Today's News

  • Council reappoints Garland, amends school budget

    Galax City Council has reappointed Donna Garland to the Galax School Board.
    Garland, whose term was set to expire June 30, was the only one that submitted a letter of interest to the city for the board position.
    "We are, as you know, in the middle of tightening the budget, and I think it would be difficult for anyone to step into a process like this," Garland wrote in the letter of interest. "While I think we have many people in Galax who would be wonderful additions to the board, I think at this time a continuity of effort is necessary."


    See the moments you missed or relive the ones you'll never forget. Watch Craig Worrell's video of the Maroon Tide's 49-47 victory over Page County to win the state basketball championship. Video of Galax's overtime semifinal win over Luray will be added soon.

  • Galax man charged in abduction


    COMERS CREEK — Michael Ray Brown Jr., 37, of Galax, has been charged abduction in connection with a kidnapping and murder investigation in Smyth County.

    The Smyth County Sheriff's Department reported on Monday that Brown is one of five people charged in the abduction and death of Nathan Cord Combs, 19, of Marion, who had been missing since March 7. Combs' body was found March 12 in the Jefferson National Forest.

  • Carroll studies school bonds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County school officials will seek more information on $15 million in bonds before going out to bid for the phase III projects.
    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith spoke to the school board recently about some of the attractive features of the Qualified School Construction Bonds that the school district landed from Gov. Bob McDonnell's office earlier this month.
    Educators requested these bonds in order to tackle expansions at Carroll County high and intermediate schools necessary after the closure of Woodlawn School.

  • Fugitive's wife, family member charged

    ABINGDON — Two members of the Stiltner family will pay the price for one man's attempt to flee from his sentencing hearing in federal court in Greensboro last December.
    Jonathan Reed Stiltner, 36, of Fries, failed to appear for his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C., and U.S. Marshals almost caught up with him in a search at a home in Carroll County days later.
    Authorities finally located Jonathan and Chastity Stiltner in a motel room in Bluefield, W.Va., and arrested them Dec. 22, 2010.

  • Targets harassed, threatened in debt collection scam

    A local woman recently was the target of a debt collector scam that included harassing phone calls over the course of three days, threats of litigation and demands for payment of a non-existent debt.
    Jackie Haga said her mother became so distraught that she actually wrote the scammer a check, but the bank was able to stop payment.
    Now, Haga wants to warn others about the scam, especially if they are on a fixed income or elderly.

  • Congressional inaction could cost local jobs

    Daniel E. Nation is president of Parkdale International, with headquarters in Gastonia, N.C.  The company operates plants in Galax and Hillsville and also has facilities in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

    Everyone knows that the number of textile jobs in the United States has been in sharp decline for years.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/14/11


  • Grayson attorneys warn of debt collector scam

    Several members of the Grayson‑Galax Bar Association have reported that several clients have contacted their offices about a potential scam.
    By pretending to be debt collectors, callers have threatened to have clients arrested unless they immediately make a payment toward an alleged bad check.
    Many of the calls included calls to family members, claiming to be attempting to collect a debt owed by the client, said bar president Roger Brooks.

  • Sheriff, CenturyLink warn of phone scam

    Grayson County citizens have contacted the sheriff's office about another phone scam recently.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said citizens are receiving calls from local numbers, but when they answer they hear a recording about their credit directing them to press a certain number for more information.
    “Criminals are more sophisticated these days, and it is important that we get the word out to prevent anyone from becoming a victim to one of these calls,” Vaughan said.
    This kind of scam, known as “spoofing,” is not new.