Today's News

  • N.C. police searching for body in Carroll

    UPDATED 7/16: Police have just confirmed that human remains have been found in the well in Lambsburg where they have been digging since last Thursday. We are awaiting more information from Alleghany County (N.C.) Sheriff's Department.

    FROM 7/13:

    LAMBSBURG — Several law enforcement agencies from two states gathered last week off a dirt and rock road just inside southern Carroll County to excavate a hand-dug well in connection with a continuing Alleghany County, N.C., criminal investigation.

  • New Hillsville mayor to push for recycling improvements

    HILLSVILLE — After riding on a garbage truck for two days, Hillsville’s new mayor believes a more aggressive recycling program is needed.
    Both Mayor Greg Crowder and Council Member David Young rode on the back of a town trash truck Monday and Tuesday as part of a promise to get a feel for what all town workers do at their jobs.

  • Carroll shuffles principals

    HILLSVILLE — Shuffling principals around at Carroll County Public Schools has resulted in new administrators at all three Hillsville facilities and Woodlawn.
    It took the Carroll County School Board multiple meetings to complete, but in the end four school-level administrators and one central office administrator have been moved into new positions.
    The changes include:
    • Ralph “Bob” Martin from coordinator of crisis management and energy conservation to Woodlawn School principal, according to schools personnel reports.

  • Trash fee lawsuit scrapped

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors’ recent changes to the wording of the county’s trash collection ordinance has also cleaned up a potential legal mess.
    Shortly after Grayson County enacted a new solid waste ordinance two years ago, Amelia Bland Waller of Elk Creek filed a lawsuit against the county, contending that the charge was a tax instead of a fee because Grayson, as a utility provider, cannot charge a fee “for services not rendered or desired.”

  • Bogeys restaurant could reopen by fall

    After being on the market since 2009, Bogeys is finally reopening with new owners.
    Bogeys is located at the intersection of Glendale Road and Country Club Lane, next to the Galax Municipal Golf Course.
    When Kenneth Belton and other investors purchased the building about two months ago, they had initially thought to fix it up and put it back on the market.
    But when people found out that the building had been sold, excitement began to build at the possibility of Bogeys reopening.

  • Va. to stagger food stamp payouts to ease crowding

    The first of every month, about 440,000 households in the state get their monthly allotment of food stamps — now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — and many promptly head to their local grocery stores.
    Checkout lines can be much longer. Items such as Cheerios and broccoli can disappear from shelves. Some stores bring in extra staff.
    Only nine states do business this way.

  • Hillsville hears water bill concerns

    HILLSVILLE — Monday’s first meeting of a town council with two new members and an interim town manager got off to a smooth start, a marked contrast from the boisterous meetings of the past couple of months.
    The “new” Hillsville Town Council — three veterans and two newcomers — heard many of the same issues from citizens as the “old” council, including concerns about water billing for an apartment with multiple tenants and only one meter.

  • Green Team wants Carroll school system to cut back on waste — with video

    HILLSVILLE  — Hoping to prevent more scenes of bulldozers shoving huge piles of cardboard into the landfill, the advisors for the Carroll High Green Team want the school system as a whole to recycle more.
    Educator Brittany Scott made this request to the school board at its regular July meeting Tuesday, encouraging the elected officials to think of it as a money saver and teaching tool.

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  • Youth detention center seen as outdated

    CHRISTIANSBURG — The superintendent of the New River Valley’s youth lockup is making a public case to modernize the building to address serious security, operational and legal risks.
    Joe Young said public schools and government buildings have more advanced security features than the New River Valley Juvenile Detention Home in Christiansburg, a designated maximum-security lockup for boys and girls age 7 to 17.