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Today's News

  • 7-year-old raises money for kids in need

    A lot of people can say they’ve raised money for charity, but how many can say they’ve managed to pull in $5,120 before they hit second grade?

    Connor Boyles, 7, a Galax Elementary School first-grader and the son of GES Principal Emily Boyles, ran in the Rock’N’Roll Marathon Series on Sept. 1 and did just that.

  • School board considers 6th grade wrestling

    INDEPENDENCE — At the November meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed some ideas to promote and support extracurricular activities.

    Wilmore began by outlining a plan to place a four-lane track around the former Baywood Elementary School building, for students and community members to enjoy. He explained to the board that the track would utilize acreage in front of and around the side of the building.

    Wilmore told the board that the school system is looking into grant funding opportunities to pay for the project.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • County seizes printing company's assets

    HILLSVILLE – After two years of working with a local screen-printing business that was unable to meet the terms of a state grant it received, Carroll County has seized the company’s assets as collateral.

    After a Carroll County Industrial Development Authority review, Classic Creations was found to be unable to fulfill the obligations resulting from a performance agreement that was issued along with a Virginia Tobacco Commission grant that the IDA secured for the company in November 2015.

  • Veterans honored in Galax

    Members from all branches of the military came together to celebrate Veterans Day in a half-hour ceremony at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial in Galax on Sunday.

    Speakers included Steven Combs, who serves as deputy commissioner from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and Ken Wiseman, a commander in the VFW. Prayers were offered by the Rev. Ed Paisley and Tommy Nichols, chaplain of VFW Post 7726, with U.S.

  • Passenger jumps from tractor-trailer after brakes fail

    FANCY GAP – Tuesday morning, the Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Interstate 77 involving two Freightliner tractor-trailers, during which the passenger of one vehicle exited while it was still in motion, just seconds before the crash.

  • Quilts of Valor

    INDEPENDENCE — The Quilts of Valor Foundation presented handmade quilts to several local veterans, during a special ceremony at the Historic 1908 Courthouse auditorium in Independence on Saturday, Nov. 10.
    In honor of Veterans Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11, the quilts, which were hand-made by members of the foundation, were given as a symbol of support, comforting and healing, “to honor the veterans who have been touched by war,” said Carolyn Patton of the foundation.