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Today's News

  • Parent seeks compassion for transgender students

    INDEPENDENCE ― A local parent addressed the Grayson County School Board during the June 13 meeting, regarding the board’s recent implementation of a school system policy that forces transgender students to use restrooms based on their birth gender, not the gender they identify with.

  • Superheroes to visit Galax on Friday

    Superheroes in a small town? Max Brown, 4, of Galax, is in treatment for leukemia, and his family might tell you there are far more of them than you realize, even if you never see them wearing capes.

    This Friday, however, four heroes from comics, cartoons and movies are coming to Galax, in the form of Damon Cole, an officer from Fort Worth, Tex., who dresses up like various superheroes to entertain children who have cancer, all on his own dime.

  • Grand larceny among recent Galax arrests

    Staff Report

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Office, arrests last week included Bobby Lee Hawks, 29.

    Hawks, of Galax, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on June 14 at 7:16 p.m. and charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and felony grand larceny.

  • Readers Hotline 6/20/16

    Finally busted
    I’m a neighbor and I want to comment on [a drug bust in the area]. I am so glad they did that but it should have been done a long time ago. The only thing I don’t understand is why [an adult didn’t] go to jail as the main source. To me, they all need to be behind bars. There has been so much going on at that house, it has been unreal. It has been reported and reported and I can’t see how they let kids stay there to start with. That is the only problem I have, because they have been searched and searched and searched.

  • Four arrested by Galax police

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, officers arrested four people for felonies in the city.
    Terry Dean Keene, 44, of Barren Springs, was arrested by Officer Drew Burnett on June 7 at 12:21 p.m. and charged with felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs, misdemeanor DUI (first offense), misdemeanor  possession of controlled paraphernalia and misdemeanor reckless driving with endangerment of life, limb or property.

  • Grayson to revisit county decal request

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has asked Treasurer Kelly Haga to revisit his proposal to discontinue county vehicle decals in favor of an annual fee, at a date no later than December of this year.
    The board approved the request at its June 9 meeting, following a staff recommendation to revisit the matter as part of the larger budget framework during the budget discussions and planning for fiscal year 2018.

  • Lazo says goodbye to Galax Council

    Councilman Robert Lazo received a commemorative plaque and a heartfelt farewell for his years on Galax City Council at the Monday, June 13 meeting.
    Mayor C.M. Mitchell called Lazo around the front of the council’s seating area and said, “Okay, I’m going to do this, and I’m going to try not to cry.”

  • HoustonFest celebrates traditional music’s future, honors the past

    Debbie Robinson, HoustonFest’s chief organizer, said she was pleased with this year’s event.

  • Anderson pleads guilty to embezzlement, forgery

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE -- A former secretary and bookkeeper at Grayson County High School has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from school and other accounts.
    Shelia Wood Anderson of Mouth of Wilson pleaded guilty last Thursday to six felony charges: three counts of embezzlement and three counts of forgery/uttering.
    Anderson was indicted on the six charges Oct. 23, 2015, by a Grayson County grand jury.

  • Dog's death raises questions about shelter procedures

    The euthanizing of a Carroll County dog at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter caused controversy as animal rescue organizations inundated local officials with phone calls and emails over the course of a week.

    The dog, kept as a pet, was surrendered by its owner, said to be a Carroll County farmer, for killing a chicken or chickens owned by a neighbor, and described by animal rescue websites as a female named Molly.