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Today's News

  • Schools get resource officer grants

    Grants recently awarded a combined total of nearly $200,000 to Galax, Carroll and Grayson, to fund school resource officer (SRO) positions.

    Grayson County will add two new officers and retain one, Galax will add one officer and Carroll will use the money to retain three officers.

    The state Criminal Justice Services Board awarded a total of 87 grants to 53 localities throughout Virginia in May, totaling at $3.47 million.

  • New Virginia laws in effect

    The Virginia General Assembly passed 1,900 bills during this year’s session, and hundreds of them became law on July 1.

    One of the most high-profile changes to state law is that you now have to be 21 years old to buy tobacco or nicotine products, including cigarettes and vape devices. There’s an exception for those with a valid military ID, who will still be able to buy cigarettes at age 18.

    That law has received a lot of attention, but did you know that if you keep your rooster on a leash, you could now have it confiscated by police?

  • Local schools honored for continuous improvement

    Staff Report

    The state Board of Education has recognized schools in Grayson County, Carroll County and Galax for continuous improvement.

    The local schools recognized were among 183 that earned the Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award. The recognition program replaces the Virginia Index of Performance recognition program.

    Local schools recognized include:

    • Carroll County: Fancy Gap Elementary, Hillsville Elementary and St. Paul School;

    • Galax: Galax Elementary and Galax High; and

  • Reader's Hotline 7/1/19

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  • GHS seniors help hometown

    Galax High School students showed off their senior projects at the April and May meetings of the Galax School Board, detailing their various community improvement efforts.

    In April, Maya Young and Anna Hix’s senior project was a winter coat drive, which they said they chose because drives for food and toiletries were already very prevalent. They said they discovered through research that people of color and women are likelier to live in poverty.

  • Pursuit ends with drug bust

    Local officers joined a vehicle pursuit earlier last week that resulted in felony drug trafficking charges and the arrest of a fugitive wanted in North Carolina.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that on June 26 at approximately 12:30 p.m., his office received a call from the Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office saying that their deputies had attempted to serve a felony drug trafficking warrant at the Dollar General Store, and their suspect had fled the scene in a white 1998 Range Rover.

  • Volvo to add 777 jobs

    DUBLIN — In what is being touted as one of the largest economic development announcement in Southwest Virginia history, Volvo Trucks plans to invest nearly $400 million to expand its Dublin plant and hire an additional 800 workers.

  • Galax School Board accepts resignations

    Several personnel changes came out of the Galax City School Board’s annual closeout meeting last Thursday night, as several staff members’ resignations were formally recognized, new staff were hired and some employees were reassigned.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kristie Legg, Galax Elementary Principal Emily Boyles, Galax Elementary Assistant Principal Kristen Quesenberry, GES teacher Erika Hill, Galax High School teacher and girls basketball coach Howard Mayo and GHS nurse Esther Ledford’s letters of resignation were all recognized.

  • Carroll to hold more closed meetings to interview candidates

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will be holding a called meeting on July 1 to make announcements concerning the interview process for hiring a new chief administrative officer.

  • Galax arrests involve drugs, grand larceny

    Staff Report

    The Galax Police Department reported three recent arrests involving drugs, fraud and grand larceny.

    On June 20, Officer Adam Newman responded to the Galax Department of Social Services for a larceny report.

    According to a police report, after a brief investigation, Brittany N. Williams, 19, of Galax was charged with possession of a controlled substance, one count of credit card theft, one count of credit card fraud and two counts of petit larceny.

    She is being held at the New River Regional Jail with no bond.