Today's News

  • Sheriff reports on recent crimes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported a series of incidents that occurred last week.

    On July 9, Cpl. Brad Hawks was conducting an investigation that led him to Teasterwood Road in Mouth of Wilson.

    Hawks and Deputy Junior Young made contact with Jimmy Dean Cornett of 511 Teasterwood Road, and noticed that Cornett appeared to be intoxicated in public, according to the sheriff’s report.

    A search of his person revealed a 380 High Point pistol and methamphetamine, the report said.

  • Smoke on the Mountain celebrates 15 years

    Staff Report

    Preparations for the 15th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship and accompanying street festival are under way this week.

    Smoke on the Mountain will be held July 19-20. Once again, the event will be held on historic downtown Galax, but will have a few changes to mark this milestone year.

  • Look Before You Lock

    Staff Report

    When you read a news story about a child who died from heat stroke after being accidentally left in a hot car, you might think, “This would never happen to me. I’d never forget my baby.”

    Statistics show, however, that these tragedies happen to even the best, most loving parents. In more than half of child vehicular heat stroke deaths, the parent or caregiver unknowingly left the child in the vehicle, according to KidsAndCars.org, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting child safety.

  • Fire destroys mobile home

    Staff Report

    Galax firefighters had a long night this weekend, tackling a structure fire and a leaky propane tank back-to-back on July 14.

    Sunday at 12:37 a.m., the Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire on Spring Run Lane, Lot 18, in a mobile home park off Fries Road.

    When units arrived, they found one mobile home engulfed in flame, with the fire threatening a second nearby residence, the GVFD reported.

  • Comcast to launch gigabit internet service

    Staff Report

    Comcast is launching an internet service that will deliver speeds of up to one gigabit-per-second to residential and business customers, and Galax will be one of the first to receive it.

    The telecom company announced last week that, beginning later this month, it will offer the gigabit internet service to customers in Galax, Glade Spring, Marion and Abingdon. Comcast said it can deliver the super-fast speeds using the existing wiring that most people already have in their homes and businesses.

  • Hundley represents Galax students on school board

    Staff Report

    Savannah Hundley has been selected as the 2019-2020 student representative to the Galax School Board — the first student to ever serve in this role.

    The school board passed a new policy at their April meeting providing for a student representative to be selected each spring to serve the following school year. The student may be a junior or senior and serves as a non-voting member of the board.

  • Police warn of thieves ‘skimming’ ATMs

    Citizens are asked to be observant after police have received multiple reports this week of illegal transactions from ATMs in the Galax and Hillsville areas.

    According to a statement issued by the Hillsville Police Department, these incidents have been happening at both local banks and businesses with ATMs inside.

    As of Thursday morning, Hillsville PD reported that three separate ATMs in Hillsville have been used to compromise accounts; as well as two separate ATMs in Galax.

  • Feathered friends float for festive Fourth

    The 7th Annual Great Galax Duck Race was held July 4 on Chestnut Creek, starting at the East Grayson Street bridge next to Vaughan Bassett and ending in the creek next to CVS.

    Once again, the race broke the previous year’s record, with 4,100 ducks on the water.

    As always, the “race” was actually a technique for the annual harvesting and cleaning of the popular Galax rubber duck (scientific name Flexilis anatis galax), a valuable cash crop for the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, which hosted and managed the event.

  • Galax charges include drugs, officer assault

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department reported several recent arrests, ranging from drug charges and larceny to assault on an officer and vehicle theft.

    On June 24, Sgt. Shawny Jones responded to a call of children alone in a vehicle. After arriving, he noticed the children in the vehicle without adult supervision, the police report said.

    After a brief investigation, Brooklyn N. Long, 26, of Galax, was charged with abuse and neglect of children. She was released on an unsecured bond.

  • Carroll names interim administrator

    HILLSVILLE – A candidate was selected to serve as Interim Carroll County Administrator during the Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night.
    R. Cellell Dalton, former administrator of Wythe County, was appointed to serve the position during the interim.
    Dalton served as the Wythe County Administrator for more than 21 years, and is a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and recipient of both the Bronze Star medal and Purple Heart for his time of military service.