Today's News

  • Galax names three to school board

    Two new members will join a returning incumbent on the Galax School Board on July 1, when new terms begin.

    Galax City Council requested letters of interest from citizens who wanted to fill the three spots, conducted interviews and recently announced the appointees.

    Ray Kohl, who serves as chairman currently, was reappointed for a another three-year term.

  • Motorcyclist airlifted after Route 89 crash

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on Route 89 at 6:25 p.m. on May 1 required one driver to be airlifted, according to Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson.

    A 2001 Ford Escort, driven by Hugh Ivan Bedsaul, 66, of Galax, was traveling south on 89 and giving a signal to turn right onto Mount Vale Road when another vehicle passed him, got in front of him, and slowed down sharply, Tilson said.

    Bedsaul hit his brakes and a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Charles Richard Duncan, 71, ran directly into the back of the Escort.

  • Lockdown drills prepare officers for the worst

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County public school system has partnered with local law enforcement in recent years to further develop and strengthen security measures for students’ well-being.

    In the interest of being prepared for worst case scenarios, a plan of action for any and all threats are consistently discussed. Such was the case for a recent lockdown drill that was held by the county’s tactical team at Grayson County High School.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns in Galax

    A single-vehicle accident on Meadow Street in Galax at 10:05 a.m. on Sunday left a tractor-trailer overturned and the driver with unknown injuries.

    The truck, northbound on Meadow towards U.S. 58, was found on its side.

    Marks in the ground apparently indicated it had skidded to a stop in front of a power pole. No further information was available on Sunday.

    Also responding were the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, the Galax Police Department, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Galax-Grayson EMS.

  • New faces join Galax, Hillsville councils

    In Tuesday’s Galax City Council election, newcomers led the ticket, reversing a trend that has seen incumbents come out on top; and in Hillsville, a challenger unseated an incumbent for a spot on town council.

    The Galax winners say their success is a combination of factors, most notably voters’ desire for new ideas and the candidates’ use of social media during the campaign.

  • CCHS student builds racing mower as tribute to deputy

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County student has respectfully created a memorial to honor the end of watch for a local hero.

    March marked one year since the tragic incident in which Carroll County Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett lost his life in the line of duty; and he made a lasting impression on the youth and many citizens.

    Community residents are keeping his memory alive in many different ways, but few as unique as Zack Schaefer’s.

  • Bowman to serve 25 years for meth trafficking

    ABINGDON — A Carroll County man convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

    Timothy Bowman, 46, of Cana, pleaded guilty last year to two charges related to his involvement in a methamphetamine distribution network. He was sentenced at a hearing April 24 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

  • Something To Do from 5/4/2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.
    • Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)
    • Rampage (PG-13)
    • Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (PG-13)

    Creekside Cinema, (336) 783-0001, 605 Bluemont Road, Mount Airy, N.C.
    No listings available at press time

    Marquee Cinema, (276) 228-9875, 187 Dominion Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382
    No listings available at press time


  • Gregory turns three


    Parker Gregory turned age 3 on Jan. 1 and celebrated his birthday at home with friends and family.Parker is the son of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory of Elk Creek. He is the grandson of Eddie and Brenda Ward of Independence and Frances Pierce of Brush Creek.

  • Court News from 4/25/2018

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: