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Today's News

  • John Vaughan receives AHFA award

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — John Bassett Vaughan — former chairman, CEO and president of Galax-based Vaughan Furniture Company — received the American Home Furnishings Alliance's prestigious Distinguished Service Award during the group's 2010 annual meeting at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Nov. 12.

    Vaughan, who also served as chairman and CEO of Webb Furniture Enterprises in Galax, was lauded as a "civic-minded industrialist." 

  • VDOT plowing ahead with changes

    State highway officials plan to improve interstate snow removal in Southwest Virginia this winter by changing contractors and increasing incident supervision, aided by GPS tracking devices that pinpoint the location of plows.

    Earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Transportation fired its previous interstate maintenance contractor, Infrastructure Corporation of America, for what VDOT called snow-related lapses along Interstate 81 and several other major roads.

  • Is plan too much or not enough?

    HILLSVILLE — Some speakers thought the final draft of Carroll's comprehensive plan smacked of totalitarian controls, while others recommended the county officials assert more control over growth and development.

    A few even recommended that it's time to think about adding zoning to the mix.

    Phil McCraw, owner of Virginia 500 Fruit Market in Cana, compared Carroll's proposed comprehensive plan to the United Nation's Agenda 21 environmental initiative that began in 1992.

  • Yearbook staff wins state award

     HILLSVILLE — The Cavalier Classic staff had designs on producing a quality yearbook and earned themselves a state championship as a result. 

    Shannon Dalton, their understandably proud teacher at Carroll County High School, called all students involved in yearbook together to celebrate the accomplishment last Thursday, under the pretense of getting a group photo. 

    Then teachers revealed the Virginia High School League Trophy Class Award, presenting it first to this year's editors, Wendy Burcham and Lauren Roper. 

  • Tide rakes in MED awards

     The Galax volleyball team wrapped up a dominant run through the Mountain Empire District by dominating the all-district voting as nine Maroon Tide players and their coach were named on the three teams, including four on the all-MED first team.

    Galax finished the season with a 22-4 record, the most wins ever for the Maroon Tide, and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history after a runner-up finish in the Region C Division 1 tournament.

  • Tide-EastMont, part II

    For the first time in its history, Galax will play a 13th football game. The Maroon Tide is certainly hoping 13 brings better luck than No. 3

    Having notched two postseason wins for the first time ever, Galax  (9-3) is faced with the formidable task of knocking off seemingly-invincible Eastern Montgomery (11-0) Friday as the two tangle for the Region C Division 1 championship on the Mustangs’ home turf. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

  • Carroll will keep out of real estate reassessment

    HILLSVILLE — When it comes to Carroll's next real estate reassessment, county officials will take a more hands-off approach.

    The Carroll supervisors, at their Nov. 11 meeting, approved advertising a request for proposals seeking reassessment services.

    The reassessment that came out in 2008 was done in-house.

    County officials have calculated a cost of $312,500 for the required reassessment, spread out over two years.

  • Citizens fighting flouride

    Alleghany County citizens made it plain to the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority last week — they don't want fluoride in their water.

    They cited health concerns with adding fluoride, which is aimed at promoting dental health.

    A regional water system is under construction to provide water to the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C., and Grayson and Alleghany counties. The Water Authority is made up of eight members representing the four jurisdictions. 

  • Feeding the needy

    INDEPENDENCE — Bona Dee Murray remembers going hungry when she and her mom ran out of food when she was just a young girl. 

    When their shelves were bare, churches helped to feed them. 

    About 10 years ago, it became Murray's dream for First United Methodist Church of Independence to collect food and donate it to those in need through Social Services. 

  • Sweepstakes businesses taking a gamble in Va.

    HILLSVILLE — While Internet sweepstakes businesses in Virginia currently fall into a legal gray area, Carroll County has seen the number of such operations increase five-fold.

    State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has issued opinions saying that some kinds of sweepstakes activities that constitute gambling are illegal, but other practices are allowed under law.

    Carroll Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Goad hopes that the General Assembly will act to write a law that ends the confusion.