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Today's News

  • Grayson faces more school budget cuts

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is facing a difficult budget year, as a lack of funding has lead members to consider some tough cuts; including money for the high school’s dual enrollment program, capital improvement projects and personnel reductions as staff retires.

    In addition to this year’s concerns, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore warned the board about potential cuts in federal funding with the next budget; meaning that the administrators will need to plan ahead and seek alternative sources for funding.

  • Nunn remembered as keeper of Galax's history

    For many years, anytime someone had a question about Galax’s past, the first thing they’d hear was, “Go ask John Nunn.”

    Galax’s unofficial historian and a deeply engaged citizen, Nunn offered plenty of facts and lore up from his encyclopedic knowledge for anyone who’d ask.

  • GHS production of 'Hairspray' opens Friday

    Anyone looking for high-low culture (and a good dance number) this weekend in the Twin Counties need look no further than the Galax High School auditorium, where students will be recreating Civil Rights-era Baltimore in the hit musical “Hairspray,” based on the John Waters film of the same name.

  • Fire destroys home

    Staff Report

    A fire near Pipers Gap destroyed a home late Thursday night.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department and other agencies responded to the fire at 76 Coal Creek Road.

    The cause is unknown at this time, and there are no injuries reported.

    We'll have more details when we receive a report from the fire department.

  • 'Thunder in the Hills' play returns

    HILLSVILLE – “Thunder in the Hills,” the popular play by Frank Levering, returns to the historic Carroll County Courthouse this month. The play, which originally debuted in 2012 for the centennial commemoration of the Carroll Courthouse Shooting, had multiple sellout performances then and again in 2014.

  • Burglary suspects in custody

    Staff Reports

    Two Galax men and a juvenile male have been charged with a series of burglaries that occurred between Feb. 24 and March 14.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, the adults arrested were Michael David Owens, 19, and Tyler Graham King, 23.

    The men are alleged to have committed four burglaries at two different locations in East Galax, said Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Property valued at more than $2,000 was reported stolen by the victims. A portion of the property has been recovered.

  • Motor home fire closes I-77 lanes

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    FANCY GAP – A motor home was destroyed by fire on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Tuesday.

    The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call at around 4:30 p.m. at the northbound 7.7 mile marker on I-77 at Fancy Gap.

    The motor home was reportedly engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. The cause of the fire was unknown.

    According to the Virginia State Police, the northbound lanes of I-77 were closed down while firefighters battled the fire.

  • Father charged in child's shooting

    Staff Report

    CANA – A Carroll County man has been charged in a March shooting incident that occurred in the Cana area of the county. The incident involved the shooting of a child and the man charged was the child’s father.

  • Readers Hotline 4/5/17

    Wondering
    I wonder if they still have truck driving school on the parking lot after church on Sunday.

    No wonder
    This is pertaining to the cab service in Galax. It is a wonder that the cab service got any calls if the business thinks everyone they hauled was “trash.” In God’s eyes, we are all someone and no one is above the other. May God bless you.

    Empty handed

  • U.S. Cellular plans new Galax tower

    U.S. Cellular plans to build a new cell phone tower in Galax, on Valley Street at the V&M Recycling property.

    The use is permitted under the city’s zoning ordinance and is considered administrative approval only, but Galax City Council held a public hearing in March. No citizens spoke.

    “In speaking with our attorney, unless there is a specific violation of any portion of the cell tower zoning regulations, we cannot refuse the request,” noted City Manager Keith Barker at the March 13 meeting. The parcel is industrially zoned.