Today's News

  • New Galax police chief sworn in

    Three oaths were taken at the Sept. 10 Galax City Council meeting; one by new Police Chief DeWitt Cooper; one by new council member Beth White; and one by new police officer Aaron Willard.

    Judge J.D. Bolt administered the oath for White; Vice Mayor Sharon Plichta swore in Cooper and Willard in place of Mayor C.M. Mitchell, who was absent from the meeting.

    Each ceremony, though momentous for the participants, was brief and to the point.

  • Sinkholes open on east side of Galax

    Two sinkholes opened up this week on the east side of Galax, one of them underneath a vehicle.

    One appeared Tuesday in the Food City shopping center’s parking lot on E. Stuart Drive; another opened underneath a truck on Sept. 9 at the Wash Bucket Auto Care Center, at 959 E. Stuart Drive, next to McDonald’s.

    The sinkholes could be a result of last weekend’s heavy rains and flash flooding. The city received 5.5 inches of rain in a short period on Sept. 8.

  • Area prepares for Florence


    • Grayson County schools will be closed on Tuesday.

    • Carroll County Public Schools will be on a 2-hour delay Tuesday.



    The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg reported the following 48-hour rainfall reports at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 17, from the remnants of Florence:

    Carroll County

    • Laurel Fork: 5.65”

  • Readers Hotline 9/12/18

    Willing to help
    There’s no use getting upset about people that abuse children only getting a little bit of time in a jail cell. There’s too many people that are willing to help them get their way. You people support pedophiles, you help them out all the time, you can’t expect the court to do any different. They need that money, too.

    We need each other

  • Hillsville reburies time capsule for 50 years

    HILLSVILLE – Memories will remain dormant for another 50 years, as another time capsule has been buried in downtown Hillsville in front of the Former Carroll Drug on Main Street.

    Members of Friends of Hillsville helped coordinate the ceremony, and with the help of Tom Jackson (who owns the building where the new and original time capsules were buried), Joey Haynes, Bill Gallimore, Mayor Greg Crowder and Council Member Barry Jessup, a newly constructed capsule was placed back into the ground to be opened in 2068.

  • Ex-teacher facing more charges


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a former music teacher at Galax High School and Galax Middle School on three additional charges in connection with the investigation of alleged inappropriate relationships with two minors.

    The grand jury first met July 27 and handed down seven indictments against Jessica Leigh Kincaid Snow, 33, of Fries.

  • Challenge will put teams through obstacle course

    It’s not just a job; not even just a career, but rather a lifestyle that preserves the principles of integrity and ethics, and motivates people around the nation to succeed and lead positive lives.

    This is the legacy of Curtis Bartlett, a late military veteran and police officer.

    The way of selflessness comes in many forms and fashions; many shapes and sizes. For some, it means paying the ultimate price, as Bartlett did when he died in the line of duty.

  • Galax state of emergency carries over to Florence

    Galax City Council has voted to ratify the state of emergency declared by City Manager Keith Barker over the weekend, after 5.5 inches of rain fell overnight on Sept. 8 and caused flooding downtown and in other areas.

    The same case will remain open for any potential damage caused by Hurricane Florence this week, so that the city will not have to file another set of applications.

  • Citizens encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts

    Staff Report

    This past weekend’s flooding in Galax and the potential effects of Hurricane Florence demonstrate the importance of citizens being able to receive emergency alerts.

    Jolena Young, director of Twin County 911, is encouraging local residents to sign up for the Nixle and Everbridge emergency notification services, which send text messages about public safety matters.

  • Readers Hotline 9/10/18

    Too hot to learn?
    I keep seeing where schools in surrounding areas shut down early due to the extreme heat. Galax schools keep their kids in all day and I understand the heat in the classrooms is 90 to 100 degrees. How can kids and teachers focus in conditions like this? Maybe the superintendent should put his heat at 100 degrees and see if he can work in conditions like that.