http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Board buys land for new Galax school http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/board-buys-land-new-galax-school <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/galaxnewschool_4.jpg" alt="This site plan shows a proposed new school in Galax’s Fries Road/Kipling Lane neighborhood. " title="This site plan shows a proposed new school in Galax’s Fries Road/Kipling Lane neighborhood. " align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> The Galax City School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Kipling Lane property for the development of a new elementary school.</p> <p> The board has discussed the possibility of building a new elementary and middle school on the site, which sits in a residential neighborhood in the Fries Road community.</p> Galax battles, Carroll prevails http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/galax-battles-carroll-prevails <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gxfarmer.jpg" alt="Carroll County’s Rachel Farmer (4) and Morgan Tompkins talk with Cavalier coach Cindy Edwards after the first set of Carroll’s 3-1 win Monday at Galax." title="Carroll County’s Rachel Farmer (4) and Morgan Tompkins talk with Cavalier coach Cindy Edwards after the first set of Carroll’s 3-1 win Monday at Galax." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Galax had just been swept 3-0 at Carroll County back in mid-September when Maroon Tide coach Yerrick Stoneman said his young club didn&rsquo;t need to be good then, it needed to be good in late October, and that he would get a good idea of his team&rsquo;s progress when the two schools met again.</span></p> <p> That yardstick match came Monday. If playing four flip-a-coin sets is of any indication, the Tide is progressing nicely.</p> Isom enters guilty plea to amended charge http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/isom-enters-guilty-plea-amended-charge <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/whitney_isom_2.jpg" alt="Whitney Isom" title="Whitney Isom" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; As part of a plea agreement, Whitney Isom pleaded guilty to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday, in the 2013 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier.</p> <p> Isom was charged by a direct indictment with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in December 2013.</p> <p> According to the court website, Isom was scheduled for a jury trial in December.</p> Fall Wonders: Leaves hitting peak this week http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/fall-wonders-leaves-hitting-peak-week <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fall_foliage_danny_2_2014.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> Every autumn, the scenery changes colors.</p> <p> The leaves of some trees always turn one color. For example, the black walnut turns yellow. Other species, such as sweetgum, turn different colors, even on the same tree.</p> <p> Sunny days and cool nights are key to fall leaf displays. Bright, sunny days and cool, but not freezing, nights are required for vivid autumn shows. If there is an early frost, the leaves are likely to turn brown and drop.</p> <p> Although botanists understand the mechanics of some of these changes, other parts remain a mystery.</p> Governor sets up Ebola 'command group' http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/governor-sets-ebola-command-group <p> Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth is taking additional steps to strengthen the level of preparedness for the Ebola virus by mobilizing a statewide unified command group. This group is responsible for coordinating resources and personnel.</p> Rooftop of Va. launches annual toy drive http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/rooftop-va-launches-annual-toy-drive <p> Local businesses have an opportunity to help kids in need and create good public relations at the same time.</p> <p> Rooftop of Virginia&rsquo;s Community Action Program has begun its annual drive for its Toy Shop and requests items suitable for children 0-18 years of age, but they&rsquo;re also seeking businesses to participate in their donation box programs.</p> Austinville woman injured in wreck, trapped for 12 hours http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/austinville-woman-injured-wreck-trapped-12-hours <p> AUSTINVILLE &mdash; An Austinville woman was admitted to a hospital Oct. 16 after a single-vehicle accident that trapped her in her vehicle with injuries for 12 hours, state police said.</p> <p> Police were notified at 2:40 p.m. last Thursday of a vehicle over the side of the mountain along Stoots Mountain Road in Austinville.</p> <p> Responding officers and rescue teams found Carolyn K. Stephens, 44, trapped in a 2010 Ford Expedition over the side of the mountain.</p> Carroll to upgrade school security http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-upgrade-school-security <p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; Carroll County Public Schools has received nearly $100,000 in school security equipment grants.</p> <p> The grant awards are part of a $6 million grant disbursement approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in September. According to a news release, the grant funds were split to assist 100 school divisions in the state, as well as six regional education programs. Funds will help buy video monitoring systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies and other security upgrades in 373 schools and other buildings.</p>