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Today's News

  • 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.

  • CBD and THC-A oil dispensaries set to open across Va.

    Capital News Service and Staff Reports

    Virginians with a doctor’s recommendation soon will have access to CBD and THC-A oil dispensaries throughout the state. The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has approved five companies to open the dispensaries — one in each of the commonwealth’s five health service areas.

    Dharma Pharmaceuticals will open a dispensary in Bristol, which will serve Southwest Virginia, including patients in the Twin Counties.

  • Galax School Board approves budget

    The Galax City School Board approved the fiscal year 2020 budget at the April 9 meeting.

    The budget includes a 3 percent raise for all faculty and staff members.

    “You know, really, it’s probably one of the best budgets we’ve had in 10 years,” said Schools Superintendant Bill Sturgill, further describing it as “solid.”

  • Five suspects arrested in homicide case

    Staff Reports

    Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff Steve C. Hiatt has confirmed five arrests in connection with the discovery of a body on Watershed Road in Surry County on April 3.

    The kidnapping and homicide investigation has involved police in Grayson and Carroll counties, as well as Surry County and Alleghany County, N.C.