Today's News

  • Galax schools look at grading, class weighting

    Galax City Public Schools is looking at changing the way classes are graded and weighted.

    At the June 10 school board meeting, Dr. Patricia Sebens of the Galax High School guidance department addressed the board in a discussion about the changes.

    “Instead of [the current method of] weighting classes where we give an extra point for classes, we would use the names of the classes to indicate that,” said Sebens. “Colleges would be able to see from the name itself that it was a more rigorous class.”

  • Rabies case reported in Grayson

    The Mount Rogers Health District reports that a local resident is receiving treatment for rabies following exposure to a rabid fox in Grayson County.

    The report does not identify the person.

    According to the report issued this week, the Grayson County Health Department received lab confirmation of rabies on June 12.

    In addition to the human victim, the report says a dog that fought with the fox has been given a rabies booster and will be under observation. The dog was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination.

  • Comcast will remain local cable TV provider

    Comcast will remain the cable TV provider for customers in Galax and surrounding areas, despite an earlier announcement that the company would have to get out of the market to avoid a monopoly situation.

    Comcast recently merged with Time Warner Cable.

    Customers in the Roanoke Designated Market Area (DMA), which includes the Twin Counties region, will remain with Comcast, said Russell Byrd, the company’s senior director of government affairs, in a phone interview Tuesday.

  • Three tractor-trailers involved in I-77 wrecks

    FANCY GAP — A tractor-trailer jackknifed around the southbound 2.4-mile marker on Interstate 77 Tuesday afternoon during heavy rain, causing another wreck involving two more tractor-trailers immediately after, according to Virginia State Police.

    Trooper F.M. Cochran reported that a 2013 Freightliner driven by Bobby Gray Smith of North Carolina hit the guardrail and went into the median, partly blocking both lanes. There were no injuries.

  • Two airlifted from motorcycle wreck

    WOODLAWN - Two people were airlifted from the scene of a motorcycle accident on Thursday afternoon on Rt. 58 in Woodlawn.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp, a driver and one passenger were traveling on a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when a deer ran out in front of the vehicle at approximately 1:25 p.m. that afternoon.

    The accident occurred approximately 211 feet east of Route 787, only one tenth of a mile west of Hawks Carpet.

  • Sebert Sisson, former Hillsville mayor, dies at 97

    HILLSVILLE — Sebert Sisson, the former mayor of Hillsville and a citizen who was always heavily involved with bettering his community, passed away on June 23 at the age of 97.

    Hillsville Town Council members took a moment to remember Sisson at their meeting that evening, just after they had heard about his passing.

    Council Member Greg Yonce asked those in attendance to keep Sisson’s family in their prayers. In February, Yonce selected Sisson and wife, Ruth, as his choice for the town’s Citizen of the Month award.

  • Carroll's top students honor their mentors

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School celebrated the first-ever Golden Cavalier Celebration and Banquet this year on May 22 at the school’s media center.

    The event was held to honor the high school’s top 10 seniors, and give them an opportunity to, in turn, honor their greatest inspiration within the school system.

    “Each senior was asked to write an essay about a member of the Carroll County Public School staff, and we invited the staff without telling them [who was honoring them],” said Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.

  • Parents owe more than $30,000 for school meals

    HILLSVILLE — No citizens spoke when the Carroll County School Board held a public hearing concerning outstanding charges on school meal plans on June 9, but school officials still had plenty to discuss.

    “We’ve made some strides in the past two weeks” in collecting money owed by students and parents, said Finance Manager and School Board Clerk Tammy Quesenberry.

  • Second Chance Dance

    HILLSVILLE –– Everyone deserves a second chance. For Albert Fulp, it only took something in the neighborhood of 70 years.

    Fulp, an 86-year-old R.J. Reynolds retiree from Winston-Salem, N.C., and Kathy Delp, a 56-year-old close friend from Galax, were among the 150 or so who were provided another opportunity to attend the formal dance that circumstance may have prevented them from enjoying as teenagers, as Galax-Carroll County Relay for Life held its inaugural Second Chance Prom recently at Carroll County High School.

  • Galax police recording citizen interactions

    Is more surveillance better or worse where the police are concerned?

    There is a popular trend of people recording video of officers, but what if it goes both ways?

    It’s a relevant question, as the Galax Police Department has recently acquired cameras that record video and audio of interactions with the public. The devices are worn by officers on duty.