Today's News

  • GHS upgrades right on track

    In 2011, Galax High School fielded the best football team in the school’s long history. In 2012, the school will have facilities that will match that success.

    As part of a five-year capital improvement plan, Galax is nearing completion of a $400,000 renovation of the football stadium and track, a project that school superintendent Bill Sturgill expects to be completed before the first home varsity football game Aug. 24.

  • One more chance to shine

    BRISTOL –– The overwhelming majority of high school senior football players knew they had participated in their last games back in November. Some were planning to play in college, but most figured they were done with the sport.

    A fortunate handful of them were wrong.

  • Rex Theater hosts pre-convention show

    Two of the region’s best-known old-time traditional string bands will welcome visitors, fiddlers and fans to Galax with a special Saturday performance at the Historic Rex Theater in downtown Galax.
    The Crooked Road Ramblers and White Top Mountain Band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
    The performance is just one day before gates open for the 77th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention at Felts Park. The Rex show will set the stage for a week of traditional string band music.

  • Soup kitchen feeds the soul

    Becky McLendon couldn’t stand the thought of a child going to bed hungry, or someone going without food for days.
    After her husband, Sam, accepted a job as Carroll County tourism director and they moved to Galax from North Carolina three months ago, her first goal was to start a soup kitchen at Rooftop of Virginia
    God’s Storehouse Soup Kitchen will open Aug. 30, and food will be served from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Rooftop, on North Main Street in downtown Galax. The kitchen will be operate Mondays and Thursdays and may expand to other days of the week.

  • Troutdale man charged with arson


  • Family Dollar confirms plans for Cana store

    Family Dollar officials plan to open a new store on U.S. 52 in Cana before the end of the year, a spokeswoman said in response to questions from The Gazette.
    Plans for the store have been filed with the Carroll County building official’s office, and Bryn Winburn, company PR manager, believes that the construction of the new location will begin soon.
    “We do plan to open a store in Cana later this year,” she responded in an e-mail. “This store will be approximately 8,000 square feet and will employ eight to 10 team members.”

  • UPDATED: National Night Out returns Aug. 7


  • Healthy food comes with price in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Student meal prices will rise this school year, but so will the nutritional content, Carroll County school officials stress.
    The Carroll School Board approved breakfast prices of 90 cents for elementary students and 95 cents for older students and lunch prices of $1.65 for elementary and $1.75 for older students, after moving to meet new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations under the most recent updates to the “dietary guidelines for Americans.”

  • Grimes charged in man's death


  • New officer breaking down barriers

    A young Galax police officer learned a hard lesson when his mom showed him some tough love in middle school, completely changing the direction he was headed.
    Silverio Gonzales, whose family came to Virginia from Mexico, hated middle school and did just enough to get by.
    When he told his mom he didn’t want to go to school anymore, she sent him to Florida to pick oranges.
    “She taught us that education is the most important thing we can do for ourselves,” said Gonzales, who just joined the Galax Police Department as its first bilingual officer.