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Today's News

  • Cause of baby's death still unknown

    The investigation of an infant who died July 16 is continuing by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said an autopsy was performed on 1-month-old Caidance Adare Skoski at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke but no report had been received.
    “It will probably take several weeks to get all the test results back so we can determine the cause of death,” Vaughan said.
    He also said they were awaiting the results of toxicology and other tests. The baby had no signs of trauma.

  • Galax teen injured in ATV accident

    A 16-year-old Galax boy was seriously injured last Wednesday after the 4-wheeler-ATV vehicle he was operating ran off the road and struck a tree.
    State Trooper Jerry Sowers said the accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Columbine Road in the Fairview community of Grayson County.
    Sowers said the ATV ran off the right side of the highway and hit a tree, throwing the driver against the tree. He was not wearing a helmet, according to Sowers.

  • Relay for Life raises $70,001 to fight cancer VIDEO

    HILLSVILLE — Funds raised for the fight against cancer in the Galax-Carroll Relay for Life showed an uptick this year, though a few less teams took to the track.
    "We came up with 70,000 and one dollar," organizer Judy Beasley told The Gazette after having a day to recover from the all-nighter that started last Friday evening on the track at Tommy Thompson Field on the grounds of Carroll County High School.

  • Tax holiday set for Aug. 6-8

    The next state sales tax holiday is approaching as students prepare to head back to school.
    During the holiday, Aug. 6-8, certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from state sales tax, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation.
    Each school supply must cost $20 or less and each item of clothing and footwear must cost $100 or less, according to the site.
    Some computer supplies also are included in the list. Retailers may add additional items if they absorb the sales tax.
    For a list of exempt items, see www.tax.virginia.gov.

  • National Night Out returning Aug. 3

    With the Aug. 3 National Night Out crime prevention celebration being expanded to Main Street in downtown Galax to accommodate an expected 2,500-plus people, there is more room for activities and representation from community organizations.
    National Night Out, a free community event hosted by Twin County Crime Prevention Coalition, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Grayson and Main streets.

  • Project Lifesaver to hold fundraiser

    The fifth annual Golf and Summer Bash fundraiser to benefit Project Lifesaver, is Saturday at the Galax Municipal Golf Course and clubhouse.
    Project Lifesaver is a non-profit agency that works with individuals with autism, Down syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s and related disorders.
    Golfing shotgun start times are 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Music and hors d’oeuvres are at 4:30 p.m. and dinner, catered by Blue Moon Catering, is at 6.

  • Police capture python in Galax

    Police officers have to go after some slippery characters in their line of work, but none like the slithering suspect nabbed last week.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said the department "had numerous calls of a python in and on Clover Street."

    Police were dispatched to the area, and Officer Chris Hines was able to wrangle the snake into a bag.

    Clark said a member of the police department "is boarding the snake until
    someone claims it."

    The animal shelter does not house reptiles.

  • Former court clerk dies at age 80

    Former Carroll County Circuit Court clerk Mason Brooks Montgomery, Sr., died Friday at his home. He was 80.
    He served 24 years as clerk of court, after previously serving as deputy commissioner for eight years.
    He was a past member of the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Galax Moose Lodge.
    Montgomery was born in Carroll County to the late William Henry Harrison Montgomery and Valeria Stilwell Montgomery.

  • New speed limit could boost reckless driving charges

    Going 11 miles per hour over the speed limit on some interstate sections in Virginia could lead to a reckless driving charge later this summer.
    Virginia has begun a process of evaluating whether to increase the speed  limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on its interstate highways. Several parts of interstates 77 and 81 in Western Virginia are under consideration.
    Because the legal definition of reckless driving includes going faster than 80 mph, the custom of some drivers to exceed the limit by 10 mph will bring them dangerously close to a major legal sanction.

  • Two injured after paint truck loses brakes

    WHITETOP — Two Virginia Department of Transportation workers were injured Monday after their truck lost its brakes and overturned.
    State Trooper Jessie Tilson said Harold Dalton, 59, of Ivanhoe, was operating a truck painting lines on Virginia 600 in Whitetop when the truck lost its brakes.