Local News

  • Colleagues remember former Galax mayor Van McCarter

    Dr. Van Buren McCarter, former dentist and mayor of Galax from 1986-1992, died on Monday in Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center at the age of 96.

    McCarter retired from Galax City Council in 2004, after 25 years, 12 of those as mayor.

  • Pedestrian hit by car in Galax

    Staff Report

    A Fries man was hit by a car at approximately 4:55 p.m. on Sunday while crossing the road in the 500 block of East Stuart Drive, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

  • Woodlawn man dies in crash

    Staff Report

    State police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred over Memorial Day weekend in Grayson County.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, the crash occurred May 27 at 6:15 p.m. on Route 94, less than a mile east of Route 640.

    A 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Michael D. Hudson, 50, of Woodlawn, was traveling west on 94 when it ran off the left side of the highway and overturned, the report said.

    Hudson was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

  • Galax police chief retiring

    After 42 years in law enforcement, both for the city of Galax and Carroll County, Chief Rick Clark is set to retire at the end of September.

    “I’m ready,” he admits. “I’ve been on call since I was promoted to detective in 1980.”

    His successor is being advertised for now, and will be vetted by city council, City Manager Keith Barker and the city’s human resources department. Applications are being reviewed by the Virginia Association of Police Chiefs. The final decision to hire will come from council.

  • Ducks run amok in city

    Rubber duck-related crimes are on the rise, says Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett, and these foul fowl will stop at nothing — tax evasion, jaywalking, cruelty to lawn flamingoes — in their quest to take over the City of Galax.

    Burnett, retired last year from the Galax Police Department, has a long career in criminal justice backing his claims up; and thankfully is just the man to handle the problem without ruffling too many feathers.

  • Two airlifted after crash

    Staff Reports

    Two people were airlifted from Wolf Pen Ridge Road off Pipers Gap Road in Carroll County on Friday night after rolling a Camaro, according to Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department reported that it responded with Pipers Gap Rescue to the single-vehicle crash at 8:21 p.m. on May 25. One person was ejected from the vehicle, and the fire department had to remove the second, who was pinned inside.

    Two AirCare helicopters were called in to transport the patients for treatment.

  • City puts brakes on truck ordinance

    Galax City Council had considered an ordinance to prohibit truckers from using “jake brakes” — mechanisms that allow for fast braking by releasing compression from the engine, creating a loud noise — but are now pursuing an alternate course of action.

    Council held a public hearing on the proposal at its May 14 meeting,

    Travis Haynes, voted onto council in the May 1 election, was the only citizen to speak. He takes office on July 1.

  • Galax to hold public hearings on school, city budgets

    Galax City Council has set May 29 as the public hearing date for both the city budget and the Galax City Public Schools budget.

    The meeting will be held, uncharacteristically, on a Tuesday night, as Monday is Memorial Day and the city offices will be closed.

    Both budgets are still somewhat in limbo, as the Virginia General Assembly has not come to a decision on the commonwealth’s budget.

    The state legislature is legally required to pass a budget before July 1.

  • City budget has no new tax increases

    Galax’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget will not raise taxes this year, according to a presentation to city council by City Manager Keith Barker in two recent budget meetings.

    However, this is the second year of a 13¢ real estate tax increase, staggered over five years, as reported previously.

  • Galax, Grayson commended for no crash deaths

    For the second year in a row, Galax is being commended for having no crash-related deaths, and Grayson County also made the list for 2017.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ Highway Safety Office congratulated 23 Virginia localities that reported zero traffic fatalities last year.

    Galax was one of 13 localities that had no traffic fatalities in both 2016 and 2017.