http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Tom Hanks, HBO making "Factory Man" miniseries http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/tom-hanks-hbo-making-factory-man-miniseries <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tom_hanks_factory_man_deadline.jpg" alt="Tom Hanks&#039; Emmy-winning production company, Playtone, will bring the story of &quot;Factory Man&quot; to life for an HBO miniseries." title="Tom Hanks&#039; Emmy-winning production company, Playtone, will bring the story of &quot;Factory Man&quot; to life for an HBO miniseries." align="left" hspace="6" width="141" height="85" /><p> It appears the best-selling book by Beth Macy about the life of Galax&rsquo;s John Bassett in the furniture industry is headed for the TV screen.</p> <p> According to Deadline.com, an online magazine that covers the entertainment industry, The Playtone Company and HBO have bought broadcasting rights to &ldquo;Factory Man,&rdquo; and they intend to develop the book into a miniseries.</p> <p> The project lists Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone as co-executive producers.</p> Man charged with assaulting officer http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/man-charged-assaulting-officer <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/thomasdowning.jpg" alt="Thomas Downing" title="Thomas Downing" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Though there were reports of an active shooter inside a home just outside Galax city limits Monday night, there was none in an incident in which police said a responding Galax police officer was assaulted by a man without a weapon.</p> <p> &ldquo;911 took several hangup calls from a number,&rdquo; said Galax Police Capt. James Cox. &ldquo;Then when they called one more time, the dispatcher couldn&#39;t understand the caller.&rdquo;</p> <p> This turned out to be because the suspected caller, Thomas Heath Downing, 40, of Willow Bend Drive, was deaf, Cox said.</p> Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/choir-finds-harmony-among-diverse-denominations <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/preacherschoir.jpg" alt="The Preacher&#039;s Choir" title="The Preacher&#039;s Choir" align="left" hspace="6" width="149" height="85" /><p> When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher&rsquo;s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.</p> <p> The Preacher&rsquo;s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.</p> <p> &ldquo;Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,&rdquo; said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.</p> Board delays purchase of new school site http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/board-delays-purchase-new-school-site <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/galaxfutureschool_0.jpg" alt="Galax educators want to wait until site studies and traffic surveys are complete before buying a property in the Kipling Lane/Fries Road area for a new elementary school." title="Galax educators want to wait until site studies and traffic surveys are complete before buying a property in the Kipling Lane/Fries Road area for a new elementary school." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Galax School Board on Sept. 9 tabled a decision to purchase a Kipling Lane property for the building of a new elementary school until the next meeting.</p> <p> This decision was made due to the city&rsquo;s policy of a 30-day window for appeals following a zoning decision &mdash; in this case, city council&rsquo;s approval the previous night of the school board&rsquo;s conditional use permit for the property.</p> Hillsville plans Christian Family Fun Day http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/hillsville-plans-christian-family-fun-day <p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; For the past two years, the Christian Family Fun Day (CFFD) event in Hillsville has provided a safe and fun environment where everyone is welcome.</p> <p> For some, the event &mdash; set to return for a third year on Sept. 20 &mdash; is a fun place to mingle with the community and enjoy the free games and entertainment. But for others, the experience is much more profound.</p> General Assembly reaches budget deal http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/general-assembly-reaches-budget-deal <p> RICHMOND &mdash; Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Speaker Bill Howell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, Senate Finance Co-Chairman Chuck Colgan and leaders from the General Assembly money committees announced they had reached a bipartisan agreement on how to tackle Virginia&rsquo;s budget shortfall. The agreement will close $346 million this fiscal year and will address the $536 million gap for Fiscal Year (FY) 16.</p> Grayson schools accredited, four with warning http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/grayson-schools-accredited-four-warning <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; All seven of Grayson County&rsquo;s schools were accredited for the 2013-14 school year &ndash; though four received warning in at least one subject.</p> <p> Grayson&rsquo;s Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett provided the school board with an update on the accreditation status during the board&rsquo;s regular meeting last week.</p> <p> &ldquo;All schools are accredited,&rdquo; Cornett told the board. &ldquo;Although some are with warning.&rdquo;</p> Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/choir-finds-harmony-among-diverse-denominations-0 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/preacherschoir.jpg" alt="The Preacher&#039;s Choir" title="The Preacher&#039;s Choir" align="left" hspace="6" width="149" height="85" /><p> When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher&rsquo;s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.</p> <p> The Preacher&rsquo;s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.</p> <p> &ldquo;Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,&rdquo; said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.</p>