Local News

  • Hillsville to reveal time capsule contents

    HILLSVILLE – This Saturday will mark a special day in local history, as Hillsville residents get the chance to take a step back into the past while the relics from a 50-year-old time capsule are revealed.

    The capsule, buried in 1968, was excavated from its burial spot on Main Street in May, during the season’s first Hillsville Summer Nights concert and cruise-in.

    As announced during the previous cruise-in, the contents will be displayed at the Historic Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Grayson leaders discuss plans for growth

    INDEPENDENCE — A series of upcoming initiatives to address tourism, business, health, communication and other needs within the county were the key topic of this year’s spring “Grow Grayson” forum.

    At the forum recently held at the Independence Fire House, Grayson supervisors and County Administrator Bill Shepley presented an updated list of projects planed for the coming years and sought input.

  • Outlaw among roundup of Galax arrests

    Staff Reports

    Three Mount Airy, N.C., residents were arrested for various acts of alleged grand larceny in Galax, including a woman with the surname “Outlaw” who was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, on May 29, Officer Silverio Gonzales identified Stephanie Renee Outlaw, 27, as a person wanted for alleged grand larceny.

    After her arrest, Gonzales discovered suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the report said.

  • GHS alumnus now a leader of federal agency

    Galax High School graduation speaker Darrick André Early (Class of ’94) already made a big impact at the Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God’s Black History Month celebration in February this year.

    Early, who has an impressive list of accomplishments, currently serves as the deputy regional commissioner for the National Capital Region/Federal Acquisition Service (NCR/FAS) within the General Services Administration (GSA).

  • Child hit by car in Galax


    UPDATED 6/6/18:

    The mother of a girl struck by a vehicle on Glendale Road says the 10-year-old is in good condition, according to Virginia State Trooper K.D. Blackburn. The trooper updated The Gazette on her condition Tuesday.


    A 10-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle and thrown into a ditch on Glendale Road at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to Virginia State Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

  • Student news reporters keep classmates informed

    Fifth graders at Laurel Elementary School have been up to some interesting extracurricular activities this past school year, aimed at preparing students for real world career experience.

    The Wildcat News crew live streamed its final broadcast of the year on June 1, to wish students a fun-filled summer and congratulate everyone on their accomplishments of transitioning to the next grade level.

  • Cardwell retiring after 36 years in education

    Galax Schools’ Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell is retiring in early June after 36 years of experience in education.

    Cardwell, known for her drive to improve students’ education and friendly, soft-spoken demeanor, took a moment in her last week of employment to look back on her career.

    Born in Galax, and a GHS graduate, Cardwell pursued higher education at Virginia Tech, took on a double major in agronomy and agricultural education that netted her a degree in 1980, and immediately came back to the Twin Counties to start working in Galax.

  • Juvenile shot with BB gun at rec center

    Staff Report

    On May 31, the Galax Police Department responded to Felts Park after being notified that a female juvenile had been shot with a BB gun, according to a report released by Chief Rick Clark.

    Responding officers detained Vernon Davis Bailey, 18, of Suffolk, in the grandstand area. Sgt. Jody Poole charged Bailey with felony assault after the event was investigated.

    Bailey was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail and held without bond pending his arraignment in Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

  • After wrecks, police urge caution in work zone

    Efforts to promote road safety by repaving sections of East Stuart Drive in Galax resulted in two accidents last week, due to increased traffic congestion and driver error.

    A crash on May 24 on East Stuart left glass and vehicle debris across both westbound lanes of the highway after the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 was struck from behind at a speed of approximately 25-35 mph, according to a police report.

  • City vehicle involved in crash

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on East Stuart Drive at 1:38 p.m. on May 24 left one driver with minor injuries, according to a Galax police report.

    A 2001 Dodge Dakota owned by the City of Galax and driven by Barney Bradford Holder Jr., 51, of Galax, was traveling from Waugh Drive to Mountain View Avenue when it pulled out in front of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruise, driven by Caitlin Nicole Patton, 19, also of Galax, which was traveling west on E. Stuart Drive.

    The Dodge was hit by the Chevrolet.