Local News

  • Galax preparing for Baywood students

    After Baywood Elementary School closed July 1, students are being split “about 50-50” between Fairview Elementary and Independence Elementary, according to Grayson County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

    But, some parents are opting instead to send their kids to Galax schools this fall.

    The 3-2 vote to close the school was made at a Grayson County School Board meeting last month, after much prior consideration and public input. The closure was made due to student attrition and a $1 million school system budget shortfall, Wilmore said.

  • Rabid raccoon reported in Galax area

    Staff Report

    Health officials confirm that a raccoon that attacked a dog on the 1300 block of Waterwheel Road in Galax on June 28 has tested positive for rabies.

    If any person or mammal pets may have had recent contact with a suspicious raccoon or other mammal in this area, contact the Galax Health Department at (276)-236-6127.

  • Police chase man who used false ID

    A Galax man who allegedly attempted to use false identification was arrested last Wednesday, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A spokesperson for Galax Police Chief Rick Clark advised that Alonso M. Moreno, 19, of Galax, was arrested on June 27.

    Officer Tyler Houk responded to the Kangaroo station on South Main Street to investigate a person using a suspicious form of identification.

  • Partnership offers hope for training center residents

    HILLSVILLE – Since the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County announced its closing, concerns have been rising about who will provide the necessary home and healthcare services to intellectually disabled individuals.

    On June 29, ground was broken in Hillsville for a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services and Good Neighbor, a company that provides many of the same services as the training center, but in a community-based setting.

  • W.Va. trio charged with Grayson burglary

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — Three people from West Virginia have been charged with breaking and entering and other crimes, after a brief pursuit in Independence.

    According to a police report, Grayson County deputies responded to Little Fox Creek Road in Independence around 2:00 p.m. on June 29 for a breaking and entering at a residence.

  • Rodeo returns to Felts Park after 12 years

    Staff Reports

    The Jeff Johnson-johnsoncars.com Championship Rodeo, the first to hit Galax since 2006, will come to Felts Park this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each evening, with gates opening at 6 p.m.

    Sponsored by Jeff Johnson and Harmon’s Western Wear, and hosted by the Oakland Ruritan Club, it’s sanctioned by the Southern Rodeo Association, the oldest rodeo association east of the Mississippi, says Dennis Pruitt of Double Creek Pro Rodeo.

  • Fancy Gap man dies in parkway crash

    Staff Report

    State and local authorities are continuing their investigation of a fatal vehicle crash that occurred this past weekend on the Blue Ridge Parkway, in which a Carroll County man was killed.

    Reports from the Virginia State Police confirm that the crash occurred on a section of the parkway in Nelson County, approximately 5.4 miles south of Route 814.

  • Magic Mart to close in Galax

    Staff Report

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — The company that owns the Magic Mart chain has announced that it will close all its stores and offices and the company warehouse.

    Ammar’s Inc., based in Bluefield, operates a Magic Mart store in the Twin County Plaza shopping center at 1077 East Stuart Drive in Galax.

    It is one of 21 Magic Mart stores in four states.

  • Galax Elementary expansion begins

    The Galax Elementary School expansion and renovation project’s groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 28 at 6 p.m., as members of the school board and city council and a regional agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (the funding agency) picked up painted shovels with the Maroon Tide logo and started to dig.

    The moment was preceded by a color guard of military science students, a performance by members of the Galax High School band, and a word from both Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill and Mayor C.M. Mitchell.

  • Grayson citizens identify health concerns


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Community Health Assessment kickoff meeting was held last Wednesday at the Grayson County Courthouse.

    The group spent about two hours determining some of the problems facing citizens of not only Grayson and surrounding counties.