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Today's News

  • Galax adds RexFest to festival calendar

    Though the long-running Galax Leaf & String Festival is no more, the city will have a new music festival this year — RexFest

    At its April 11 meeting, Galax City Council voted to approve a request for a new festival to be held in downtown this September.

    Tourism Director Ray Kohl brought council a proposal for RexFest, conceived of by Stevie Barr of Barr’s Fiddle Shop. The event would be held on Sept. 24 and be headlined by popular country act Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, along with 11 supporting bands.

  • Berry charged with drug possession, shoplifting

    Staff Report

    Brian Edward Berry, 26, of Mount Airy, N.C., was arrested on April 17 at 6 p.m. by Galax Police Officer Terry Woods for felony possession of a Schedule I or II drug and misdemeanor shoplifting of goods valued at less than $200.

    According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, the narcotics were discovered in a search incident to arrest.

  • Gazette sports writer wins Virginia Press awards

    Gazette sports editor Craig Worrell was named a first place winner in two sports content categories by the Virginia Press Association in judging for its contest of 2015 news entries.

    Worrell won first place awards for sports writing portfolio and sports news photo.

    The writing portfolio included a feature written about local sports enthusiast Tommy Adams upon his death in January 2015. Adams was paralyzed for the last 40 years of his life after an accident at age 14.

  • N.C. man dies in logging truck accident

    HILLSVILLE – A single vehicle accident on Interstate 77 on April 24 resulted in the death of a Statesville, N.C., man.

    The accident occurred at the 18 mile-marker in the northbound median in Carroll County.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, a 1995 International tractor-trailer owned by Gregory Trucking of Union Grove, N.C., was hauling a load of lumber when the driver drifted off the left side of the road into the median. The truck continued in the median into a wooded area, where it hit a tree head-on.

  • Readers' Hotlline 4/25/16

    Don’t prosecute
    Maybe there is more to this story about the man sleeping in the church, but in no way should anyone ever be prosecuted for sleeping in a church unless they were committing some kind of burglary, theft or damage while there. I don’t care if it is overnight. I don’t care what time it is. It is God’s House, not theirs.
    Editor’s note: The suspect is now charged with breaking into a second church in Galax. This time, he was wide awake when arrested.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse was saved 30 years ago

    Laura A. Bryant of Independence is president of the 1908 Courthouse Foundation

    Thirty years ago the Grayson County Supervisors placed the 1908 Courthouse for sale to the highest bidder on the new courthouse steps.

    Much controversy, speculation, public meetings, speeches, newspaper articles and other pressures led to this decision.

    Dan Baldwin, then president of the Nautilus International plant and lifelong Grayson citizen, bought the landmark and gave it to citizens of the county.

  • Four sets of twins set to graduate from GHS

    Twelve years ago, The Gazette ran a picture of something remarkable: six sets of twins, identical and fraternal, all going through the Galax school system, all in elementary school.

    Now, poised at the brink of their senior year’s end, four sets of them are still in the school system and agreed to recreate the original picture.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 12

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Twelve people were indicted on 15 charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met last Friday.

    Nathan Willard Wagner, 24, of Galax, was indicted on two charges, statutory burglary and grand larceny.

    He allegedly entered 58 Grocery in Baywood and carried away lottery tickets, cigarettes and beer valued at more than $200.

    Other indictments included:

    • Amber Shaffer Bunn – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

  • Five charges in police chase sent to jury

    HILLSVILLE – Randall Chase Jones, a man allegedly involved in a police chase through Carroll County on Feb. 19, faces five felony charges that will be sent to a grand jury.

    Jones, 30, of Cana, originally was facing a lengthy list of 17 separate charges from the incident when he appeared in Carroll County General District Court on April 15. Jonathon Venzie represented Jones and requested all misdemeanor charges, except a first offense DWI, be dropped in exchange for prosecution of the five felonies.

  • Hall, two incumbents seek Independence council seats

    INDEPENDENCE — Pete Hall of Independence will join two incumbents on the ballot on May 3 for seats on the Independence Town Council.

    Hall was the third candidate to enter the council race this year. He joins incumbents Ronald Sexton and Jason Cassell.

    Three seats are open in the May 3 election, with three candidates in the running. The terms are for four years.

    Evelyn Hughes, whose term expires this year, confirmed in February that she would not run again.