Today's News

  • Galax to study creek's flood potential

    The City of Galax is trying to secure funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to study Chestnut Creek, due to concerns about flood risk.

    In the 1950s, the Corps of Engineers undertook a massive project in the city, to reroute the creek and alleviate damaging floods that plagued the city in its early years.

    At city council’s March 25 meeting, Barker informed council members that he had recently spoken to the USACE staff about the city’s request for an analysis of the creek through the corps’ Section 205 study process.

  • GES teacher recognized for helping students with disabilities

    Jessica Draper, a special education teacher at Galax Elementary School, has been selected as the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2019.

    Draper has “been instrumental in helping our school becoming fully inclusive,” said GES Principal Emily Broyles. “She has truly been a trailblazer in moving our special education department in a promising direction.”

  • Heath steps aside as 40th District candidate

    MARION — Two candidates seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to succeed Bill Sen. Carrico were set to meet later this week to decide which would run in the Virginia Senate 40th District race in November.

    However, one has dropped out of the race, making the April 25 Republican mass meeting a foregone conclusion.

    Last week, Ken Heath of Marion withdrew his name from the 40th District race and handed the GOP nomination to Del. Todd Pillion. Heath still plans to run in November, but as an independent.

  • GES project has about a year to go

    The architect overseeing the Galax Elementary School renovation and expansion recently provided an update on the project’s progress.

    Architect and liaison Yancey Powers with the firm WM2A has taken a little time near the end of each Galax School Board meeting to update everyone on how the work is going.

    However, it’s easy to get lost in small details, so The Gazette took a moment to ask Powers about the broad outlines of the project and its ultimate goals, and to see where it is presently.

  • Drug strike force's next target is SWVA

    Federal officials this week announced criminal charges involving 60 defendants across 11 federal districts in four states — including 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals — for their alleged participation in the illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous narcotics and for health care fraud schemes.

  • 4 arrested for variety of offenses

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests included charges for drug possession, larceny and assault, according to a report released by Galax Police Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    On April 10, Senior Patrol Officer Darrin Alley and Officer Meagan Parks responded to a shoplifter at Walmart. Upon arrival, they found that the suspect had left the location.

    The suspect was identified and warrants were obtained for larceny, third or subsequent offense.

  • Body found in abandoned Galax factory

    A body was found last week in the old T.G. Vaughan warehouse in Galax, dead of natural causes, according to Police Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    He declined to give further details, out of respect for the person’s family, he said, though he did indicate the person found was male.

    “One of the Vaughans usually checks the building,” Cooper noted, saying that this was a routine property check to make sure all was well in the former furniture factory, off East Stuart Drive and across from the New River Trail entrance.

  • Blue Ridge Designs expanding, hiring

    HILLSVILLE ― A job fair has been scheduled for later this month as a result of recent expansions for one Hillsville business.

    Blue Ridge Designs LLC, announced earlier in April that it plans to more than double the amount of machines currently in operation and hopes to bring more quality jobs to the area.

  • Carroll collecting delinquent taxes

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll is on target to collect around half a million dollars in unpaid taxes this year, according to a report from the county.

    In light of recent budget discussions, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors reported a status update for delinquent tax collections this past week.

  • Old jail for sale

    HILLSVILLE — An iconic landmark in the Town of Hillsville listed on the National Register of Historic Places is up for sale, and carries with it the prime location for any business or social endeavor.

    The Old Hillsville Jailhouse, just off Main Street, has served a wide variety of purposes over the years since its original construction in 1938.