Today's News

  • DUI driver crashes into parked car

    HILLSVILLE – Hillsville Police Department responded to a vehicle incident on Saturday night after receiving reports that a driver had crashed at high speed into a vehicle parked on South Main Street.

    According to the incident report, a 2008 Kia Optima, driven by Michael Jay Williams, 52, of Hillsville, was discovered with substantial damages.

  • State rolls out new inspection stickers

    RICHMOND – The Virginia State Police Safety Division is rolling out a newly-designed vehicle safety approval inspection sticker that now includes a traffic safety message.

    According to the agency, newly designed stickers were effective Jan. 1, 2019, and all certified Virginia inspection stations began issuing the sticker, which has been reduced from 2.75 inches in height to 2 inches and from 4 inches in length to 3 inches.

  • With road reopened, vet clinic back home

    The Galax Veterinary Clinic has returned to its home location at 300 East Stuart Drive, according to clinic office manager Sandy Hash, who said everything was moved back in on Monday.

    The clinic had been operating temporarily out of a location on Glendale Road, with some services sent to Mount Airy (N.C.) Animal Medical Services. The move was prompted by flooding last October, which caused a mudslide from Stockyard Road above the clinic.

  • Grayson sweeps Indians

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County girls’ basketball team has had its share of close games this season, only to taste defeat in the end.

    But this wasn’t the case last Friday night.

    The Blue Devils battled from behind to take the lead in the third quarter and fought off Rural Retreat in the fourth period to pick up a 37-30 Mountain Empire District victory on their home floor.

    Grayson County (2-6, 2-13) fell behind early and trailed the Indians 10-7 after the first period.

  • Galax pulls away from Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– Trailing by a point with less than six minutes to play, Galax closed the game on a 24-6 run and pulled away from Carroll County to score a 58-41 nondistrict win Friday night.

  • Galax rallies past Carroll

    HILLSVILLE –– Seeing her first action since breaking a finger and missing five games, Galax point guard Ashlyn Brady took the court Friday night at Carroll County wearing an unwieldy-looking brace on her hand. Fortunately for Galax, it was her non-shooting hand.

  • Readers Hotline 1/21/19

    Cost questions
    I was wondering if someone could answer a couple of questions for me. How much has been spent by the Democrats investigating Donald Trump’s charges and where do they think the $5 billion would go if we did build a wall? I feel like it would go directly back into the American economy and it would be a good thing. We need it.

  • Galax man convicted of mall arson

    WYTHEVILLE — A Galax man has been convicted of arson for setting a fire that destroyed the abandoned Fort Chiswell Outlet Mall in April 2018.

    Logan Scott Parks, 19, is one of three people from the Twin Counties charged in the incident, along with Anthony Jerome Sawyers, 26, of Woodlawn and Breanna Faith Hodge, 18, of Galax.

    Parks pleaded no contest to the felony arson charge at a hearing Jan. 16 in Wythe County Circuit Court and was convicted. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

  • City will lease new police cars

    Galax City Council approved leasing police cruisers from Enterprise Fleet Management instead of purchasing them at the Jan. 13 meeting.

    As presented by Police Chief DeWitt Cooper, the cost of leasing is slightly higher than that of owning, but will allow four new cruisers to be added, while the existing cruisers that were oldest and most in need of repairs can be auctioned off.

  • Parkway volunteers can’t work during shutdown

    As the federal shutdown continues, volunteers from Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway are gearing up for maintenance work on the national park as soon as government reopens.

    Last week, Audrey Pearson, executive director of the Friends group, said the organization and its partners had asked that volunteers refrain from working on the parkway during the shutdown, even though they are not federal employees.