Today's News

  • 'King of the Hill' tournament brings community closer

    For the past five years, a basketball tournament in Galax has brought the community together for a day of fun and competition; and participants say it’s about far more than sports.

    The fifth annual King of the Hill Basketball Tournament took place July 28 at the Rosenwald Felts Community Center in Galax.

    Rayshawn Tucker, his wife Sarah and Whit Richardson put on the event each year.

    Basketball was the star attraction, though cornhole, free food and a run through sprinkling water provided by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department were also on order.

  • Contest winners will fill empty storefronts

    The City of Galax has found a unique way to fill downtown vacancies with new businesses — a business plan competition that will award prizes to entrepreneurs with the best ideas.

    Galax recently received $43,000 cash in Community Business Launch (CBL) awards from Gov. Ralph Northam to train entrepreneurs and conduct business plan competitions, primarily in downtown commercial districts. The award is from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

  • Court opens 14 sealed indictments


    INDEPENDENCE – Several sealed indictments have been opened in Grayson County Circuit Court after the suspects were arrested.

    The grand jury met July 27 and returned formal charges against 14 people for offenses involving animal fighting, firearms, drugs and other crimes.

    Those charged include:

    • Nora Ann Wright, 40, of Troutdale – possession of stolen property and felony child abuse or neglect.

  • Keepers pleads guilty to hiding body

    Staff Reports

    CHRISTIANSBURG — At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Natalie Keepers pleaded guilty to concealing the body of a teen near Galax, after the girl was killed by David Eisenhauer in 2016.

    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Md., will still stand trial in September for a charge of being an accessory to murder before the fact. She could face up to five years in prison on Tuesday’s concealment conviction, pending a pre-sentence report.

  • Seatbelt data reveals alarming trends

    The number of people ages 15 to 20 who died while not wearing seatbelts during motor vehicle crashes doubled in Virginia during January-June 30, compared to the same time period last year.

    Eighteen unrestrained fatalities have been recorded this year, compared to nine in 2017 and 10 in 2016 for the same six-month period.

  • Carroll looks at non-user fee options

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is working toward resolutions to several topics that have caused concerns for citizens, including the controversial non-user fee for county water service.

    After hearing from citizens upset about the fee at the past two consecutive meetings, supervisors brought up the issue again at the Aug. 13 meeting.

  • 2018 Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Winners of the 83rd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention included hometown heroes, regional favorites and musicians from several U.S. states; as well as a trio of international champions from Norway, Australia and Canada. The competition was held Aug. 6-11 in Felts Park, drawing an estimated crowd of 40,000 people over the week.

    Best All-Around Performer

    Aila Wildman — Floyd

    Old-Time Fiddle

    1. Aila Wildman - Floyd

    2. Mattias Thedens - Oslo, Norway

  • Helmick steps down from city council

    Ches Helmick made a surprise announcement on Monday that he had resigned, effective that day, from his position on the Galax City Council.

    Citing health reasons for this move, Helmick wrote in a letter to The Gazette that he is stepping back from numerous groups he serves, and cutting back on office hours in his Edward Jones financial planning business.

    He served on council for two years, half of his elected term.

  • IVFD adds heavy rescue vehicle to fleet

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department recently welcomed a new addition to its fleet of vehicles, which will allow members to haul equipment to assist with fires and car wrecks.

    The new vehicle is a 2003 Spartan Custom Heavy Rescue. The department purchased it from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Union Grove, Ala. The vehicle will replace a 1999 F-850, which will be sold to another department.

  • Artist signs new prints to benefit Allen House

    HILLSVILLE – A world renowned and locally esteemed artist is helping raise money to benefit the historic Sidna Allen House in Carroll County.

    P. Buckley Moss, an American artist who has displayed her appreciation for the rural scenery of Virginia in her artwork since early in her career, is the second artist this year to dedicate their time and efforts to generate funds to help with restoration efforts of the famous house off U.S. 52 in Hillsville.