Local News

  • State committee will look at needs of aging schools

    Sen. Bill Stanley Jr. (R), who represents Carroll County and Galax in the Virginia Senate, will chair a new subcommittee, the first ever to look at school facility modernization in the commonwealth.
    Among the bipartisan committee’s members is another local representative, Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County).

  • Ritchie enters council race

    Political newcomer and longtime Galax resident Sharon Ritchie is running for Galax City Council.
    Ritchie is owner of downtown’s Chapters Bookshop the Wine Cellar at Chapters, president of the Galax Downtown Association and a member of the Galax Historical Society Board and Foundation for Excellence in Education.

  • Benefit concert will help Carter Home renovation

    HILLSVILLE – Managers and volunteers of the historic Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home in Hillsville have been working diligently to raise funds in hopes of continuing restoring the interior design and paying for maintenance and repairs to the building’s foundation and grounds.

    A fundraiser concert will be held this weekend to bring in more money for those efforts.

  • Two more sentenced for drug conspiracy

    ABINGDON — Two more people convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation have been sentenced in federal court, after pleading guilty to being part of a methamphetamine distribution network.

    The joint local, state and federal investigation sought to dismantle a major drug trafficking organization. Federal prosecutors said large quantities of meth were being transported from Greensboro, N.C., to be distributed in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County in Virginia and in Surry County, N.C.

  • Woman charged with embezzling from local business

    Staff Report

    A Fries woman charged with embezzling from a Galax business has a trial scheduled for June.

    Patricia Diane Jones, 57, of Fries, was arrested on Dec. 21, 2017, on a direct indictment issued by a Carroll County grand jury that charged her with felony embezzlement from Creek Bottom Brewing.

    Jones formerly worked in Creek Bottom’s payroll department. The offense is alleged to have occurred between Aug. 1-Sept. 23, 2017.

    She is awaiting trial in the Carroll County Circuit Court on June 18.

  • Garner runs for another council term

    John Garner is one of five candidates in the running for four seats on Galax City Council in the May 1 election.

    As his term ends June 30, it will be 12 years the incumbent has served on council.

    He is fit to continue, he said, because if you’re on council, “you already know what’s going on, you have a grasp of the issues and many of those issues continue to be before us. We have addressed many of those issues before and you know the positive things.”

  • Galax sets graduation date, last day of school

    June 12 will be the last day of school for Galax students, and June 9 will be the high school’s graduation day, as set by the Galax School Board at its April meeting.

    The graduation speaker will be Darrick Andre Early, from the GHS Class of 1994. Early also spoke at the Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God’s Black History Month celebration in February.

  • Carroll school budget totals $43M

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has developed a proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 that is more than last year, but the $43 million total doesn’t ask for an increase in local funding.

    An operating budget revenue summary for fiscal year 2019 shows an increase of $206,224 from last year’s total of $42.9 million.

  • Haynes seeks seat on Galax City Council

    Five people are seeking four positions on Galax City Council that are up for election this year.

    The Gazette is talking to each candidate to get their views on issues that affect citizens, and what they want to do if they get, or keep, their position.

    Travis Haynes, Galax native, 48, is a member of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and owner of River Trail Technology, an IT consulting company for small businesses, as well as an elder at Cornerstone Church, a husband and a father.

    Haynes is one of two newcomers seeking election to council.

  • Three charged with forgery, theft in Grayson

    Staff Report

    TROUTDALE — Three suspects from Tennessee were apprehended last week, after they allegedly attempted to cash forged checks at Skyline National Bank in Troutdale.

    According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Sgt. Rhonda Halsey responded to the Skyline branch in Troutdale on April 9, for a call about suspicious individuals attempting to cash checks through the drive-through window.