Today's News

  • APCo announces $40M Galax project

    Staff Report

    Appalachian Power will host an open house next month to seek public input on proposed electric upgrades in Galax.

    The $40 million Glendale Area Improvements Project, announced last week, is designed to strengthen the transmission system in Carroll and Wythe counties. The improvements will reduce the likelihood of power outages during high demand periods, APCo said in a news release.

  • BBQ competition will heat up this weekend

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Galax are firing up the grill as they place the final touches on the 14th Annual Smoke on the Mountain State BBQ Competition, to be held Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.

    This year’s event will feature street vendors of all stripes, including commercial and service representatives, as well as local craft and food vendors.

  • Citizens speak out against rising utility rates

    INDEPENDENCE — Citizens at a public hearing last month expressed concerns about the Town of Independence’s water and sewer rate increases, which took effect July 1.

    Independence Town Council increased charges for water by 22 percent and sewer by 50 percent.

    During the public hearing, two citizens signed up to speak.

    The first, Evelyn Hughes, asked council why the rates were going up so much.

  • Shooting suspect in custody

    Staff Reports

    FRIES — A suspect is in custody following a shooting Saturday night near Fenders Curve in Grayson County.

    John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn, was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, after officers say he was involved in a confrontation that resulted in a man being shot in the arm.

  • Shooting suspect in custody

    FRIES - A suspect is in custody following a shooting Saturday night near Fenders Curve in Grayson County.

    The incident reportedly occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the area of the low water bridge in Fries.
    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department reports that the victim, who was shot in the arm, is in stable condition after being flown to Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
    John Ford Gilliam, 47, of Woodlawn is charged with malicious wounding.
    No other details are available at this time.

  • Car crashes through front of UPS Store

    On Wednesday at 2:25 p.m., a driver crashed into the front of the UPS Store on East Stuart Drive in Galax when she mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brakes, according to an accident report issued by the Galax Police Department.

    A 2006 Nissan Sentra driven by Teresa M. Combs, 65, of Galax, was pulling into a parking space in front of the UPS Store when she hit the gas pedal and drove through the plate glass storefront, ending with her car partly inside the building.

  • Grayson court commended by state

    INDEPENDENCE — The office of the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk was recently commended following an audit of activity between April 1, 2017 through March 31.

    According to an official letter from the Auditor of Public Accounts, no issues involving internal control or the office’s operations were found during the audit.

  • Man arrested in Hillsville a suspect in Florida homicide

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — A vehicle pursuit in Hillsville on July 8 lead to the discovery of a homicide in Florida.

    Police in Florida say it appears Matthew A. Barber, 49, of Orange City, Fla., “wanted to get caught,” based on his actions.

    Lt. Jason Sampsell of the Orange City Police Department told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Barber “practically confessed, saying ‘I murdered someone in Florida, here is the address.’”

  • Landmark Group strikes deal with Carroll IDA to refurbish Woodlawn School

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — A real estate firm has entered into an agreement with the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to refurbish and repurpose the former Woodlawn School for apartments.

    The county and state officials announced the nearly $10 million project this week.

    The county closed the school in 2013, but it has operated as a community center since then.

  • Readers Hotline 7/11/18

    Doesn’t work
    Please stop writing return to sender on junk mail. It does not go back to the sender.

    Unhappy meal
    Seventy years old is closer to me than 60 years old and in all my years, I have never seen a more uninviting, cold, hard, uglier McDonald’s restaurant than the newly remodeled one at I-77. We heard they are going to redo the one in Galax the same way. We are really disappointed. Whoever designed that restaurant is just so disappointing.