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  • Galax receives grant for new police cars

    Staff Report

    The City of Galax will receive a grant of $25,000 and loan of $23,700 to purchase two new police vehicles.

    The money is part of $844,100 in federal grants and loans provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development.

  • Grayson names top teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board recently recognized each of the seven individual schools’ Teacher of the Year winners, as well as the division winner who is now eligible to compete for the state title in 2020.

    The 2018-19 division winner is Lisa Fleming, a third grade teacher at Fairview Elementary. She began teaching in Grayson in 2002 at the former Baywood School. She has 35 years of teaching experience.

  • Galax honored for zero fatalities

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles commended the City of Galax and 19 other Virginia localities that reported zero traffic fatalities in 2018 at a ceremony May 22.

    “Making this list is no easy feat, and I salute these 20 cities and counties for saving lives by dedicating countless hours to enforcement and outreach efforts,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the governor’s Highway Safety Representative.

  • Kohl steps down as tourism director

    After nine years as Galax’s tourism director, Ray Kohl is retiring.

    Kohl, who has lived in Galax for 26 years, says, “I’ll still be active in things around town. I’ll be on the school board [where he serves as chairman] another couple years, and we’ll see after that. And I’ll try to help things that go on in the community.

  • Rodeo rides into Galax this weekend

    Last year’s rodeo in Galax’s Felts park was so good it won an award. This weekend, it’s back again.

    The Oakland Ruritan Club will host a two-day rodeo on Friday and Saturday, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. nightly.

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  • July 4 Parades & Activities 2019

    Parades, fireworks, music and a rubber duck race are just a few of the Fourth of July events set for Thursday in the Twin Counties. Here’s your guide to Independence Day fun:


    Galax’s parade on Main Street begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks set for 10 p.m.

  • 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