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Today's News

  • Oakland students receive fire safety training

    Oakland Elementary School students received fire safety training from members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters spent the day teaching students all aspects of fire safety.

    Each homeroom toured the fire department’s mobile command center and prevention unit, and students saw a demonstration of firefighter safety gear and a pumper truck. Each student participated in a simulated fire and escape from the mobile unit.

    The students were given homework to discuss a family plan with their parents.

  • Supervisor to run for school board

    INDEPENDENCE — John Brewer announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Providence District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. Instead, he intends to run for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 3 election.

    Gary Burris, who holds the at-large seat on the school board now, has not yet filed to seek re-election.

  • Police: dangers lurking online

    HILLSVILLE — It was just a harmless chat with a nice kid, or at least that’s what Danielle thought when she met who she thought was a teenage boy online.

    Danielle didn’t have internet at home, but she routinely used her mother’s phone to call her friends when she got home from school. One day, she noticed that her mother’s phone company had added internet to her plan without her mother’s knowledge, so she took advantage of her phone time and signed into a social network.

  • Shooting suspect will need new attorney

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Duncan, who faces two attempted second-degree murder charges and multiple other charges in the 2014 shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt, will need to find a new attorney for his case.

    Duncan, who was scheduled for a plea hearing on Tuesday morning, appeared in Carroll County Circuit Court with his defense attorney, Randy Jones, who addressed Judge Brett Geisler with a motion to withdraw from the case.

  • Two charged in thefts from hotel room, vehicle

    On April 20, Galax police responded to the Knights Inn Motel on West Stuart Drive in the city, where a room had been forcibly entered and items taken from within.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, on the same day, officers received a report of a vehicle that had been entered and had items stolen from it while parked in the Knights Inn Motel lot.

  • Readers Hotline 4/22/15

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  • Bolt to seek fourth term as Grayson commissioner

    INDEPENDENCE — Larry Bolt has announced his intentions to seek re-election as the Commissioner of the Revenue for Grayson County.

    Bolt has completed the necessary paperwork with the Grayson County Republican Party and plans to be the nominated candidate at the mass meeting on May 2, according to a news release.

  • Golf cart, lawn mower stolen from church

    A Galax woman and four juveniles are charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart and a riding lawnmower from a church.

    Brittany Walls, 19, has been charged with a series of offenses that occurred at the First Baptist Church of Galax. Four juveniles will be petitioned to appear in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in connection with the offenses.

  • School board splits on staffing reduction

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board passed a “reduction in force” recommendation for teachers at its meeting last Thursday night, but failed to pass the additional staff reductions list.

    A motion to cut several staff positions failed to get a second, and the teacher reduction motion was approved on a split vote.

  • Robinson rides onto the silver screen

    HOLLYWOOD, Cal. — Local movie fans might have spotted a familiar face this month when the Nicholas Sparks-inspired date movie “The Longest Ride” made its debut in theaters on April 10.

    The movie, which tells two different love stories, kicks up plenty of dust with one of the main characters: Luke, a professional bull-rider who is making a comeback after suffering a serious injury at the horns — and hooves — of a quasi-demon bull named “Rango.”