• Carroll pulls plug on virtual school

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County educators have pulled the plug on the first statewide virtual school after mounting concerns.
    Few local students taking advantage of the service and demands on the school system’s staff time are two factors that eventually short circuited the program known as the Virtual Academy of Virginia, according to Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    “Out of that 350 students, only five were Carroll County students,” he said.

  • Livestock team to represent state at national 4-H event

    HILLSVILLE — The first representatives from Virginia going to nationals from the livestock quiz bowl are members of the Carroll County 4-H Club.
    With their knowledge tested about pigs, sheep, goats and cattle in the state quiz bowl while facing teams from clubs in Montgomery and Augusta counties, the Carroll team came out on top, according to coaches Tammy Vass and Kay Williams.
    “We are the first team in the state to go to this contest,” Vass told The Gazette. “Also, we are representing the state of Virginia.”

  • FIRST CLASS: Grads form bond, remember lost classmate

    The first students to graduate from a Master's degree program through Averett University at Crossroads Institute formed a close bond as they worked through challenging classwork and coped with the loss of a classmate.

  • Crossroads offers new degree programs


  • Grayson to refinance $18M of school debt

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will seek permanent financing through the Virginia Public School Authority for debt associated with school construction, following a public hearing earlier this month.
    Supervisors heard no comments during the hearing, in which County Administrator Jonathan Sweet proposed the issuance of an estimated $18 million general obligation school bond.
    Sweet prefaced the public hearing by noting that the $18 million was borrowed for construction of Grayson Highlands School in the western part of the county and remodeling of Fries School.

  • GHS principal resigns

    Galax High School Principal Dr. Jody Ray has announced his resignation from the position.
    The school is advertising a job opening to fill the vacancy.
    Assistant Schools Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell told The Gazette that Ray has resigned from the position for personal reasons. “He was a nice and effective principal and we will miss him,” she said. “We wish him the best in the future, and we know that he will be very successful.”
    Ray has held the job as principal at the high school for two years.

  • Grayson supervisors counter school budget request

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors have approved a counter offer to the school board following a request of more than $600,000 in additional funding for education.
    The school board presented requests for both the current budget (2012-13) and next year’s budget (2013-14) for the supervisors to consider during a joint meeting held last month.

  • Rooftop launches Early Head Start

    Continuing the legacy of Rooftop of Virginia CAP’s Head Start program, the agency is now offering a new program called Early Head Start to benefit pregnant women and children ages birth through three years.
    Early Head Start is serving 116 families throughout the Twin Counties.
    Child services specialist Joan Weaver says that children in this age range “need early childhood development experiences that honor their unique characteristics and provide love, worth and positive learning experiences.

  • Cuts balance Carroll school budget

    HILLSVILLE  — One Carroll teaching position will be eliminated as a result of a funding shortfall for the tight 2014 budget, schools officials said at their Tuesday board meeting.
    For the remainder of the gap, Carroll County Public Schools will share the impact as their health insurance offerings are shifted to less expensive plans.
    Many of the school board members sat in the audience during Monday’s Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting as the supervisors funded 98 percent of the education request.

  • Carroll dedicates renovated schools

    HILLSVILLE — Bands played, choruses sang and ribbons were cut while students and staff cheered the completion of construction work at Carroll County high and intermediate schools on April 2.
    Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told the students at both schools that wrapping up the additions and renovations for phase III construction caps off a decade-and-a-half of work in a countywide effort to improve facilities in Carroll.