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Today's News

  • Carrico bridge won't reopen

    The Carrico Bridge on Virginia 94 over the New River, which closed March 11 for inspection after being damaged by an overheight vehicle, will remain closed while a new bridge is built, according to a press release Monday from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    Construction of the new bridge in Grayson County was scheduled to begin this fall and plans were to use the existing bridge for traffic during construction and remove the old bridge upon completion of the new one.   

  • Center of Attention

    The Galax Welcome Center is complete, but the question remains as to who will do the welcoming.

    The center will not have anyone to open and operate it until a new tourism director is hired, said Galax City Manager Keith Barker, who gave Galax City Council and guests a tour of the renovated facility last Monday.

  • Spending limit might put project on hold

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board can spend up to $16.3 million to complete school construction projects, but that's not enough money to finish renovations at Fries Middle School.

    And neither schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas nor County Administrator Jonathan Sweet are sure how the remainder of the Fries project will be funded.

  • Citizens envision Carroll in 2030

    If citizens don't get involved in Carroll's effort to develop a new comprehensive plan for the next 20 years, it's not because the county didn't invite them to participate.

    At a community meeting March 23 at Gladesboro School in the Laurel Fork district, county officials and hired consultants stressed that Carroll residents and their ideas are crucial to the planning process.

    Multiple public hearings and meetings are scheduled at every step of the way as Carroll puts together a vision of what the county will look like in 2030.

  • Virtual call center to hire in Southwest Virginia

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Hiring is expected to start this month for 100 new technology-based jobs for DirecTV, in which employees in Southwest Virginia will work from home to handle calls from customers.

    Recruiting is expected to pull from three regions, including Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

    Those hired will serve as remote agents for DirecTV, said Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon), who announced the jobs Tuesday at a news conference in Christiansburg.

  • GVFD battle fires

    A barn and storage building was found ablaze when the Galax Fire Department arrived early on the morning of March 28 to Hebron Road, said Fire Chief David Hankley.

    On arrival, the department found a large barn on fire, containing tractors, boats, livestock trailers and other equipment.

    The fire destroyed approximately half of the structure, owned by Verlin Gallimore, but the majority of the equipment was saved.

    The fire appeared to start in an adjacent small utility building and spread to the larger facility.

  • Felts Park stage work to begin

    Work has begun on the permanent stage that will go up in Felts Park, as part of the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, which is sponsored by the Galax Moose Lodge.

    City Manager Keith Barker briefed members of Galax City Council on the project's status at their March 22 meeting.

    Branson Construction of Chilhowie received a notice to proceed last Monday, after submitting a bid of $210,000. The total cost, Barker estimated, will be about $240,000, including implementing utilities.

  • Level funding requested

    HILLSVILLE — Though state funding has shrunk by nearly $3.8 million for county schools, educators have sought level funding from the Carroll County supervisors.

    The schools request to the county remains a little less than $8.9 million, or about 25 percent of the $35.3 million of the revenue coming in for the 2010-2011 operational budget, according to the presentation made by Schools Superintendent Greg Smith to the supervisors Monday.

  • Tide, Cavs split tight matches

    In its first year of competition, Galax’s girls’ soccer team needed nearly an entire season before notching the first win in program history. Winning has become commonplace for the Tide in year No.

  • Nelson, E&H off to hot start

     EMORY -- Matt Nelson didn’t take his time making a good impression at Emory and Henry College.