Today's News

  • Juvenile shot with BB gun at rec center

    Staff Report

    On May 31, the Galax Police Department responded to Felts Park after being notified that a female juvenile had been shot with a BB gun, according to a report released by Chief Rick Clark.

    Responding officers detained Vernon Davis Bailey, 18, of Suffolk, in the grandstand area. Sgt. Jody Poole charged Bailey with felony assault after the event was investigated.

    Bailey was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail and held without bond pending his arraignment in Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

  • After wrecks, police urge caution in work zone

    Efforts to promote road safety by repaving sections of East Stuart Drive in Galax resulted in two accidents last week, due to increased traffic congestion and driver error.

    A crash on May 24 on East Stuart left glass and vehicle debris across both westbound lanes of the highway after the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 was struck from behind at a speed of approximately 25-35 mph, according to a police report.

  • City vehicle involved in crash

    Staff Report

    A two-vehicle accident on East Stuart Drive at 1:38 p.m. on May 24 left one driver with minor injuries, according to a Galax police report.

    A 2001 Dodge Dakota owned by the City of Galax and driven by Barney Bradford Holder Jr., 51, of Galax, was traveling from Waugh Drive to Mountain View Avenue when it pulled out in front of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruise, driven by Caitlin Nicole Patton, 19, also of Galax, which was traveling west on E. Stuart Drive.

    The Dodge was hit by the Chevrolet.

  • Cruz on mission to support church outreach

    When she was 9 years old, Jackie Cruz of Galax saw children in Africa who were in need, in a video shown at her church.

    She decided that she needed to do something to help them, and the local missionaries traveling to Zambia.

    Now, four years later, the fundraising yard sale Cruz founded is still going strong.

    First Baptist Church of Galax is holding a name-your-price yard sale at its Spanish-speaking Meadow Street location on Saturday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Small items will be paid as the buyer sees fit; larger items will have a price.

  • Patton to retire as GCHS principal

    INDEPENDENCE — After two years serving as principal of Grayson County High School, Robbie Patton has announced that he will retire at the end of the school year.
    In a letter to the school, Patton cited that his reasons for retiring from the position are in the interest of his family; and that he plans to explore a new calling in the near future.
    “Being a secondary school principal has been the most challenging and rewarding job I have ever had the privilege of holding,” Patton said in his letter.

  • Paying Our Respects
  • Shortage may lead to Baywood School closure

    INDEPENDENCE — In a statement on social media to parents on Wednesday evening, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore announced that their budget’s shortfall for the 2018-19 school year, in addition to other factors, has led the schools to consider one of three options, the most probable of the three being to close Baywood Elementary School before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
    The other proposed options were to close Fairview Elementary School, or to cut seven positions and seven programs at the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center. 

  • Something To Do from June 1-3, 2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Book Club (PG-13)

    • Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

    • Deadpool 2 (R)


  • Court News from May 30-31, 2018

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.

    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in January in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Something To Do from 5-25-2018


    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

    • Deadpool 2 (R)

    • Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)