Local News

  • Loose puppies caused crash, driver tells police

    Staff Report

    A Galax man told police that his six puppies had a hand, or a paw, in causing a single-vehicle crash on May 20, according to Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene at 6:56 p.m. on Pipers Gap Road, and freed Scott David Peterson, 59, and his six puppies from a Ford pickup they found overturned on its side, said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

  • City could reverse flow on one-way Swanson Street

    The City of Galax is considering reversing the flow of traffic on one-way Swanson Street, near Galax Elementary School.

    Galax City Council has referred the proposal regarding the Swanson-MacArthur streets intersection to the Safety Traffic Commission.

    City Engineer Edwin Ward and City Manager Keith Barker have been in discussion with an engineering team to reverse the one-way flow on the street, changing it so that drivers would enter Swanson at its intersection with MacArthur and exit on Calhoun Street.

  • Grayson supervisors devise school budget plan


    INDEPENDENCE – As the Grayson school system faces a $1 million dollar shortfall in revenue due to loss of student funding and an increase in insurance costs, the supervisors are devising a plan to meet the school board’s request for the county to contribute more than the minimum it its required to provide.

  • Galax receives $17.1M for school renovation

    The City of Galax received a $17.1 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week, to be used for the Galax Elementary School project.

    Of that total, $100,000 is for covering legal fees, consultant fees, advertising for the project and any other related costs, said City Manager Keith Barker.

    Coram Construction of North Carolina originally submitted a bid of $17.8 million; but with additional fees, including those listed above, the final amount was just shy of $20 million.

  • Beasley pleads guilty to attempted murder of officer

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man has pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder of a Carroll County law enforcement officer and other crimes.

    Kevin Nelson Beasley, 28, of Austinville, was indicted by a Carroll grand jury on multiple charges related to a 2016 police chase and a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties.

  • Campbell named teacher of the year

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Middle School Coach Charles Campbell was named the 2018 teacher of the year for the Grayson County Public Schools district, during a ceremony held May 14 at the GCHS auditorium.

    Before the board’s regular monthly meeting, Campbell and seven other instructors were honored for their contributions to the school system during the 2017-18 school year.

  • Hillsville treasurer one of only four certified in Va.

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville is now one of only four towns in the state with a certified master governmental treasurer.

    Treasurer LeAnna Surratt recently completed coursework to become certified through the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center, town council announced at its May 14 meeting.

    Surratt was also presented with a service award that night, and the town released a statement honoring her achievement.

  • Galax arrests involve embezzlement, drugs

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in Galax involved embezzlement and several charges stemming from a DUI incident.

    Christopher G. Brown, 28, of Galax, has been charged with embezzlement at the Galax Little Caesar’s. Brown is alleged to have diverted business funds to his personal use, according to a police report.

    Sgt. Trevor Jefferson, who responded to the business and took the initial report, charged Brown. Brown was to appear in the Galax General District Court for arraignment.

  • Carroll approves $85.7M budget

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted and appropriated the fiscal year 2019 budget and tax rates at its May 14 meeting.

    The total appropriation of $85.7 million was approved by unanimous vote. The budget includes no tax increase.

    That total includes general operating expenditures of $42.6 million, the Carroll County Public Schools’ operating budget of $43.1 million and a library fund of $8,000.

  • Worried about becoming dependent on opioids?

    Each day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Patients and family members who are prescribed opioids for pain relief may worry about growing dependent on the medication. Dr. Charles Dunham is a psychiatrist and internal medicine physician who sees patients in several Winston-Salem, N.C.-area locations. Dunham has answers for some of the most commonly asked questions about taking opioids to relieve pain.