Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 2/20/12

    Why not?
    I’m calling in reference to the bill calling for mandatory drug tests for welfare recipients. I’ve worked for 35 years, and for the last 25 years I have been required to take random drug screens. I don’t see that as discrimination against anybody if they are good enough to spend my money, they are good enough to take the same tests I do.
    Editor’s note: The House of Delegates has tabled the proposed bill until the 2013 session because of questions about how to pay for the drug-testing program.

  • Carroll schools need help from citizens


    By Courtenay Houston

  • Woman sought in case of two missing teens


  • Teen reported missing after house fire


  • Galax seeks funding for Albany Industries access road

    The City of Galax has applied for a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation to fund an access road to Albany Industries.
    Albany Industries is located at the former B.C. Vaughan manufacturing facility in Galax, which it moved into last fall.
    The funding, if received, would upgrade the truck entrance off of Creekview Road to a secondary road with entrances to the properties bordering the road. This project is estimated to cost $416,000 with all but $15,500 covered by VDOT.

  • Grayson teachers seek pay increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Pay increases were once again the top request from the Grayson County Education Association during the first public hearing on the school division’s 2012-13 budget Monday night.
    GCEA President Arnold Hash was one of only two speakers during the hearing. He said that, while he knows “times are lean,” he urged the board to try and find some money for pay increases for county staff.

  • Town council is a house divided


  • Grayson County boys pull upset on No. 2 Fort Chiswell

     BLUEFIELD –– Grayson County survived a last-second shot by  Fort Chiswell and upset the Pioneers 72-70 in the Mountain Empire District semifinals Wednesday at Graham Middle School. 

    The third-seeded Blue Devils (15-9) advance to the championship game tonight (Friday) in Bluefield against Galax.

    Fort Chiswell center Coleman Thomas scored 22 points against the Blue Devils but his shot at the horn to force overtime rimmed out. Corey Gravley scored a game-high 22 points for the Pioneers (17-6).

  • Carroll boys survive Tazewell

    HILLSVILLE –– One of the great things about postseason basketball is when a team that, for whatever reason, isn’t able to put it together on a consistent basis in the regular season has enough to throw a serious scare into a heavy favorite come tournament time.

    Undermanned but talented nonetheless, fourth-seeded Tazewell took Carroll County down to the wire Wednesday before the Cavaliers showed what made them the No. 1 seed, hanging on for a closer-than-the score 72-66 win in the Southwest District boys’ semifinals.

  • Cavaliers, Martin roll on

    HILLSVILLE –– Lindsay Martin scored the 1,000th point of her varsity career Tuesday night. Somewhere up in the stands probably sat a little elementary school girl thinking, ‘That’s me some day.’

    Thus is the self-fulfilling prophecy of Carroll County girls’ basketball.