Today's News

  • Longest time in history without federal minimum wage increase

    Holly Sklar is the CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of business owners and executives who believe a fair minimum wage makes good business sense.

    There are a lot of records that would be great to break. This isn’t one of them: June 16 marked the longest period in history without an increase since the federal minimum wage was established in 1938.

  • Clinic chosen for telehealth program

    LAUREL FORK – Tri-Area Community Health Center in Laurel Fork has been selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host a Connected Care pilot program that will support telehealth for low-income Americans living in rural areas, including health care services to veterans.

    The clinic was the stage for a press conference on Wednesday with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, representatives from Gov. Ralph Northam’s office and local officials to announce the $100 million project.

  • Locals among 191 indicted in meth bust

    Staff Report

    A Patrick County special grand jury has returned more than 650 indictments on 191 individuals, including a number from Carroll County.

    In a news release, Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said the indictments were the result of a large-scale undercover narcotics operation, led by his office, that spanned nearly two years.

    The grand jury convened on June 6 and 7 to certify formal charges, most of which are for distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, along with several firearms charges related to drug distribution.

  • Galax receives nearly $1 million in grants

    Staff Report

    The City of Galax has received three grant awards totaling approximately $500,000, according to a news release from the city.

    Mount Rogers Planning District Commission awarded $100,000 for the construction of water and wastewater infrastructure in the Galax Bottom Area Neighborhood Eastview Revitalization project, taking place near Meadow and Eastview streets. This grant will be matched to other state grant funds received from the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Reader's Hotline 6/19/19

    Pothole report
    When is the City of Galax going to repair the road where Fox Run Drive and Prospect Drive meet? It has been torn up since last winter and it has huge potholes and it has to be totally repaired.

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  • GMS adds resource officer

    Staff Reports

    A state grant will pay for a new resource officer at Galax Middle School, the school system announced this week.

    The Galax Police Department has two SROs in place now — Vickie Taylor at Galax High School and Fred Bobbitt at Galax Elementary.

    The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is providing a $26,750 grant to establish a part-time school resource officer (SRO) at the middle school.

  • Friends raise money for crash victim's daughters

    The staff of Creek Bottom Brewing Company in Galax is raising money to help the children of the late Ashley Lanier, according to Caci Higgins, one of Lanier’s former coworkers.

    Anyone who would like to donate can do so at the GoFundMe link listed below; at the Ashley Lanier Fund set up by Creek Bottom Brewing, at any Skyline National Bank location; at both Creek Bottom Brewing locations in Galax and at the Go with the Flow Music & Brewfest in Fries this Saturday.

  • O'Quinn wins 5th District nomination

    In the Republican primary on June 11, Israel O’Quinn won the party’s nomination to seek a fifth two-year term as the 5th District representative in the Virginia House of Delegates.

    O’Quinn won 77.2% of the votes, defeating challenger Michael “Oz” Osborne, who received 22.7%. In total votes, the incumbent received 2,450 and Osborne received 721.

  • Bolt runs for fifth term as Grayson commissioner

    INDEPENDENCE — Larry Bolt has confirmed that he will seek re-election for a fifth term as commissioner of revenue for Grayson County.

    Bolt, a Republican, has completed the necessary paperwork with the Grayson County Voter Registrar’s Office. He will be on the ballot in the Nov. 5 general election; so far he is unopposed.

    “I enjoy what we do here, and I’d like to see us continue on,” Bolt said in an interview with the newspaper.

    Bolt was first elected as commissioner in November 2003 and began serving on Jan. 1, 2004.

  • Austinville man charged with narcotics possession

    Staff Report

    On June 10, Officer Tyler Houk conducted a traffic stop on East Grayson Street in Galax.

    After speaking with the driver and a brief investigation, David Lee Glass, 21, of Austinville, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

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