https://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Firefighters rescue 30 cats from fire https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/firefighters-rescue-30-cats-fire <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/catsofwaugh.jpeg" alt="The regional animal shelter in Galax is housing the 27 uninjured cats for now. Three with injuries are at Healing Springs Animal Hospital." title="The regional animal shelter in Galax is housing the 27 uninjured cats for now. Three with injuries are at Healing Springs Animal Hospital." align="left" hspace="6" width="142" height="85" /><p> Two people and 30 cats are safe, though with some injury, after a house fire on Waugh Drive at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the blaze.</p> <p> When the door was opened, they &ldquo;took off running,&rdquo; said a firefighter. The owners kept a list of all 30 cats, and were able to account for each of them after the fire.</p> <p> The fire was electrical in origin and started from a fusebox, sweeping towards the porch and engulfing the front of the house, owned by Conley Kyle and rented by Bobby and Carolyn Lambert.</p> School budget focuses on salaries https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/school-budget-focuses-salaries <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/school_and_county_meeting.jpg" alt="School and county officials in Grayson meet to discuss the 2019-2020 budget. " title="School and county officials in Grayson meet to discuss the 2019-2020 budget. " align="left" hspace="6" width="168" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; The Grayson County School Board presented its budget for the next fiscal year to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on March 6.</p> <p> At a short joint budget session on March 6, the two boards met at the county boardroom to go over a summary of the 2019-2020 budget and address any concerns.</p> <p> The budget proposal totals $21.9 million.</p> Men found lying in road arrested https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/men-found-lying-road-arrested <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2019-03-24_at_6.37.44_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> <em>Staff Report</em></p> <p> The Galax Police Department handled recent cases ranging from subjects lying in a roadway and a man brandishing a gun to various drug charges.</p> <p> According to a police report, officers Dakota Martin, Eduardo Martin and Tyler Houk were dispatched to the area of Brickyard Road on March 12 for a report of two men lying in the roadway.</p> Town names Goad police chief https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/town-names-goad-police-chief <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chief_shannon_goad_mug.jpg" alt="Chief Shannon Goad" title="Chief Shannon Goad" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> HILLSVILLE &ndash; Earlier this month, Hillsville Town Council announced that Shannon Goad, who had been serving as interim chief of the Hillsville Police Department following the retirement of its former leader, has been officially promoted to chief.</p> <p> Goad was named interim chief in 2018, after the departure of former chief Wesley Yonce.</p> Tractor-trailer overturns on Interstate 77 ramp https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/tractor-trailer-overturns-interstate-77-ramp <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wreck_img_8566.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> First responders were dispatched to a tractor-trailer crash early last Friday morning after a Freightliner overturned on Interstate 77 in Carroll County.</p> <p> According to reports from the Virginia State Police, at approximately 5:50 a.m. on March 22, the operator of a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling sawdust was traveling on I-77 southbound when he attempted proceed onto the Exit 1 ramp.</p> <p> &ldquo;The vehicle came into the curve and overturned on the left side of the ramp, striking the guard rail,&rdquo; the report said.</p> 'Backpack Buddies' has fed kids for 10 years https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/backpack-buddies-has-fed-kids-10-years <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5912.jpg" alt="Alison Bolen (second from right), one of the founders of the local Backpack Buddies program, with volunteers on a recent Friday morning." title="Alison Bolen (second from right), one of the founders of the local Backpack Buddies program, with volunteers on a recent Friday morning." align="left" hspace="6" width="167" height="85" /><p> Ten years ago, Galax Backpack Buddies started making a difference for hungry school kids, and they&rsquo;re still driven to continue that mission, according to Alison Bolen, on of the program&rsquo;s founding members.</p> <p> Backpack Buddies, connected to the organization Feeding America, packs a full bag of food for kids to take home over the weekends during the school year.</p> Community can help bring health center to Grayson https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/community-can-help-bring-health-center-grayson <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/grayson_county_seal_18.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="90" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Grayson County is partnering with Tri-Area Community Health in an initiative to bring a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) to the aid of the community.</p> <p> The healthcare center initiative has been high on the county&rsquo;s list of priorities since the concept was introduced in 2017 and has moved through several phases in the past year.</p> Hillsville man arrested on drug charges https://www.galaxgazette.com/content/hillsville-man-arrested-drug-charges <img src="https://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/adams_1.jpg" alt="Kristopher James Adams" title="Kristopher James Adams" align="left" hspace="6" width="43" height="85" /><p> <em>Staff Report</em></p> <p> HILLSVILLE &mdash; One local resident was taken into custody last week by the Hillsville Police Department after a K9 officer alerted on the vehicle in which he was traveling.</p> <p> Police Chief Shannon Goad reported that on March 13 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Officer Austin Atkins observed a Ford van traveling on West Stuart Drive. The driver had committed a traffic violation when pulling out from the Hills Motel.</p>