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Today's News

  • Region has no options in health insurance exchange

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    With Optima and Anthem leaving the federal health insurance exchange in Virginia, residents of the Twin Counties are left with no options to select an individual plan, unless other companies agree to offer plans before the end of the month.

  • Car fire under investigation

    Virginia State Police are investigating a vehicle fire on Elkhorn Road at 5:54 a.m. on Sunday, which damaged a car but caused no injuries, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Chief David Hankley.

    A passerby saw the car once it was blazing and alerted authorities. Hankley said that the car appeared to have a flat tire, and had driven on the rim for some distance.

    The make and model were not available, and there was no owner or occupant at the scene.

    Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. The car was a total loss.

  • Two injured in Blue Ridge Parkway crash

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on Aug. 31 at 9:42 p.m.

    The wreck was on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Coleman Lane in Carroll County, according to Fire Chief David Hankley.

    While en route, GVFD firefighters received additional information that the vehicle had rolled over and landed on its side, with an unknown number of occupants.

  • Readers Hotline 9/6/17

    A capital idea
    I’m calling about the cost of the Galax football field that was described in the Hotline. What exactly is the capital fund? Where does that money come from and if it were not used for a football field, what would that money be used for out of a capital fund.

  • Two arrested for drug charges after traffic stop

    Staff Reports

    Two Galax men were arrested on Aug. 27, after a traffic stop by Sgt. Shawny Jones and Officer Jeremiah Foutch.

    Trey Mckinnley Smith, 21, and Joshua Tyrone Coletrain, 18, were arrested, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Jones conducted the stop after he recognized Coletrain driving a vehicle and had knowledge that Coletrain’s privilege to drive in Virginia was revoked.

    Suspected narcotics were discovered during the stop, the report said.

  • Lead testing completed ahead of schedule

    Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia were required by a new state law to test their drinking water for lead.

    Galax schools have already completed the required testing and fixed the problems found, said Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    He reported on lead testing at the Galax School Board’s August meeting.

  • Fries Theatre getting new projector

    FRIES — Projects to improve the Fries Community Center and the adjoining Fries Theatre are continuing to move forward, as noted by a volunteer with several ongoing projects who gave town council an update at the Aug. 1 meeting.

    Gene Adkins, who has volunteered countless man-hours to renovation projects throughout the community center building, shared during the meeting that a new, motorized projector will be installed within the next few weeks.

  • Readers Hotline 9/4/17

    Kudos, Gladeville
    I just want to say how impressed I am with Gladeville  School’s parent pickup procedure. It is very fast, efficient and most of all, safe. If the other local schools do not do it like this, they should take notes from Gladeville School. Kudos.

    No good

  • Galax approves $7.5M budget amendment

    Galax City Council approved a $7.5 million amendment to the fiscal year 2017 budget, but not unanimously.

    Once again, the Galax High School football field replacement project was a point of discussion.

    Council held a public hearing for the budget amendment on Aug. 14; no citizens spoke.

  • Local business collecting items for hurricane relief

    FRIES — Hines Tire and Auto Repair has partnered with Lineberry’s Garage and Towing and God’s Pit Crew, to collect items for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

    A collection site is now open for donations at Hines Tire, located at 2519 Scenic Road in Fries. The dropoff site will be available through Sept. 8.