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Today's News

  • DUI suspect faces felony charges

    The Galax Police Department arrested a man on Christmas Day and charged him with a number of traffic offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and two counts of felony hit and run, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Presents pinched by a thieving 'Grinch'

    CANA — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from the community to find and arrest a burglary suspect who allegedly broke into a Cana home and stole presents from under the tree on Christmas Eve.

  • School board supports SOL test changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board has pledged its support to a movement gaining momentum across the state that calls for changes in Virginia’s testing system.
    Grayson joins more than 45 other school boards and representatives of 12 major education associations in Virginia who have adopted a resolution calling for state policymakers to change Virginia’s system of testing and accountability so that it is more effective in preparing students for college and careers and more valid in holding educators accountable for student achievement.

  • Woman charged for drugs, child endangerment

    A Galax woman has been arrested on drug possession and child endangerment charges, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Local man launches fundraiser for veterans

    When Freedom Motorsports founder and CEO Chris Kelley of Galax reached out to help a fellow veteran in need, he had no idea how far his outreach would expand.
    Kelley, who operates the online business, launched the Veteran Assistance Fund in an effort to assist service-connected disabled veterans during the holiday season. A veteran himself, he hopes that this effort will reach others who struggle with the psychological aftermath of serving active duty in wars overseas.

  • Galax woman pitches book to Oprah

    Kathy Gruhn of Galax had the opportunity to meet and pitch a book to Oprah Winfrey this summer.
    Gruhn wrote a child development program called “My Baby Compass,” which helps parents know if their child is on target for development, and shares methods on how to develop learning skills. The program is for children ages birth through seven years old.

  • Criminals fund police with $33M grant

    RICHMOND — Sheriffs’ offices, police departments, Virginia State Police and other law enforcement agencies in Virginia joined Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in Richmond on Dec. 18 as he distributed $33 million taken from criminals and repurposed to fund requests for new equipment and training.
    Locally, the Galax and Independence police departments and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office will benefit from the grant money, along with state troopers. Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said his department had not received any funds from the program.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/25/13

    Rising cost
    How could Obamacare possibly cause a person’s insurance to go up now? It doesn’t start until January. But, whoever had their insurance to go up and is complaining about it, they need to talk to their insurance company. That is who is to blame.

  • Grayson farm sends tree to vice president

    WHITETOP – For Rodney Richardson, owner of Mt. Rogers Tree Farm in Whitetop, Christmas is on his mind all year round.
    Richardson has made a career out of working on and managing his tree farm and selling Fraser fir Christmas trees. Every year, he grows the Christmas trees and sells them during the holiday season, but Christmas just seems to be getting more special and memorable for Richardson and his family each time the calendar rolls around to November and December.

  • APCo requests rate hike

    ROANOKE – Appalachian Power filed a request with the Virginia State Corporation Commission on Dec. 18 seeking recovery of electric transmission costs.
    The rate change is the first sought by the company since 2009 for transmission infrastructure improvements, according to a press release.