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Today's News

  • St. Paul School changes opposed

    HILLSVILLE — Busing middle school children from Cana to Hillsville would be similar to Carroll County sports teams riding to play away games in Franklin County, said one speaker at the second public hearing on the grade structure at St. Paul.
    The difference is that Cana students would have to take the bus to Hillsville every day, not to the occasional away game, said Mark Beck, one of the 12 speakers who attended a Carroll County School Board public hearing on Nov. 13.

  • Cliffside sells for $1.3 million at auction

    A Florida couple bought the historic Cliffside mansion in Galax, along with five cottages and six barns all situated near the New River Trail State Park, during an auction on Nov. 9.
    The sale to Don and Liz Bortniak of Lake Worth, Fla., largely keeps intact some of the most visible properties and structures along the trail, a 57-mile biking and hiking route that follows a former rail line from Galax to Fries.
    The Bortniaks bought the buildings and about 21 acres for $1,267,350.

  • Outreach connects high school, elementary students

    In the Students For Students program, GHS students read to and interact with students at GES, help them with homework and provide positive role models.

  • Carroll Christmas Fund volunteers gearing up to give

    HILLSVILLE  — A large network of Carroll County volunteers has already mobilized to help deserving families have a merry Christmas, according to organizers.
    As soon as the calendar turned to November, Dennis Ward sent out a letter to Carroll Christmas Fund volunteers, asking them to do their thing again this year.
    The letter stood in for an organizational meeting. Ward noted it’s difficult to get people together for a meeting this time of year.

  • Ben Tidwell launches musical ministry, releases new CD

    After getting saved in 2010, Ben Tidwell felt moved to raise his voice in a musical ministry.
    Tidwell found the Lord at Full Gospel Bible Mission in Austinville, but he had to work up to the idea of signing.
    “When I got saved I had a good friend tell me I needed to be singing,” Tidwell recalled.
    The friend, who he worked with at Amcor Rigid Plastics in Wytheville, invited Tidwell to sing with him and his wife at Wilderness Road Pentecostal Holiness Church in Wytheville.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/19/12

    Editor's Note:
    Last week, a caller asked for information about a local handmade laundry soap company. The company's contact information, according to owner Terry Russell, is 238-1337 or 233-5615.

    In shape
    I woke to find out President Obama won. I prayed about this real hard and I know God elected Obama because he knew that’s what we needed to keep this country in the shape it needs to be in.
     
    Safe Halloween

  • Supervisor asks for conflict investigation

    The request involves rental property once held by the county administrator

    WITH VIDEO

  • Warner would have advantage in governor's race

    If U.S. Sen. Mark Warner decides to run for another term as Virginia’s governor, he would start the 2013 campaign as an overwhelming favorite against either Republican candidate for the job, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

  • Birding trail takes flight

    FRIES — The Town of Fries owns a large parcel of spectacular park land directly on the New River that begins near the dam of the old textile mill and continues for about 1.2 miles down the river.
    Five acres of this beautiful land has long been designated as a future birding trail.
    The site lies between the popular New River Trail State Park and the river itself, and is adjacent to Fries School. It offers spectacular views of the river and interesting vegetation that includes massive old growth sycamore and silver maple trees.

  • Wyatt, Jordan post all-state finishes

    GREAT MEADOW –– Two Twin County runners earned all-state recognition by placing among the top 10 individuals and Grayson County managed a fifth-place showing in the girls’ team standings at the Group A cross country championships Saturday.

    Grayson County’s Emma Wyatt and Galax’s Ashley Jordan finished within three seconds of one another in eighth and 10th places, respectively, to garner all-Group state status, which goes to the top 15 runners.