Today's News

  • Last section of Hillsville bypass officially opens


    HILLSVILLE — If a road can be beautiful, Branch Highways chief Will Karbach believes that the U.S. 58 Bypass at Hillsville is a prime example.

    Karbach joined with local and state officials Tuesday morning to celebrate the official opening of the $83 million, 5.2-mile four-lane that goes through the south side of town.

  • E-911 works to improve emergency dispatching

    HILLSVILLE — In a 12-month period, Twin County E-911 dispatchers received 25,000 calls, which turned into 44,000 dispatches for emergency responders and Galax police, according to Jolena Young.
    The regional 911 director shared information about the dispatching service with the Carroll Board of Supervisors at its August meeting.

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  • City faces state funding cuts

    The City of Galax is facing $33,425 in state budget cuts from the 2012 budget, and the police department will take the biggest hit — a $17,471 reduction.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker told city council members earlier this month that the reductions are being imposed on the city due to the state budget cuts made by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    The city was required to respond to the state by yesterday, Tuesday, about how it will address these cuts.

  • City seeking USDA grants

    Galax City Council has set a public hearing for its Sept. 12 meeting to receive comments on three grant funding requests from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    One grant would pay for the second year of three-year lease payments for the new Galax Police Department cruisers. The first-year and third-year payments are anticipated to come from drug asset forfeiture funds.
    The city generally receives $25,000 for this type of grant.
    The second grant application is to replace the Galax Recreation Center’s activity bus.

  • Testing benchmarks becoming unobtainable

    As standards continue to rise for Adequate Yearly Progress, the benchmarks are becoming more and more unobtainable, said Galax Schools’ Superintendent Bill Sturgill.
    “No Child Left Behind served as a great platform to encourage high expectations for schools,” said Sturgill. “But benchmarks of 100 percent are unrealistic... By design, No Child Left Behind has ran its course.”

  • Full slate of Carroll candidates announced


  • Observances planned for 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

    UPDATE: A planned ceremony in Galax's Felts Park on Sept. 11 has been cancelled, due to conditions of the park after this week's rainstorms, and limited response from local agencies that were asked to participate, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Woman faces charges after false hostage report

    A Galax woman was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after she reported that she was being held hostage.
    Galax Police responded to a call on Larkspur Lane on Aug. 23.
    Police Chief Rick Clark said officers were notified that Tonya Leigh Carter, 21, had called a local newspaper and advised that she was being held against her will.

  • Crossroads to hold Save Green Expo