Today's News

  • Illegal card readers found at gas station

    Staff Report

    Police say that two Florida men based out of North Carolina are allegedly responsible for placing card readers – devices that record transaction information and allow forgers to use credit card numbers fraudulently – on gas pumps in Galax.

    The suspects are in police custody, according to Nick Hawks of the Alleghany County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office.

  • Grayson candidates quizzed at Chamber forum

    INDEPENDENCE — Fourteen candidates in this year’s Grayson County general election introduced themselves and their campaigns to the community during a candidate forum at Grayson County High School on Oct. 6.

    Hosted by the Twin County Chamber of Commerce, the forum organized a series of questions for each candidate, presented by a panel made up of Chamber President Marty Hall, Executive Director Judy Brannock, Executive Attorney Raquel Lyons and Vice President Zach Dotson. Questions pertained to the offices sought by each candidate.

  • Backpack Buddies lift burden of hunger

    “You guys, please eat something!” Stephannie Dees, one of five directors for a Backpack Buddies group – there are about 13 separate groups, locally, she says – yells at her volunteers across Galax Presbyterian Church’s Warwick Hall.

    The volunteers crowd around the hall’s kitchen window, where snacks of pimento cheese and chicken salad have been set out. It’s a bit before noon and everyone’s just spent the majority of an hour stuffing sacks with food donations.

  • Voter registration deadline is Oct. 13

    Tuesday is the voter registration deadline for the Nov. 3 general election.

    Eligible Virginians can use the Department of Elections online system available at elections.virginia.gov/register to check their registration status, update their information or register to vote for the first time.

  • Carico seeks at-large seat on Grayson school board

    Tim L. “T.T.” Carico has joined the race for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board during this year’s general election.

    Carico is running as an independent candidate for the seat against two other independent challengers: John K. Brewer and Robert Benish. The winner will fill the seat vacated by Gary Burris, who did not seek another term.

  • New Carroll board will pick next administrator

    HILLSVILLE – With several seats up for election in November, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will wait until the new members take office in January to select a new county administrator.

    Supervisors held a special meeting Sept. 29 to discuss plans for hiring a new county administrator to replace Gary Larrowe, who will leave Dec. 31.

    Board Chairman Phil McCraw called the meeting to address how to start the process of replacing Larrowe.

  • Ambulance involved in Cana wreck

    Staff Report

    CANA – An ambulance with Cana Volunteer Rescue was involved in an accident early Wednesday morning along U.S. 52.

    According to police reports, the accident occurred at 12:11 a.m. on Oct. 7. A 2009 Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound on 52, about .01 mile north of Tabb Lane, when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the right side of the road. The driver, Cody Gregory Sapp, 23 of Cana, overcorrected and crossed the centerline where he struck an ambulance.

  • Readers Hotline 10/7/15

    Monument work
    When are they are going to resume work on the veterans’ memorial next to the Galax library? There has been no one working on it all summer.

  • River North prisoners indicted


    INDEPENDENCE – Two prisoners at River North Correctional Center in Independence have been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for charges that allegedly occurred inside the state prison.

    The grand jury, meeting July 24, returned several sealed indictments. The names were released following their arrests.

    Davin Michael Preston, 24, was indicted for tampering with or damaging fire protection equipment within the correctional facility.

  • Mount Vale wreck raises questions

    Staff Report

    A hit and run Friday on Mount Vale Road left more questions than answers, and at least one party injured, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.

    Around 1 p.m. on Oct. 2, a 1998 Ford Windstar driven by Bernadette Sargeant of Fries was traveling on Mount Vale Road, headed towards Virginia 89, when it was sideswiped by an unknown driver in a 2012 Toyota Corolla headed in the opposite direction.