https://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Wanted man captured after chase, crash https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/wanted-man-captured-after-chase-crash <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/burke.jpg" alt="Travis Burke" title="Travis Burke" align="left" hspace="6" width="49" height="85" /><p> The Carroll County Sheriff&rsquo;s Department caught a Hillsville man at 11:30 p.m. on Monday just outside Galax after a high-speed chase, according to Carroll County Deputy Josh Bowers.</p> <p> Bowers and Carroll Deputy Jeremiah Foutch were on the lookout for Travis Burke, 37, who was wanted on a felony warrant for grand larceny of a motor vehicle.</p> Students banned from dance after posting racist sign https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/students-banned-dance-after-posting-racist-sign <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carroll_county_schools.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="87" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; Two students at Carroll County High School have been barred from attending this year&rsquo;s homecoming after their social media post showed them holding a racially offensive sign.</p> <p> The photo spread quickly on social media, causing outrage among many people posting about it Tuesday night.</p> <p> The sign was part of a new trend among highschoolers, who are sending &ldquo;promposals,&rdquo; photos or videos extending an invitation to prom (or in this case, a homecoming dance) to their desired date.</p> GES Report Card https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/ges-report-card <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cafeteria.jpg" alt="Galax Middle School Principal Justin Iroler (left) and Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill in the new cafeteria space at Galax Elementary, which used to be the gym. A new, regulation-size gym is being constructed." title="Galax Middle School Principal Justin Iroler (left) and Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill in the new cafeteria space at Galax Elementary, which used to be the gym. A new, regulation-size gym is being constructed." align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> Yancey Powers of architectural firm WM2A led the Galax School Board on a tour of the construction at Galax Elementary School before their Sept. 10 meeting.</p> <p> Highlights of the $17 million renovation and expansion project included the new regulation-size gym with fold-out bleachers on one side that can hold 200-plus spectators; a generous-sized music room and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) rooms; the new cafeteria (formerly the old gym); and the kitchen, which boasts, among other things, a freezer with three times the capacity of the old one.</p> Tractor-trailers wreck in separate Carroll incidents https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/tractor-trailers-wreck-separate-carroll-incidents <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/virginia_state_police_logo_3.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> Two tractor-trailer accidents last weekend fortunately left no injuries, but caused a total of about $18,500 in public property damage, according to reports filed by Virginia State Trooper C.H. Campbell.</p> <p> An accident on Faddis Hill in the Woodlawn community of Carroll County at 5 a.m. on Sept. 6 resulted in a fuel spill.</p> Homicide suspect scolded for outburst https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/homicide-suspect-scolded-outburst <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/codie_fletcher_mug.jpg" alt="Codie Fletcher" title="Codie Fletcher" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; An outburst in the courtroom during a preliminary hearing for a murder charge caused tempers to flare on Sept. 6.</p> <p> The exchange was between murder suspect Codie Nathanial Fletcher and family members of the victim, Alexandra Dare Taylor, 20. The suspect shouted to her family members as he left the courtroom, claiming he didn&rsquo;t kill Taylor.</p> Anderson served as firefighter for 55 years https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/anderson-served-firefighter-55-years <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/courtesyshirleyanderson.jpg" alt="Fielden H.“Tater” Anderson" title="Fielden H.“Tater” Anderson" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> If you referred to the late, beloved Fielden H. Anderson, who passed away Sept. 8 at age 86, by that name, you&rsquo;d get a puzzled look. Few in Galax would have known who you meant.</p> <p> If, however, you called him &ldquo;Tater,&rdquo; the nickname that served him since birth, confusion would dissolve into a grin. Following that, there&rsquo;d be chuckles and stories about him that went on and on for hours, especially from his fellow Galax Volunteer Fire Department firefighters.</p> Police hold neighborhood cookout https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/police-hold-neighborhood-cookout <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/courtesy1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="90" height="85" /><p> You might see some police officers holding a cookout in your neighborhood if you live in Galax, and if so, chances are you&rsquo;re invited.</p> <p> As shown here on Sunday afternoon at the Rosenwald-Felts School, the Galax Police Department is using a grant from Walmart to create low-key, fun events that will help the police and community come together and get to know one another better.</p> <p> About 40 people showed up for this one, according to Chief DeWitt Cooper.</p> Police, social workers team up in Grayson https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/police-social-workers-team-grayson <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dss_gcso.jpg" alt="Grayson County Department of Social Services and the Grayson County Sheriffs Office representatives at the Fries Recreation Center. From left are Kristin Shumate, director of Grayson DSS; Amber Blair, Family Services Specialist with Grayson DSS; Sgt. Mico Davis, investigator for the sheriff’s office; and Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan." title="Grayson County Department of Social Services and the Grayson County Sheriffs Office representatives at the Fries Recreation Center. From left are Kristin Shumate, director of Grayson DSS; Amber Blair, Family Services Specialist with Grayson DSS; Sgt. Mico Davis, investigator for the sheriff’s office; and Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> The Grayson County Department of Social Services and the Grayson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office have partnered to provide a community outreach program in the more remote areas of the county.</p> <p> This comes as a result of a community needs assessment and interest from the citizens of the Wilson and Providence districts.</p> <p> Grayson County supervisors Thomas Revels and Mike Hash were proactive in coordinating these efforts.</p>