Today's News

  • Galax arrests include drug offenses, burglary

    Recent Galax arrests involved drug offenses and an attempted burglary.

    Two individuals were arrested on June 18 for drug-related violations, according to a report by the Galax Police Department.

    Chassidy Ann Patton, 30, of Galax and David Allen Hunley, 33, of Hillsville were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and felony child neglect.

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  • Closing Baywood a tough decision, but necessary

    Much debate surrounds the Grayson County School Board’s recent decision to close Baywood Elementary.

    The matter passed with a 3-2 vote on June 18, weeks after the school board and Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore explained that the decision was forced on them due to an anticipated $1 million shortfall in the upcoming school year.

  • True crime show to air episode on Galax murders

    The story of Alyssa Kenny and Anastasia Alley’s deaths and the search for their killer will be featured on Investigation Discovery’s TV show, “Murder Comes to Town,” on June 26 at 9 p.m.

    The series dramatizes American small-town homicides.

    After shooting footage in Galax earlier this year, conducting interviews with locals related to the case and obtaining news information from The Gazette, producers put the story together for Tuesday’s episode.

  • Court unseals indictments against 9


    INDEPENDENCE – Indictments against nine suspects were recently unsealed in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    A grand jury met April 27 and indicted several suspects on drug and other charges. Some of the indictments were sealed until the suspects were arrested.

  • Galax citizens concerned about sidewalks, vacant house

    Citizens brought concerns about sidewalks and an abandoned house to Galax City Council’s June 11 meeting.

    Cody Spencer spoke about road safety.

    “One of the things I’ve noticed for a while is our roads and their friendliness to pedestrians,” he said, especially near the Grant’s shopping center, Glendale Apartments and Northway Apartments.

  • Fries passes $494K budget

    FRIES — A unanimous vote by Fries Town Council at its June 5 meeting finalized the budget for fiscal year 2018-19, with revenues and expenditures total of $493,951.

    The proposed budget was presented for planning purposes at the council’s May 1 meeting. Council held a public hearing during the meeting, but heard no comments from the town citizens.

    At the June meeting, a motion was made by Town Council member Dawn Patton. The motion was seconded, and then approved with a unanimous vote.

    Proposed tax rates are as follows:

  • Eddie Bond wins NEA Heritage Fellowship award

    FRIES — Acclaimed fiddler Eddie Bond of Fries is among the recipients of the prestigious 2018 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Bond, a lifelong resident of Grayson County, grew up in the heart and capital of old-time music.

  • Baywood School will close

    INDEPENDENCE — The mood at Monday’s special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and resigned, as the board approved a final recommendation to close Baywood Elementary School.

    Three board members voted in favor of closing and two were opposed. The school will officially close its doors on July 1.

  • State park trails closed after bear encounter

    WHITETOP — The trail systems at Grayson Highlands State Park were closed June 16 after an encounter between a black bear and an untethered dog resulted in non life-threatening injuries to the dog’s owner.

    According to Jim Meisner, public relations specialist for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the incident occurred at 8 a.m. that day. He said a woman was walking along Cabin Creek Trail and the Horse Trail Connector to Massie Gap with her dog.