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Today's News

  • Grayson students enjoy Highlands hike

    Independence Elementary School’s third grade class was treated to an educational field day near the end of the school year, to Grayson Highlands State Park. The students were instructed by Ranger Lee. Students hiked the two-mile Cabin Creek Trail. The ponies welcomed them by walking right up to the group. The third grade class teachers who arranged the field day included Katrina Young, and Christine Vance. The students were given brown bag lunches provided by the IES cafeteria staff. James Halsey, the bus driver, transported the group to and from the park.

  • Independence names new town manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council and town and county administrators joined together last week to welcome Reid Walters, who will be taking on the role of Independence Town Manager.
    Walters will replace Jerry Hughes, who announced his retirement earlier this year. While Hughes planned to leave the position in January, he stayed with the town to assist with the responsibilities until a new town manager was selected from the pool of applications.

  • Three arrested in Galax

    Three individuals were arrested in Galax last week in separate incidents, one of which resulted in the alleged assault of a police officer.
    Kalon G. McLaurin, 22, of Galax, was arrested on June 11 by Capt. James Cox for public intoxication, obstruction of justice and assault on a police officer.
    According to a police report, Cox responded to a report of an intoxicated male harassing employees of the Galax Motel. Upon arresting McLaurin for being intoxicated, the report says he actively resisted arrest and assaulted Cox, who was not injured in the incident.

  • Sutherland to retire from Galax schools

    Bill Sutherland, Galax City Schools’ director of CTE, testing and assessment, announced his retirement at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    “I just wanted to say, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunities that you’ve given me,” Sutherland said. “I’ve been really blessed here at Galax, and I’m just thankful for great people like you.”
    Visibly tearing up, he added, “I’m more emotional than I thought.”

  • Budget has money for 7 of 8 schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — After discussing the final details at a recent workshop, the Grayson County School Board approved an amended budget in the amount of $21.3 million at its regular meeting on June 11.
    The spending plan includes funds for only seven of Grayson’s eight schools.
    At the budget workshop June 5, Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said, “this has been a most difficult budget to prepare because of the lack of funds.”

  • Carnival coming to Galax next week

    The Galax Fire Department’s annual carnival is coming to Felts Park next week, from June 19-23.
    Rides and attractions will be provided by Michaels Amusements; gates open every evening at 5 p.m. with the carnival and bingo starting at 6 p.m.; bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing.
    Bingo games will offer a 50 percent payout, with a $1,000 championship game on Saturday night for qualifying players. Additionally, there will be a $300 cash drawing at 11 p.m. each night with one entry per paid adult ticket.

  • Hillsville PD receives funding for advanced equipment

    HILLSVILLE – Police Chief Wesley Yonce and Town Manager Retta Jackson announced Thursday that the Hillsville Police Department (HPD) received two separate grants during the month of May.
    First, the Hillsville Police Department has received a Walmart Foundation Community Grant in the amount of $2,120, to assist in the purchase of officer safety equipment. HPD partnered with the local Walmart Supercenter in Galax in the application process to successfully obtain these funds.

  • Cruisin & Groovin' in Hillsville

    Classic cars and music were the forefront of a recent Cruise-In celebration in downtown Hillsville.

  • GHS let down by Lift Life

    The Lift Life Foundation has said it will not fund the Curtis Bartlett Fitness Center at Galax High School, according to School Superintendent Bill Sturgill at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    Lift Life is a nonprofit organization of Bodybuilding.com. The nonprofit’s mission is to upgrade high schools’ weight rooms with state of the art equipment so students can improve their fitness levels.

  • Parents question Baywood closure

    BAYWOOD — Since announcing last month that Baywood Elementary School might close due to lack of funding for the fiscal year 2018-19 budget, school leaders have been inundated with questions from concerned citizens.

    To address as many concerns as possible, the school board held a community meeting in the Baywood Elementary auditorium on June 6; and the result was a full house.