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Today's News

  • Grayson sheriff's office getting new home

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department and dispatch will soon have a new facility in Independence.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet and Sheriff Richard Vaughan said in a joint statement released Monday that the Grayson County Economic Development Authority (EDA), at the direction of the board of supervisors, has purchased a building in the town for $995,000 and will renovate it into a state-of-the-art public safety facility.

  • Stomach virus cases on the rise

    Over the last month, Carilion Clinic has seen an increased number of cases of the stomach virus formally known as gastroenteritis.

    “Typically we see a lot of reported illnesses this time of year,” said Carilion Pediatrician John Moore, M.D., “but within the last two to three weeks, there has been a surge of stomach virus complaints.”

  • There's finally a reason to smile at the DMV

    Landmark News Service

    Come on, get happy.

    Drivers won’t have to look so glum in their licenses for the first time in six years — the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday that smiles are now allowed again in ID photos.

    Photo recognition technology has advanced to allow customers the option of grinning, or not, in their pictures.

    “We heard loud and clear from customers that they prefer posing with smiles,” said DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/21/15

    Great message
    A huge thank you to First Baptist Church of Galax for the wonderful Christmas musical. Excellent job. A great message. We all need to remember the true meaning of Christmas. It is about Jesus Christ. It is not about gift giving. It is not about decorations. It is about God sending his son to save the world.

    Political bureaucracy

  • Driver's action prevents fire damage to bank

    Staff Reports

    On Dec. 16 at 1:41 p.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire at the Grayson National Bank on Carrollton Pike in Galax.

    Units arrived to find a full-size Dodge pickup on fire. Engine One firefighters quickly subdued the blaze.

  • Police department achieves third accreditation

    The Galax Police Department has received a Certified Crime Prevention Community Award from the Virginia Department of Criminal and Justice Services (VDCJS) for the third time, after meeting professional standards and undergoing a review.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark and Officer Kevin Hall accepted the award at the Galax City Council meeting on Dec. 14.

  • Tip leads police to moonshine bust

    WHITETOP — A joint investigation by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) led to the discovery of a moonshine operation in Whitetop.

    Vernon Edwards Miller, 68, of 1665 School House Road in Whitetop, was charged with possession of untaxed liquor on Dec. 9, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

  • Christmas fund reaches goal

    In 62 minutes flat, a garage full of volunteers packed 550 boxes with food, cleaning supplies and a New Testament for needy families over the holiday season at the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.

    Chief David Hankley said of this year’s fundraising efforts, “We’re right at goal [of $30,000]. We can smell it. We had a little bit of shortfall last year, but I think we’re good this time.” (The next day, the good news came in, as they did indeed meet the year’s goal.)

  • Galax’s biggest win was forged by its four losses

     Galax won its first 14 games of the 2011 season. The 2015 Maroon Tide wasn’t even at .500 until late October, after the conclusion of the eighth game of the season.

    If 100 people were asked to pick the state championship team between the two, 99 of them would have chosen the 2011 club, and the 100th  guy would have been disqualified for misspelling his own name on the questionnaire.

  • Group organizes search for Wingler on Dec. 19

    Staff Reports

    WHITETOP ― A national organization dedicated to finding missing people has scheduled a search for a Whitetop man on Saturday.

    Kenny Jarels of Help Save The Next Girl said the non-profit entity was contacted by the family of John William Wingler, who has been missing since Nov. 12.

    Wingler, 74, was last seen at his home that day. He is considered endangered due to medical conditions, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the case.