Today's News

  • Tractor-trailers crash, burn on I-77

    FANCY GAP — A double tractor-trailer crash resulted in both northbound lanes of Interstate 77 being shut down on Friday, after both drivers were able to escape two cabs that were completely destroyed by fire.

    Virginia State Police responded to the incident, which was reported at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Friday at the 6.7 mile marker of I-77 near Fancy Gap.

  • Woodlawn property sold to Dollar General

    WOODLAWN – Dollar General has bought property in Woodlawn for a new store, according to the contractors who sold the lot along U.S. 58, across from Harmon’s.

    The 5-acre property, located at 5055 Carrollton Pike in Carroll County, was purchased from the Edwards family by Bowman-Griffin General Contractors LLC. The company, a partnership owned by Lowell Bowman and Todd Griffin, operates out of Christiansburg and provides licensed contracting services to surrounding areas since 2011.

  • Missing woman found, man charged with abduction

    Staff Report

    Christopher Adam Keen, 31, of Hillsville, has been arrested and charged with abduction, violation of a protective order and petit larceny, according to a report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    Keen was charged by Sgt. J.K. Poole and Officer Sara Martin after Stephanie Miranda Keen was reported missing by family and friends on Sept. 4.

  • Hillsville to rebury time capsule for 50 years

    HILLSVILLE – On Saturday, artifacts and mementos of the modern era will go into a time capsule to be reburied in Hillsville until 2068.

    The town’s last Classic Car Cruise-In and Summer Nights Concert of the season on Sept. 8 will mark a historical event, as the time capsule is returned to its original spot in front of former Carroll Drug on Main Street.

  • Grayson posts highest gains in state for SOL tests

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools celebrated another milestone in Standards of Learning (SOL) rankings this year, with the recent announcement that the school system achieved the highest rank gains in the state for the 2017-18 school year.

    According to Matt Hurt, director of the Comprehensive Instructional Program (CIP) — a consortium of public school divisions in the state that collaborate towards a shared goal of improved student achievements — the county’s pass rate this past year was 81.89 percent, up from 79.92 percent in 2016-17.

  • Something To Do from 9-7-2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • The Nun (R)

    • Slender Man (PG-13)

    • Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)

    • The Meg (PG-13)


  • Public Record from 9-5-2018

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.

    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 9/5/18

    Full up
    [A Galax business] on Stuart Drive needs a cleaner other than once a week. That’s not enough. Trash cans overflowing.

    History lesson

  • Mascot makes devilish debut

    INDEPENDENCE ― At the game against the Alleghany Trojans on Aug. 24, the Grayson County Blue Devils football team was joined on the field by none other than the Blue Devil himself.

    The new mascot made his first public debut, donning a Grayson Blue Devils football jersey and carrying a flag bearing the message “Go Blue!”

    Throughout the game, he trotted along the base of the bleachers, giving hugs to younger fans, dancing along to the band as they played and participating with the cheerleading squad as they chanted messages of team spirit.

  • Galax arrests involve drugs, assault

    Staff Report

    Arrests in the past week involved assault and marijuana distribution, according to police reports.

    A Galax man was arrested Aug. 30 and charged with felony aggravated assault.

    Officer Tyler Houk was dispatched along with Galax-Grayson EMS to a city residence and discovered a female suffering from injuries that required treatment, according to a Galax Police Department report.