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Today's News

  • General Assembly to honor CCHS girls softball team

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Cavalier girls’ varsity softball team has received several honors over the last two years, and will add another one on Tuesday.

    In 2015, the girls were undefeated with a 26-1 record and won the Virginia High School League Group 4A state championship. They followed up their dream season with a 22-1 record last year.

  • Readers Hotline 2/20/17

    Extra credit
    I would like to comment on the “staying eligible” call, that  two students at an area high school had grades changed to Ds at the end of a semester. I want to report that these kids went after school. They had to stay at remediation to make up their grades. It was not given to them and I don’t think they need to be talking about the school to begin with because they don’t know what they are talking about. These kids had to work for their grades. They had to make their grades up.

  • Virginia Senate OKs 'religious freedom' bill

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Democratic officials and the American Civil Liberties Union blasted Republican senators after they passed a “religious freedom” bill that would protect people who refuse to marry same-gender couples.

  • Fries welcomes new assistant town manager

    FRIES — February’s Fries Town Council meeting opened with the introduction of Brian Martin, who will serve as a part-time town manager along with Brian Reed.

    Martin is employed by the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, and serves as a circuit town manager for the Glade Spring and Troutdale communities, in addition to his new position in Fries.

    Martin’s day job, he says, is his position as a loan funds administrator.

  • Cavaliers thump Colonels

    HILLSVILLE –– In the Conference 24 championship game Thursday, Carroll County point guard Mattie Kennedy scored a career-high 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, distributed seven assists, hit a pair of huge third-quarter 3-pointers and forced William Fleming to put her on the foul line 17 times in the second half.

    “Can you ask for anything more from a kid?” asked Cavalier coach Marc Motley.

  • Drivers urged to 'Zone In' near Galax schools

    Staff Report

    Galax students and parents dropping them off at school may not be aware that, just a few blocks from the campuses, Galax Safe Routes to School has yard signs posted in the Parkwood Street neighborhood urging drivers to “Slow Down! Keep our kids safe,” and the message behind it goes deep.

  • Police: man threatened to kill girlfriend

    Staff Reports

    An argument on Feb. 12 escalated into violence and death threats, according a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said deputies responded at approximately 4 p.m. to a complaint on Epworth Road, where witnesses said a Dodge flatbed truck was trying to ram another vehicle.

  • Local banks to become Skyline

    INDEPENDENCE — Since the announcement came in November 2015 that Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd would combine their 200-plus years of banking experience, the two entities have put many hours of time and effort into a smooth transition, as well as appropriate new branding that reflects their shared core values.

    This week, the two banks announced that their new, combined name will be Skyline National Bank: a nod to the local communities they will continue to serve.

  • GOING VIRAL: flu empties local classrooms

    The dreaded flu virus has declared open season in the Twin Counties, and some school systems in the area are feeling the effects with more absences than normal.

    In the past week, Carroll County Public Schools saw a large number of student absences, climbing into the hundreds for a few schools inside the division.

    “We noticed an increase in absences on [Feb. 9-10], but not nearly as bad as the last two days,” Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told The Gazette on Tuesday.

  • Galax looks ahead to budget challenges

    Galax schools will face a budget challenge this year.

    At the Jan. 10 Galax City School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that there is “close to a $300,000 hurdle” to get over already in the budget, due to the rising cost of Virginia Retirement System contributions and Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s financial supplement (with a local funding match) being taken away.