Today's News

  • Firefighters rescue 30 cats from fire

    Two people and 30 cats are safe, though with some injury, after a house fire on Waugh Drive at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the blaze.

    When the door was opened, they “took off running,” said a firefighter. The owners kept a list of all 30 cats, and were able to account for each of them after the fire.

    The fire was electrical in origin and started from a fusebox, sweeping towards the porch and engulfing the front of the house, owned by Conley Kyle and rented by Bobby and Carolyn Lambert.

  • School budget focuses on salaries

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board presented its budget for the next fiscal year to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on March 6.

    At a short joint budget session on March 6, the two boards met at the county boardroom to go over a summary of the 2019-2020 budget and address any concerns.

    The budget proposal totals $21.9 million.

  • Men found lying in road arrested

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department handled recent cases ranging from subjects lying in a roadway and a man brandishing a gun to various drug charges.

    According to a police report, officers Dakota Martin, Eduardo Martin and Tyler Houk were dispatched to the area of Brickyard Road on March 12 for a report of two men lying in the roadway.

  • Town names Goad police chief

    HILLSVILLE – Earlier this month, Hillsville Town Council announced that Shannon Goad, who had been serving as interim chief of the Hillsville Police Department following the retirement of its former leader, has been officially promoted to chief.

    Goad was named interim chief in 2018, after the departure of former chief Wesley Yonce.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns on Interstate 77 ramp

    First responders were dispatched to a tractor-trailer crash early last Friday morning after a Freightliner overturned on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.

    According to reports from the Virginia State Police, at approximately 5:50 a.m. on March 22, the operator of a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling sawdust was traveling on I-77 southbound when he attempted proceed onto the Exit 1 ramp.

    “The vehicle came into the curve and overturned on the left side of the ramp, striking the guard rail,” the report said.

  • 'Backpack Buddies' has fed kids for 10 years

    Ten years ago, Galax Backpack Buddies started making a difference for hungry school kids, and they’re still driven to continue that mission, according to Alison Bolen, on of the program’s founding members.

    Backpack Buddies, connected to the organization Feeding America, packs a full bag of food for kids to take home over the weekends during the school year.

  • Community can help bring health center to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is partnering with Tri-Area Community Health in an initiative to bring a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) to the aid of the community.

    The healthcare center initiative has been high on the county’s list of priorities since the concept was introduced in 2017 and has moved through several phases in the past year.

  • Hillsville man arrested on drug charges

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — One local resident was taken into custody last week by the Hillsville Police Department after a K9 officer alerted on the vehicle in which he was traveling.

    Police Chief Shannon Goad reported that on March 13 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Officer Austin Atkins observed a Ford van traveling on West Stuart Drive. The driver had committed a traffic violation when pulling out from the Hills Motel.

  • Galax man injured in fire

    A man welding inside a garage at the corner of West Stuart Drive and Boyer Road at 2:49 p.m. on Wednesday suffered second-degree burns when attempting to extinguish a fire, according to Galax Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

    The man “accidentally caught something on fire” while welding, said Burnett. “In the process of trying to put the fire out, he burned his leg.”

    The man was transported by Galax-Grayson EMS.

  • College plans local projects

    Staff Report

    Wytheville Community College (WCC) continues to expand learning opportunities at its location at the Crossroads Institute in Galax and is joining other partners for a proposed project at the former Baywood Elementary School in Grayson County.

    WCC is also continuing partnerships with other community colleges and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, according to a recent news release detailing its recent activities.