Today's News

  • Anders, 20 others, indicted by grand jury

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County grand jury issued indictments for 21 people last Friday on charges ranging from larceny theft of a banjo to possession of methamphetamine and other drugs.
    Some of the most notable charges were for Randy Lee Anders, who allegedly made threats to law enforcement and was shot multiple times by Grayson County deputies in an incident that occurred April 29.

  • Irwin to seek Wilson District seat in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Kate Irwin of Mouth of Wilson will run as the Democratic candidate for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Irwin is up against independent candidate Arnold Peters and Republican  Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum. The seat is vacant after Mike Maynard passed away on June 28.

  • Changes make difference for town police

    HILLSVILLE — With many of his desired changes carried out at the Hillsville Police Department, the chief wants to bring the bike patrol out of storage.
    In his six months on duty, Chief Greg Bolen has made progress on his departmental restructuring plan, with enhanced community patrols, a Facebook page for better communications, more training for officers and more attention to inventory and maintenance.
    It’s all a part of continuing to improve the department for the benefit of citizens.

  • Relay for Life raises $58,000

    HILLSVILLE — More than 300 people gathered at Carroll County High School on Friday and Saturday for Galax and Carroll County’s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.
    Teams walked in support of loved ones afflicted with cancer, in memory of lost loved ones and in celebration of victories over the disease.
    According to the Relay for Life webpage, this event included 332 participants, and 36 teams, who raised a total of $58,154.17 for cancer research and patient programs.

  • More charges filed against suspect who ran from police

    HILLSVILLE — A follow-up investigation of a man who allegedly fled on foot from police after a routine traffic stop on U.S. 58 has led to four new charges being filed, including one felony.
    Ronald Lee Davis, 49, of Woodlawn fled across the four-lane on July 22 , risking bodily injury from traffic, after town Investigator Alan Gravley pulled over the 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage for improper registration.

  • First-ever Rhythm & Brews Fest set for Aug. 3

    Creek Bottom Brews will host the first-ever Galax Rhythm and Brews Fest on Saturday from 1-8 p.m., at its location on Meadow Street.
    The event is sponsored this year by the Galax Downtown Association, and will feature craft brews from six different breweries and two cideries, along with live music and food for everyone to enjoy.
    Participating breweries include Green Flash Brewing, Parkway Brewing, St. George Brewing, Foothills Brewing, Blue Mountain Brewery and Ommegang Brewery.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/29/13

    Speed trap
    These Galax speed limits they are trying to lower — do they want us to walk? Then maybe that would give the officers more time to pick up these that are dealing in drugs and killing somebody instead of sitting and waiting for somebody to go 30 mph in a 20 mph zone so they can write them up. It’s nothing but a speed trap. More money for the city. The chief is just protecting his job.

  • Convention camping rumor debunked

    As the 78th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention approaches, rumors of rain damage in Felts Park causing problems for the city’s largest annual event are running rampant. Fortunately, a phone call to Tom Jones of the Galax Moose Lodge, publicity chairman for the event, dried up that flood of falsehoods.
    “The fiddlers’ convention will go on,” he told The Gazette on Thursday. “We’ve been out here working all day, and as far as I know right now, everything is ready to go just like it is.”

  • Galax man faces assault, kidnapping charges in Ohio

    Copyright 2013, Gallipolis (Ohio) Daily Tribune
    Reprinted with permission

    GALLIPOLIS, Ohio. — A Galax, Va., man accused of assaulting and holding his wife against her will was arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County, Ohio, earlier this month.
    Matthew L. Rupe, 33, of Sherwood Road in Galax, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony domestic violence and kidnapping during a hearing on July 12 in the common pleas courtroom.

  • Grayson resource officers' fates in question

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received a grant from the Criminal Justice Services Board in June to add full-time school resource officers (SRO) to both Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School, but discussion at the last Grayson County School Board meeting could change that.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to fund the two SRO positions in a meeting June 27, but the grant requires Grayson to provide local effort funding, which would increase each year until it fully funded the positions on its own.