Today's News

  • Pedestrian hit by car in Galax

    Staff Report

    A Fries man was hit by a car at approximately 4:55 p.m. on Sunday while crossing the road in the 500 block of East Stuart Drive, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

  • Readers Hotline 5/30/18

    Bring it back
    For the person who stole my purple metal hummingbird off of my mailbox post, I wanted to say thank you. I really hope you enjoy it. By the way, it was a gift from my grandkids and if you have a heart, you will bring it back and put it back where it belongs.

    Here’s your wallet

  • Woodlawn man dies in crash

    Staff Report

    State police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred over Memorial Day weekend in Grayson County.

    According to a Virginia State Police report, the crash occurred May 27 at 6:15 p.m. on Route 94, less than a mile east of Route 640.

    A 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Michael D. Hudson, 50, of Woodlawn, was traveling west on 94 when it ran off the left side of the highway and overturned, the report said.

    Hudson was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

  • Readers Hotline 5/28/18

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  • Galax police chief retiring

    After 42 years in law enforcement, both for the city of Galax and Carroll County, Chief Rick Clark is set to retire at the end of September.

    “I’m ready,” he admits. “I’ve been on call since I was promoted to detective in 1980.”

    His successor is being advertised for now, and will be vetted by city council, City Manager Keith Barker and the city’s human resources department. Applications are being reviewed by the Virginia Association of Police Chiefs. The final decision to hire will come from council.

  • Ducks run amok in city

    Rubber duck-related crimes are on the rise, says Assistant Fire Chief Mark Burnett, and these foul fowl will stop at nothing — tax evasion, jaywalking, cruelty to lawn flamingoes — in their quest to take over the City of Galax.

    Burnett, retired last year from the Galax Police Department, has a long career in criminal justice backing his claims up; and thankfully is just the man to handle the problem without ruffling too many feathers.

  • Two airlifted after crash

    Staff Reports

    Two people were airlifted from Wolf Pen Ridge Road off Pipers Gap Road in Carroll County on Friday night after rolling a Camaro, according to Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department reported that it responded with Pipers Gap Rescue to the single-vehicle crash at 8:21 p.m. on May 25. One person was ejected from the vehicle, and the fire department had to remove the second, who was pinned inside.

    Two AirCare helicopters were called in to transport the patients for treatment.

  • City puts brakes on truck ordinance

    Galax City Council had considered an ordinance to prohibit truckers from using “jake brakes” — mechanisms that allow for fast braking by releasing compression from the engine, creating a loud noise — but are now pursuing an alternate course of action.

    Council held a public hearing on the proposal at its May 14 meeting,

    Travis Haynes, voted onto council in the May 1 election, was the only citizen to speak. He takes office on July 1.

  • Galax to hold public hearings on school, city budgets

    Galax City Council has set May 29 as the public hearing date for both the city budget and the Galax City Public Schools budget.

    The meeting will be held, uncharacteristically, on a Tuesday night, as Monday is Memorial Day and the city offices will be closed.

    Both budgets are still somewhat in limbo, as the Virginia General Assembly has not come to a decision on the commonwealth’s budget.

    The state legislature is legally required to pass a budget before July 1.

  • In praise of public servants

    Many people who spend their careers in public service consider it more a calling than a profession.

    Teachers, for instance, are not drawn to the classroom for the pay or benefits. Quite the contrary. Many spend their lives working with children despite the hardship it inflicts on their bank accounts.