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Today's News

  • Pothole predicament

    Winter portends a perilous number of driving pitfalls, but patchy pavement doesn't usually lead the pack of problems.

    But this winter has presented a particularly potent set of potholes for motorists to pass through.

    The proof in the pudding can be found in a long line of damaged vehicles forced to the shoulder of Interstate 77, near the 11 mile marker of the northbound lanes.

    There were reports of dozens of disabled vehicles needing repairs to wheels and tires as a result of dipping into large depressions, causing sudden deflations.

  • Federal loan will buy 6 buses

    HILLSVILLE — A federal loan will help Carroll schools add six new buses to update its fleet.

    The Carroll County School Board signed off on the idea at its Feb. 9 meeting with a resolution that will allow the division to roll off some of its older buses.

    The Carroll Industrial Development Authority provided assistance, too, in administering the loan.

  • Grayson to pay more

    INDEPENDENCE — The bad news for Grayson County's upcoming budget season got worse last Monday afternoon when Gov. Bob McDonnell announced he will undo a proposed freeze of the Local Composite Index, a formula that determines how much a locality can afford to spend on education.

    In December, Grayson Public Schools' Finance Director Julie Bear told the school board that the school system's composite index had risen nearly 22 percent, which means the state calculated that Grayson should be able to pay more towards the school system's budget than it has previously.

  • Food stamp use on the rise in Galax

    The number of local households receiving food stamps is gradually increasing, according to Susan Clark, director of the Galax Department of Social Services.

    With the state of the economy, it's hardly surprising that the number of those seeking assistance is growing.

    As of December 2009, 924 households (or 1,767 people) received food stamp assistance, which is now being called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That's up from 854 households, or 1,664 people, at the beginning of last year.

  • Willard, Lamb reach state for Carroll

    CHRISTIANSBURG -- Jordan Lamb and Aaron Willard of Carroll County advanced to the Group AA state tournament after placing in the top four of their respective weight classes at the Region IV tournament Saturday. Willard took third place in the 160-pound class, defeating Tanner Howell of Graham 9-7 in the consolation finals.

  • Tide takes second in region

    BUENA VISTA -- Glenvar came on strong in the championship finals and overtook Galax in the team standings to claim the Region C wrestling championship Saturday at Parry McCluer High School. The Maroon Tide led 98.5-81 after conclusion of the early rounds on Friday and still held a slim advantage entering the championship round on Saturday, but the Highlanders sent eight wrestlers to the finals to Galax’s four and won five individual championships to

  • Carroll boys ousted in SWD, Wave downs Blue Devils

    RICHLANDS -- Carroll County pulled to within two points late in the third quarter, but Richlands pulled away and notched a 65-52 win in the Southwest District tournament quarterfinals Tuesday at Richlands Middle School. Blake Tatum’s 3-pointer staked the Blue Tornado (15-3) to a 40-31 lead but Carroll County (2-18) answered with a 7-0 run and closed to 40-38.

  • Galax sweeps JV titles

    If they’re not careful, first-year Galax JV basketball coaches Mark Dixon and Beth Walker may start to think it’s supposed to be this way every year. Though their teams took different routes to get there, the two rookie Tide coaches and their respective clubs put together a couple of remarkable seasons, capped by district tournament championships Saturday at Narrows High School.

  • Devils back on top of MED

    NARROWS -- As the biting wind and the snow flurries whipping around outside the Narrows gym once again made everyone feel like they had fallen asleep and awakened in North Dakota, Grayson County did only what came natural.

  • Fear not, MED, all is well

    You may have been surprised to learn recently about Graham’s plan to exit the Southwest District and join the single-A ranks as a member of the Mountain Empire District, beginning in the fall of 2011. You may have been dismayed, or you may have been happy, especially you Carroll County fans who will no longer have to go to Grundy, which is also dropping to Group A status in ‘11.