Local News

  • 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.

  • Cruz on mission to support church outreach

    When she was 9 years old, Jackie Cruz of Galax saw children in Africa who were in need, in a video shown at her church.

    She decided that she needed to do something to help them, and the local missionaries traveling to Zambia.

    Now, four years later, the fundraising yard sale Cruz founded is still going strong.

    First Baptist Church of Galax is holding a name-your-price yard sale at its Spanish-speaking Meadow Street location on Saturday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Small items will be paid as the buyer sees fit; larger items will have a price.

  • Paying Our Respects
  • CCHS seniors take next step

    HILLSVILLE – Many young minds began the next chapter in the book of their lives last Saturday, as 267 students from the Carroll County High School class of 2018 turned over their tassels, receiving diplomas in various areas of studies.

    The commencement opened with a greeting from CCHS student body co-presidents and a celebration of “hard work, dedication and the countless hours of development, growth and prosperity through education at CCHS,” as described by Co-President Houston Elizabeth Dixon.

  • Grayson expenditures catching up to revenue

    INDEPENDENCE ― As budgeting season continues, the Grayson Board of Supervisors sought a review of the county’s finances in order to address the years ahead.

  • Adams-Parker named Carroll assistant schools superintendent

    HILLSVILLE — Dr. Beverly Adams-Parker has been named assistant superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools effective July 1.

    Carroll Schools Superintendent Dr. Shirley Perry the school system will have two assistant superintendents, with Dr. Mark Burnette continuing in his position. “These positions will have different responsibilities and duties,” she said.

  • 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.