Today's News

  • Four Galax council seats up for election

    Staff Report

    Four seats on Galax City Council will be up for election this year.

    Any registered city voter wishing to qualify as a council member candidate for the May 1 general election should submit required candidacy forms and documents to the city’s director of elections and general registrar at 111 E. Grayson St., Room #102, no later than 7 p.m. on March 6.

    The seats that will be up for election are currently held by C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene, Margo Crouse and John Garner.

  • Carroll house lost to fire

    A structure fire at 11:23 p.m. on Jan. 6 at a home on Danville Pike in Carroll County proved a total loss, but caused no death or injury, according to Hillsville Fire Chief Donnie Spangler.

    “The occupants weren’t home,” he said. “They had gone to visit family elsewhere.”

    Spangler said the home had experienced “a partial collapse already when we pulled up.” Nonetheless, firefighters managed to protect a barn and a few outbuildings from the blaze.

  • Man rescued after being pinned under large tree

    Staff Reports

    A man was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., after being pinned beneath a tree while cutting wood on Tuesday.

    First responders answered the call at about 1 p.m. on Blackberry Lane in Galax, according to Assistant Chief Mark Burnett of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    Burnett, who was in charge of the extrication, said a large tree fell on the man, whom he declined to name, as he was cutting it for wood, trapping his leg.

  • Andrews to serve 2 years for tax fraud

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County business owner, who paid some of his employees in

    cash to avoid paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and later lied in a bankruptcy proceeding, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Abingdon.

    Jones Keith Andrews, 62, of Galax, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay the IRS restitution totaling $609,604, according to U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle.

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  • Grayson honors schools' success

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited representatives of Baywood and Fairview elementaries to the December meeting to honor the schools for their recent accomplishments.

    Principal Mike Reavis of Baywood and Fairview schools and Director of Student Learning Susie Funk were present at the meeting to receive two honors on behalf of the schools. They were also joined by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District), who represents Grayson County.

    At the meeting, the board approved two proclamations in honor of the schools.

  • 2017 Editorial Awards: A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Dear reader,

    Before you delve too deeply into the year that just passed, I urge you to reconsider.

    A New Year has just dawned, with all the hope and promise that we assign to every arbitrary turn of the calendar page, and I wouldn’t want you to look back at 2017 and realize you felt just as much misplaced optimism at the beginning of that year as you might as we enter this one.

  • Truck hits house, driver dead at scene


    A 41-year-old Jacksonville, Fla., truck driver died at the scene after the tractor-trailer he was operating plowed into a house on Friday morning.

    The accident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on U.S. 58 (Carrollton Pike) at Midway Heights in Carroll County. The house was next door to one hit by a truck in 2014.

  • Halftime lead slips away in Tide boys’ loss

    Galax worked its way into a 21-14 halftime lead but Bland County outscored the Maroon Tide by 10 points in each the third and fourth quarters, rallying for a 47-34 Mountain Empire District win Tuesday night.

  • Galax girls rally from 15 down for win

    Were the Galax-Bland County game televised, this was about the time that one would turn off the TV, go make a ham sandwich and wait for the boys’ game to start.

    The Maroon Tide managed a paltry eight points in the first half and trailed by 12 in the third quarter, after having reached a nadir of being 15 points behind. Galax’s top scorer and rebounder, Essence Brown, was on the bench in street clothes. No. 2 in both categories, Shea Foxx, sat beside her, an ankle wrapped in ice.

    But turning off the idiot box would have been a mistake.