. and charged with felony malicious wounding.

    • Neisha Jane Bailey, 26, of Galax, was arrested by Officer Chris Hines on June 30 at 7:05 a.m. and charged with two counts of felony obtaining drugs by fraud.

  • Parks brings years of legal experience to assistant prosecutor job

    INDEPENDENCE ― The volume of cases handled by the Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office requires a larger staff than it once did, and now features two assistant prosecutors.

    Marty Parks has served assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Grayson since late 2012.

    With an extensive history in the practice of law, Parks accepted the position with the county after turning it down once before due to bad timing. Prior to his current position, Parks had a practice in Galax, where he’d worked since 1980.