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Today's News

  • Fishers Gap truck traffic causes concern

    By LARRY CHAMBERS & SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing at its May 10 meeting, regarding truck traffic on Fishers Gap Road.

    The hearing was set to receive public comments on a proposal to prohibit through truck traffic on Fishers Gap, south of Galax, with an alternate route on Edmonds Road and Route 89.

    Several truck drivers attended the meeting to listen to the comments, but none of them spoke.

  • No victim found after call about shots fired

    CANA – A frantic call from a Cana resident Monday evening caused local law enforcement to expect gunshot wound victims before arriving on the scene and uncovering the true nature of the incident.

    On May 21, Carroll Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported gunshot wound on Fish Lake Road in Cana.

  • Loose puppies caused crash, driver tells police

    Staff Report

    A Galax man told police that his six puppies had a hand, or a paw, in causing a single-vehicle crash on May 20, according to Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene at 6:56 p.m. on Pipers Gap Road, and freed Scott David Peterson, 59, and his six puppies from a Ford pickup they found overturned on its side, said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett.

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  • City could reverse flow on one-way Swanson Street

    The City of Galax is considering reversing the flow of traffic on one-way Swanson Street, near Galax Elementary School.

    Galax City Council has referred the proposal regarding the Swanson-MacArthur streets intersection to the Safety Traffic Commission.

    City Engineer Edwin Ward and City Manager Keith Barker have been in discussion with an engineering team to reverse the one-way flow on the street, changing it so that drivers would enter Swanson at its intersection with MacArthur and exit on Calhoun Street.

  • Grayson supervisors devise school budget plan

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – As the Grayson school system faces a $1 million dollar shortfall in revenue due to loss of student funding and an increase in insurance costs, the supervisors are devising a plan to meet the school board’s request for the county to contribute more than the minimum it its required to provide.

  • Galax receives $17.1M for school renovation

    The City of Galax received a $17.1 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week, to be used for the Galax Elementary School project.

    Of that total, $100,000 is for covering legal fees, consultant fees, advertising for the project and any other related costs, said City Manager Keith Barker.

    Coram Construction of North Carolina originally submitted a bid of $17.8 million; but with additional fees, including those listed above, the final amount was just shy of $20 million.

  • Turnout should have been better for city election

    I was fortunate enough to be able to vote in the May 8, 2018, race for members of the Galax City Council. I feel it is my duty as a citizen, and also my privilege.

    It may be more dear to me since I have also stood for election five times in my career as commonwealth’s attorney. While I am very grateful for all who turn out to vote each year, it troubles me that so few of our citizens make it a priority to vote in these local elections.

  • Horse loggers keep farming traditions alive

    The Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia are home to a great many traditions that preserve the old-fashioned lifestyles of those that first settled in the area.

    Last Saturday morning, residents, friends and family members in Carroll County celebrated the old ways by rounding up their horses for a log pull followed by a country-cooked meal.

  • Beasley pleads guilty to attempted murder of officer

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man has pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder of a Carroll County law enforcement officer and other crimes.

    Kevin Nelson Beasley, 28, of Austinville, was indicted by a Carroll grand jury on multiple charges related to a 2016 police chase and a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties.