Local News

  • Smart Beginnings grant will help childcare centers

    A $100,000 grant awarded to Smart Beginnings Twin County from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will move the program forward in the community, with Carroll County childcare providers being the first to see its benefits.
    Launched in 2010, the statewide Smart Beginnings initiative works to improve quality care and education from birth until kindergarten. The local initiative covers Galax and the Twin Counties.

  • Independence to hold water rates hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Anyone planning to hook onto the Town of Independence water system in the future will pay higher rates if they are approved by town council.
    Proposed rates for new service are: in town, $950; out of town, $1,425; out of town/water authority, $2,925.
    Independence Town Manager Kenneth Vaught said rates haven’t been increased since the mid-1980s. The current tap fees are $325 in town and $487.50 out of town.

  • Opinion on dirt filled in: No conflict

    HILLSVILLE — The commonwealth's attorney has found no wrongdoing after reviewing a Carroll County School Board member's actions in unknowingly receiving fill dirt from a construction project at the intermediate school.

  • Romney wins Virginia GOP primary


    Mitt Romney handily won Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax as well as Virginia in statewide Republican presidential primary voting on Tuesday.

    The former Massachusetts governor carried the state with about 60 percent of the vote against Rep. Ron Paul.

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  • Courthouse shootout memorial service to be held March 13

    HILLSVILLE — The Citizens’ Committee for the Centennial of the 1912 Courthouse Tragedy will sponsor a memorial service at 6 p.m. Tuesday, to be hosted by Grover King VFW Post 1115.
    The program opens with “The Church Sisters” — twins Sarah and Savannah Church and their band from Danville.
    They often appear as guest musicians in the region and will add vibrant voices and masterful music to the memorial service.
    The formal program at 7 p.m. will be led by E. Gary Marshall, chairman of the citizens’ committee.

  • Effort to save Sidna Allen home underway

    Just two weeks before the 100th anniversary of the 1912 courthouse shootout, the owners of the J. Sidna Allen home began the process to preserve the historic Fancy Gap residence.
    Sidna Allen, like much of his extended family, attended the conclusion of Floyd Allen's trial for obstruction of justice in the Carroll County Courthouse on March 14, 1912.
    A gun battle erupted between the family and court and county officials after Floyd Allen refused to serve his prison sentence.

  • Training Center closing questioned

    HILLSVILLE — The decision to close the Southwestern Virginia Training Center and leave a sister facility in Chesapeake open should not be based on real estate matters alone, one local employee believes.
    The Carroll Board of Supervisors also objects to the closure of the facility that provides care for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but supervisors hope the state might turn over the property to the county to benefit the local citizens, if the training center can’t be saved.

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