Today's News

  • Man charged for shooting near construction workers

    Staff Report

    Galax police recently handled calls involving a firearms violation and a fugitive from justice.

    On Nov. 5, Officer Silverio Gonzales and Sgt. Jody Poole of the Galax Police Department were dispatched to Alpine Place in the city regarding a male subject shooting near construction workers.

  • Va. helping citizens re-enter society after incarceration

    Staff Report

    Virginia has launched the state’s first online re-entry portal, which provides a “one-stop shop” to help citizens pick up their lives after incarceration.

    Attorney General Mark R. Herring recently announced the launch of VirginiaReEntry.org, a site that offers resources to help formerly incarcerated individuals return to their communities and lead successful lives.

  • Readers Hotline 11/19/18

    How to reach them?
    Well, elections are over and it’s about time now for us to start following up on what our elected officials are doing or not doing. Oddly enough, our representatives in Congress are not listed anywhere in the telephone book or in The Source [the Gazette’s area directory] anymore, just our state people. It would be nice if The Gazette could put those things in the paper with how we can get in touch with them by mail or by phone. If they’re too out of touch to respond to us, we need to remember that come next election.

  • Bowers, Martin Bluefield-bound

    The area around Bluefield is known as Four Seasons Country. A pair of area athletes are going to have two of those seasons covered.

    Golf season and baseball season at Bluefield College will have a Twin County flavor to them as Brandon Martin of Carroll County and Hunter Bowers of Galax have signed letters of intent to play for the Rams. Bowers signed with the Bluefield golf team last Thursday and Martin signed with the Rams baseball team a day before.

  • Runners conclude at state meet

    THE PLAINS –– Grayson County’s Benji Pinckney had the highest finish among the three area high schools represented at the VHSL state cross country championships, run on a muddy, soggy course last Friday and Saturday near Manassas.

    A senior, Pinckney placed eighth in the Class 2 meet with a time of 17 minutes, 15 seconds. The Region 2D and Mountain Empire District champion, Pinckney held off Radford’s William Hartig by one second and Strasburg’s Anthony Cadle by five seconds for his eight-place showing

  • Tide reaches finals

    It took two touchdowns in the final three minutes for Galax to slip past George Wythe in the two teams’ regular season meeting back in October. The Maroon Tide made sure no late-game heroics were necessary in the rematch.

    The top seed in Region 1C, Galax built a 21-point lead in the first 16 minutes and eliminated No. 4 George Wythe 42-14 in the region semifinals at Galax High School. The Maroons had let a 14-7 lead late in the fourth quarter slip away on the same field five weeks ago and relished the thoughts of a do-over.

  • Galax's opioid lawsuit moves forward

    The City of Galax, which filed a lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers and distributors this summer, has joined with 10 other Virginia localities that filed similar legal action in asking the Virginia Supreme Court to determine where the lawsuits should be heard.

    This summer, Galax sued the prescription painkiller makers and distributors for their role in allegedly creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids like OxyContin.

  • Police: man drove car into storefronts to commit burglary

    Staff Reports

    According to police, a North Carolina man stole three vehicles overnight Wednesday and allegedly used at least one of them to drive into the front of two local businesses in attempts to commit burglary.

    He also is charged with numerous other crimes, and is a suspect in another burglary and two attempted burglaries.

    Numerous break-ins were attempted in Galax on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

  • Ice storm brings down trees, leaving thousands without power

    An ice storm snapped trees and limbs, which in turn brought down power lines across the Twin Counties on Thursday, leaving thousands without electricity and making roads treacherous.

    According to American Electric Power (AEP) on Thursday afternoon, there were a total of 14,110 customers with outages in the Twin County area.

  • Public Record from 11-14-2018

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.

    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in July in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: