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Today's News

  • Cavs run over Grundy

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County’s first team offense scored on every possession and the Cavaliers remained undefeated in the Southwest District with a convincing 42-14 Southwest District victory Friday over Grundy at Tommy Thompson Field. It took Carroll County (6-2 overall, 4-0 SWD) just 23 plays to score five touchdowns on its first five possessions.

  • Covington spoils Tide's night

    Covington drove 77 yards in a little more than three minutes to spoil Galax’s homecoming, taking a 30-26 nondistrict win Friday over the Maroon Tide. Galax (1-7), which led 26-16 entering the fourth quarter, was stopped near midfield and punted to the Cougar 23-yard line with 4:39 remaining, holding on to a 26-22 lead.

  • BRCC ladies close '09 season

     The Ladies’ Golf Association of Blue Ridge Country Club ended its 2009 season with its annual Memorial Tournament, awards presentation and banquet on Oct. 3. Earlier in the season, a Solheim Tournament was held in which association members were grouped into an ‘American’ team and a ‘European’ team. The Americans won and were therefore served their meal by the Europeans during the banquet.

  • Patience is Golden

    The prospects are good for digging into an interesting hobby at Laurel Hill Gem Mines.

    That’s where Gladesboro resident Robert Dale Bowman hopes that sharing his unique pastime with others will pan out.

    The mountains of Carroll County are far removed from the Yukon of the Gold Rush days. But Bowman hopes to impart some nuggets — of insight, not necessarily of gold — about searching for precious metals and minerals.

  • Backpack Buddies

    Friends Jacquie Roberts, Alison Bolen and Stephannie Dees share a common goal: to feed every hungry child in the Galax community.

    Roberts was touched by the story about Backpack Buddies she saw a few months ago on the “Today Show,” as it showed how communities are coming together to help battle hunger in children.

    That’s when she called Bolen, a member of Galax Presbyterian Church, who immediately spread the word.

  • On Top of the World

    A Dugspur woman was known for six months as "No Nails" as she trudged and climbed the 2,178 miles of the Appalachian Trail — despite her bad back, hurt ankle and fear of heights — and recently returned home triumphant.

    Following the tradition of trail hikers, Cathy Shouse adopted a colorful nickname to go by while slogging from Springer Mountain in Georgia through the Mid-Atlantic and New England to Katahdin, the trail's northern terminus in Maine.

  • Art critics

    Galax residents voiced both their support and opposition for the mural being painted on the Jeff Matthews Museum during a Galax City Council meeting on Monday, before city council decided to move forward with a redesigned version of the painting.

  • Water project floats Carroll some savings

    HILLSVILLE — A competitive bid environment brought Carroll County’s water distribution effort in about $1.3 million less than budget, according to Public Service Authority information.

    The Carroll water distribution system will initially hook up to infrastructure centered at Interstate 77’s Exit 19, but it will also supply water to every public water system in Carroll County outside Cana, public service authority members have said.

  • Bids come in too hot for Fries Fire Department

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is scrambling to find additional money after all 16 bids received for construction of a new 10,000-square-foot facility for the volunteer fire department were higher than the allotted amount.

    Town Manager Brian Reed said the low bid received was $1.204 million, which is $204,165 more than the $1 million the town was approved to receive through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

    The grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered through the DHCD.

  • Schools allowed to seek loan

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll school officials can apply for state literary loan construction funds to upgrade remaining facilities, county supervisors decided Tuesday after thinking about a request for a month.

    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith asked the supervisors in September for permission to proceed with planning and seeking state funds to complete the division-wide school improvement program after a decade of pursuing the work.