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Today's News

  • Bleacher removal begins at GCHS

    INDEPENDENCE — The scene is already shifting at Grayson County High School, as the long-awaited plan to replace the condemned football bleachers began with demolition on March 15.

    Demolition of the concrete bleachers started at 8:30 a.m. that day, and the community was invited to stop by the field and witness the backhoe crushing the existing structure into a pile of rubble.

  • Afterschool program gets kids excited about reading

    “To sum it up, so far in our year, we’ve seen students who have never before been excited about school showing up excited about staying after school,” said Galax Middle School teacher Sheila Ramey, who made a presentation about the 21st Century grant-funded afterschool reading program at the March 8 Galax School Board meeting.

    The program is the same that led to last semester’s trip to Biltmore, after 7th graders spent seven consecutive Mondays after school reading “Serafina and the Black Cloak.”

  • Head-on collision results in fatality

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A woman is charged with DUI in a two-vehicle accident that occurred around 1:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. 58, resulting in a fatality.

    According to a report by Trooper R.D. Horton with the Virginia State Police, authorities responded to a call at 4314 Danville Pike, about .03 mile east of Bent Nail Rd (Route 666), a head-on collision with entrapment.

  • Judge sets $1M bond in fatal shooting case

    Staff Reports

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, charged in the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states, appeared in Alleghany County District Court on Tuesday to answer to charges in North Carolina and to appoint a lawyer.

    Police said Davis, 52, was an estranged boyfriend of Cates.

    Davis was served the first-degree murder warrant on Tuesday morning. He also faces two outstanding fugitive warrants in Virginia.

  • Galax homicide investigation continues

    Staff Reports

    Investigation continues into the March 10 slayings of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and her daughter Anastasia Alley, 21 months, amid a long wait ahead for evidence to be fully processed, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Clark said Wednesday it would be several weeks, if not months, before reports come in from the state medical examiner in Roanoke, or from state crime lab analysis of other physical evidence.

  • Kennedy sentenced for illegally prescribing pills

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A former licensed nurse practitioner, who illegally prescribed more than 3,700 pills of 15 mg oxycodone, was sentenced Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District in Abingdon.

    Gloria W. “Faye” Kennedy, 52, of Galax, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to one count of conspiring to distribute oxycodone while a nurse practitioner in Richlands. Her business location is listed as Lebanon, but court documents show a Galax address.

  • Carroll continues search for new administrator

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors hopes to begin the initial interview process for a new county administrator soon.

    “There has been a consensus reached across the board that we will be conducting interviews in the near future,” Board Chairman Joshua Hendrick said at the March 14 meeting.

    Hendrick said that out of the 32 applications received, the board has selected a list of potential candidates they would like to interview. The position will remain open until filled, so applications are still being accepted.

  • Two injured in Baywood crash

    A single-vehicle wreck at 1:40 p.m. on March 17 at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Baywood Store Road left two passengers injured, according to Virginia State Trooper T.S. Todd.

    A 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Yuexin Li, 23, of Durham, N.C., was traveling east on 58 when she attempted to turn right onto Baywood Store Road. According to Todd, Li was going too fast to negotiate the turn, ran off the road to the left, went through several mailboxes, down an embankment and came to rest at the bottom, but did not overturn.

  • Battle of the Badges to benefit CCSO

    For years, Carroll County Special Olympics has held practice on Easter weekend. Many carrot relays, wheelbarrow races, and Easter bonnet relays have created much laughter. However, this Easter weekend, on Saturday the team will meet to support the very first Battle of the Badges.

  • Tide girls putting up a fight

    Regardless of the sport and whatever the gender of the players, what coaches want to see above anything else is improvement, be it half-by-half, game-by-game or year-to-year.

    It appears Galax girls’ soccer coach George Edmondson is definitely getting a glimpse of the latter.

    The Maroon Tide ladies dropped to 0-3 on the year with a 3-0 loss to Giles on Monday, but it has been an encouraging 0-3 start for Galax.