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Today's News

  • Police: woman jumped 25 feet to escape

    Staff Report

    A Galax woman was arrested after attempting to escape her parole officer on July 21, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    Jennifer Ann Litteral, 38, was at the Adult Parole and Probation Office in Galax, located on the third floor of a downtown building, awaiting a drug screen pursuant to her arrest, which was already scheduled, the report said.

  • Driver passes out, hits rock wall

    Staff Report

    A single-vehicle accident at the intersection of East Stuart Drive/U.S. 58 and North Main Street in Galax at 8:14 a.m. on July 12 left damage to a stone wall at the front of a private residence, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2017 Chevrolet Colorado driven by Lonazio Walls Garland, 69, of Sparta, N.C., was traveling east on 58 when the driver passed out and the vehicle struck a rock embankment.

    Garland and a minor in the truck received minor injuries. Both were transported by EMS for treatment.

  • Suspicious car fire investigated

    A vehicle fire off of David Knob Road in Grayson County on Wednesday is considered suspicious by both Galax Fire Chief David Hankley and Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 11:58 a.m., after two Davis Knob Road residents heard explosions and saw smoke coming from a wooded area up the road.

    According to Hankley, the explosions were the vehicle’s tires popping in the flames. Firefighters worked to control the blaze and quickly extinguished it.

  • Amateur teams feel the heat at BBQ contest

    Every year at Smoke on the Mountain, Virginia’s State Barbecue Championship, the streets are taken over by professional competitors with big smokers, big kitchens and the money to maintain them, transport them and use them in the contest.

    The twin Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competitions, and the subsequent free samples that many teams set out after the judging is over, are major draws for the public. It’s an exciting clash of cooking methods, meats and personal pride.

    Then there are the little guys.

  • Road project won't affect town park, courthouse

    INDEPENDENCE — A project to widen Independence’s main intersection has been changed so that will little impact on the town’s park and no effect on the Historic 1908 Courthouse property.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to the July board meeting to discuss plans for widening the road for trucks at the U.S. 58/21 intersection.

  • Readers Hotline 7/26/17

    Take control
    People need to stop worrying so much about whose picture is on the front page of the paper and worry more about the actual crime that is happening in our community now, such as the home that has recently been invaded and children and a woman held at gunpoint. That’s the kind of thing we need to be concerned about, not what other people think when they come to our community. We need to think more about how to get our community back under control.

    Kindness to the elderly

  • Galax schools change attendance policy

    Galax schools are fighting chronic absenteeism with a change in policy that will require written permission for each time a student misses school.

    The Galax School Board approved the policy at the June 13 meeting, after Galax Elementary School’s Assistant Principal Emily Boyles outlined some of the changes.

    “The policy will be in all student handbooks,” said Boyles. “Also, a copy of the new policy will be sent home or mailed to all families. There will be copy of the policy on the district website.”

  • Report: healthcare jobs offer good pay, satisfaction

    Landmark News Service

    Take a look at any “best jobs” report and you’ll notice the health field usually makes a good showing.

    Becoming a doctor can be costly and timely, but there are other health careers that don’t require such a hefty investment.

  • Readers Hotline 7/24/17

    MACC team jilted

  • Suspicious activity call results in drug charges

    Staff Report

    A Mount Airy, N.C., man has been arrested on drug charges in Galax, after officers were dispatched to Glendale Road on July 13 to investigate the behavior of two males acting suspiciously.

    “As Officer John Reavis approached the pair, he observed them discard a parcel underneath a parked vehicle,” a police report said. “During a subsequent investigation, both men were arrested.”