Today's News

  • Galax sues drug makers

    The City of Galax and Giles County have initiated legal action against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in allegedly creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids like OxyContin.

  • Dugspur man charged with operating meth lab

    DUGSPUR – Serving outstanding warrants from 2017 resulted in Carroll County deputies filing additional charges and arresting a man from Dugspur after discovering that he was allegedly manufacturing illegal substances inside his home.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office reported that a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury indicted Ronald Eugene Dalton II after receiving evidence from deputies and members of the Twin County Drug Task Force who searched the residence on Silver Leaf Road on Sept. 27, 2017.

  • Flea market opens Friday in Hillsville

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — This weekend’s annual Labor Day Flea Market & Gun Show will transform Hillsville from a quiet town of 3,000 to one of the largest retail venues in the Southeast during the four-day holiday weekend.

    The event runs from Friday to Monday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

    The number of vendors of new, used and collectible stuff nearly equals the number of town residents — and attracts an estimated crowd of around half a million shoppers.

  • VDOT warns of heavy flea market traffic

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued alerts for heavy traffic congestion in Hillsville during the upcoming Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show.

    VDOT advises travelers to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun show to be prepared for considerable traffic delays. The event will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

    Travelers not attending are encouraged to avoid the area altogether, VDOT advised.

  • Pipers Gap chase ends in crash

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man eluding parole was caught Tuesday after crashing his vehicle on Pipers Gap Road near Cockerhams Loop at 10:55 a.m, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. T.S. Todd.

    Jordan Allen Alley, 18, was at the Galax probation and parole office when instructed to take a drug screening, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark. Instead, Alley fled on foot, but later was spotted driving a 2010 Chevrolet Aveo.

    The car’s owner had given permission to use the vehicle to go to his probation meeting, said the police.

  • City chooses new police chief

    DeWitt Cooper will be the Galax Police Department’s new chief, taking the position as current Chief Rick Clark steps down on Sept. 28, after nearly 17 years of service and more than 40 years total in law enforcement.

    Cooper is the former Tazewell Police Chief, and prior to that was chief of the Town of Warsaw.

    City Manager Keith Barker announced Cooper’s selection in a press release on Tuesday.

  • Blue Devils, Maroon Tide finish second

    RINER – Grayson County came in a close second last Thursday in a three-team golf played at Auburn Hills Golf Club in Riner.

    Homestanding Auburn finished first with a team total of 176 while the Blue Devils shot a 179 and third place Fort Chiswell a 195.

    Levi Lundy paced the Blue Devil attack with a 43. Trevor Hawks and Chase Hensdell both shot a 45, Sawyer Moxley a 46 and Jackson Moxley a 56.

    The Blue Devils will play a tri-match today (Monday) at New River Country Club in Sparta, N.C., against Auburn and Galax.


  • Grayson County runs past Trojans

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball, built a three-touchdown lead by the early stages of the second half and went on to open its season with a 28-7 nondistrict win over Alleghany (N.C.) Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Cavs open strong, taking 21-6 win from Patrick

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County Cavaliers left the stadium with an opening-night win under their belts after a 21-6 victory in a non-district challenge this past Friday against the Patrick County Cougars.

  • Tide battles, falls short

    When Galax made a change in direction with its offense in the offseason, coach Mark Dixon said the Maroon Tide was just looking for a different way to lose. Those words shouldn’t be taken too literally. Despite coming up short in its season opener, the Tide may have found a different way to win.