Today's News

  • Transportation plan includes I-77/I-81 overlap fix

    RICHMOND  — A chunk of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding under the “Virginia’s Road to the Future” plan could go towards improving the overlap of interstates 77 and 81 in Wythe County.
    Instead of finding free flowing traffic at the point where 77 and 81 meet, motorists can run into significant backups.
    Under this plan, McDonnell would provide the Virginia Department of Transportation with $1.28 billion in new funding for 158 highway projects.

  • Vaughn pleads guilty to escape charge


    HILLSVILLE — Toby Vaughn, 24, of Woodlawn pleaded guilty to escaping police custody in Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.
    Carroll County Deputy Barry Lineberry took Vaughn into custody after pulling him over on Aug. 29, 2012. Vaughn had an outstanding misdemeanor charge of destroying cemetery property, according to police reports.
    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Jones told Judge Brett Geisler that Lineberry had put Vaughn in handcuffs at the time of his escape.

  • The Dream Lives On — with video


    Years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of racial equality with the world. Society since that time has changed drastically, making King’s dream a reality.
    Decades after his death, many still find the strength in his words to pursue their own dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.

  • Salem men charged with GHS vandalism

    Matthew Robert Mays, 19, and Seth Alexander Criner, 19, both of Salem, were arrested by Galax police on Jan. 20 and charged with vandalism that caused approximately $3,000 worth of damage to buildings and vehicles at the Galax High School, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    A school employee discovered evidence of vandalism at the school the day prior to the arrests and reported it to the Galax Police Department.
    The following day, police officers Terry Woods and Trevor Jefferson arrested Mays and Criner.

  • Medicare scammers targeting Virginians

    RICHMOND — Virginians are warned to protect their personal identity information following a spate of bogus calls to Medicare beneficiaries across the commonwealth in which callers threaten to terminate coverage or cut off Social Security checks if recipients refuse to provide requested information.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/23/13

    Lost and found

  • Man charged with Macado's robbery

    Galax police arrested Anthony Gregg McLaurin, 18, of Galax, on Jan. 17 after an incident at Macado's that evening.
    According to a police report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and Officer Kevin Hall responded to a burglar alarm at Macado's restaurant at 10 p.m. When they reached the building, they caught sight of a man fleeing from the restaurant on foot.
    After a three-block pursuit, they arrested McLaurin and charged him with burglary and destruction of property.
    McLaurin was released and is scheduled to appear in the Galax General District Court.

  • Galax to add elementary resource officer


    Members of the Galax City Council unanimously approved a plan for a part-time resource officer at Galax Elementary School at their meeting on Jan. 14.
    The proposal was presented by Police Chief Rick Clark, who expressed his desire to increase school security to better protect the children of the community.
    “I see an opportunity to enhance the security [at the elementary school],” said Clark.

  • New River Trail had 1 million visitors in 2012

    New River Trail State Park attracted more than one million visitors and had nearly 6 percent more attendance than in 2011.
    The trail that passes through Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax followed the trend that allowed Virginia State Parks to set a new attendance record in 2012.
    State parks attracted 8.366 million visitors, an increase of 7 percent. The new record is a 4 percent increase over the previous attendance record of 8.065 million visitors, set in 2010.

  • Gardners celebrate 73rd anniversary

    Eldon and Iris Gardner of Fancy Gap celebrated their 73rd anniversary.

    They enjoyed their anniversary together at their home.
    They were married Dec. 23, 1939.