Today's News

  • Galax project earns state award

    Galax’s Bottom Area Project won a state award for the 2016 Best Housing/Revitalization Effort at the Governor’s Housing Conference in December.

    The award was for Phases I and II of the project to fix stormwater drainage problems in the low-lying, flood-prone neighborhood near Chestnut Creek, and to fix up houses for many of the people who live there.

    Galax City Council recognized the city staff for the award at its Dec. 12 meeting.

  • He's five

    Jaxson Preston Stockner turned five on Nov. 16. He celebrated with a Secret Life of Pets party at the Winston Salem Children’s Museum with family and friends.

    He is the son of Zeth and Ashley Stockner. His grandparents are Tommy and Cherie Stockner and Junior and Tammey Osborne. His little brother is Jonas Stockner.

  • Public record for 12/28/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Commissioner wants to modernize tax collection in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is proposing a new method for filing personal property tax forms, and will hold a public hearing in January to hear citizen comments.

    Commissioner of the Revenue Larry Bolt presented the alternative plan to the board during its December meeting. He held up his own tax form as an example.

  • State deals with budget shortfall

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented his amendments to the 2016-2018 biennium budget to members of the Senate Finance, House Appropriations and House Finance committees on Dec. 16.

  • Readers Hotline 12/28/16

    Down to one bulb
    About the presidential race we have had — they are claiming Russia is hacked in and let’s say it, it’s bull. I don’t know who is president right now. On another topic, you see these one-eyed demons on the road. One eyed-lights running on the cars. I don’t know if they know it or not, but when the other one goes out, you are out in the dark. Maybe you can put this in there and it will do some good for everybody.

    Paying forward

  • Officer assault suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Police Department responded to a report of a fight in progress involving a metal pipe at 12:16 a.m. on Dec. 20, according to a report released by Capt. James Cox.

    Officer Trevor Jefferson arrived at the intersection of McArthur Street and Painter Street and located Daniel Tyree Lester, 29, of Galax, on foot. While Jefferson was speaking to Lester, the man allegedly assaulted Jefferson and attempted to flee.

  • Firm chosen for GES renovation design

    After a second round of presentations, the Galax City School Board has decided to use architectural and engineering firm WM2A to design an expansion of the elementary school.

    The three firms who were left after the first round of presentations – WM2A, RRMM and OWPR – all had outlines for renovating the existing Galax Elementary School site while making additions for a larger student body, but the board decided that WM2A had the best overall plans.

  • No injuries in Carroll wreck

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on Danville Pike in Carroll County at 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 19 left no injuries but heavy damage to the automobiles, said Sgt. Scott Todd of the Virginia State Police.

    A 1998 Ford SUV driven by Donna Beckley, 66, of Fancy Gap, was headed west when it crossed the double solid line and struck a 2011 Land Rover SUV driven by Lorrie Mann, 58, of Meadows of Dan, head-on.

  • VSP reports multiple crashes on I-77 Monday

    Staff Reports

    Fog and heavy traffic contributed to three pile-ups in the Fancy Gap area of Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Monday.

    Only minor injuries, but major vehicular damage, occurred in a multi-vehicle accident at the 6.3 mile marker in the southbound lane of I-77 the morning of Dec. 26, according to Virginia State Trooper C.M. Delp.