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Today's News

  • Grayson School Board eliminates JV football team

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board voted last week to eliminate the junior varsity football team because of the lack of players.

    The change creates an 8-9 team (for eighth graders and high school freshmen) and a varsity team (for sophomores, juniors and seniors.) Seventh graders would be left out, but could still find opportunities to play in recreational leagues.

  • Public record for 8/19/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Maroon Tide gets early start

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– It wasn’t exactly Christmas in August, but it was at least Friday on hump day.

    Getting a two-day jump on the normal first scrimmage date of the 2015 season, Galax and Mount Airy, N.C. got together for a rare Wednesday workout as the Maroon Tide continued preparations for its Aug. 28 season opener.

  • Cavaliers host scrimmage

    HILLSVILLE –– Three of the four teams participating in a controlled scrimmage Friday at Carroll County High School were in practice jerseys unadorned by any identifying markings, including numbers. The host team was among them. At times, even the players on the sidelines couldn’t definitively answer the question, “Who had that carry?”

  • Blue Devils find the ‘zone
  • Readers Hotline 8/17/15

    After the fact
    I saw in The Gazette where the state tax holiday for school sales was Aug. 7-9, which didn’t make sense to me. It is kind of silly, with Carroll County Schools starting Aug. 6, and everyone more than likely had supplies and clothes already for school. At least school could have waited until after this holiday or either the tax thing could have moved up a little since Carroll County School started Aug. 6. You defeat your purpose. You can’t wait until after school to start buying supplies.

  • Students praised as SOL scores improve

    By SHANNON WATKINS & SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    and Landmark News Service

    Changes that allowed more students to retake Standards of Learning exams helped boost scores across core subjects this past school year, based on pass rates released Aug. 11 by the Virginia Department of Education. Local school divisions mirrored state trends.

    Elementary and middle school students were allowed to retake the tests for the first time last school year following a change in the law. High schoolers already had the chance to do so.

  • Church group goes on mission of mercy

    SOMOTILLO, Nicaragua — A local ministry recently made a trip to lend assistance to and spread messages of love and hope to families in Nicaragua.

    Since 2007, Cornerstone Community Church in Galax has partnered with Because We Care Ministries, and has made 13 trips to the remote northern part of Nicaragua, with more than 100 volunteer missionaries from the Twin Counties.

  • Training center will campaign to keep doors open

    HILLSVILLE — Although plans are still in place for the 2018 closing of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC) in Hillsville, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors is still fighting to raise awareness and support to keep the facility open.

    During the board’s Aug. 10 meeting, Supervisor Dr. Tom Littrell announced a partnership between the board and the Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC), who have decided to host a rally to save the training center.

  • Grayson schools fully staffed ahead of opening day

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Susie Funk, administrative supervisor, told the Grayson County School Board at its Aug. 10 meeting that the school system was fully staffed and ready for the opening of school on Aug. 12.

    The school board praised Funk, school staff and Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Massie for their work in securing teachers and other staff members for the 2015-2016 school year.

    A lengthy list of personnel items were approved by the board including: