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Today's News

  • Maroon Tide takes high hopes to Northwood

     Preparing to face a single wing offense is no easy thing to in and of itself. Doing so in Week 1 makes the task just that much more challenging. Add to that the fact that Northwood’s offensive backfield is full of experience, and it gives Galax head coach Jared Van Acker cause for concern.

  • Cavs face new-look Bengals

     HILLSVILLE -- It’s difficult to come up with the right word to describe what graduation did to the Bassett football roster after last season.

    ‘Gutted’ comes to mind. ‘Decimated’ works. ‘Annihi-lated,’  ‘devastated’ and ‘ravaged’ will fit, too.

  • Carroll bumps Tide in opener

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County got win No. 1 for the year and forced Galax to wait at least a couple of days to reach a magic number as the Cavaliers opened the 2009 volleyball season with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 nondistrict win Monday.

  • Public record for 9/2/09

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.

    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentenced may be appealed:

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/17/09

    Officials deserve thanks

    The Carroll County administrator and board of supervisors are well deserving of the encouragement of citizens of Carroll County.

    In the past year this board and our administrator have taken Carroll County in such a positive direction.

    We no longer pick up our newspaper to read about an argument or personal vendetta between board members.

    We have progress for Carroll County like there has not been in so many, many years. As a citizen I believe Carroll County has a great future.

  • A health care debate at the top of our lungs.

    For decades now, the congressional debate over health care has been so distorted by politics and money that it has been worse than useless — it has been an active impediment to reform of a broken system that is too expensive, serves too few and rations care based on insurance company caprice.

    If the conversation on Capitol Hill has been a national disgrace, what is going on in local meetings all over the country is more disturbing.

  • Letter to the Editor for 8/24/09

    Writer suggests mural options

    By no stretch of the imagination can you call that sign on the Jeff Matthews Museum a mural.

    The definition of a mural is a picture or decoration — usually a very large one — on a wall or ceiling.

    A mural of Matthews shooting a grizzly bear or an Indian encampment by the creek or of Main Street by [local artist] Raven Bilbrey would be better — or a conglomeration of native species of trees, bushes, wildflowers and galax leaves.

  • Zone Defense

    The saying goes that two heads are always better than one. Grayson leaders agree, as they seek to use three heads — their own, along with the towns of Independence and Fries — to seek acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program.

    The program provides various incentives for qualifying businesses if they create more than four jobs that pay at least 1.75 times the federal minimum wage rate and provide benefits.

  • Abingdon takes SWD win at OMGC

     LAUREL FORK -- Olde Mill Golf Course, Carroll County’s home course for a Southwest District match Tuesday, is undergoing an ambitious expansion project, the scars of which are quite extensive along the 6,185-yard track. Considerable trenching work for irrigation on the fairways and a complete restructuring of a couple of holes produced plenty of obstacles.

  • Maroon Tide volleyball team optimistic in 09

    Though Galax must replace a couple of key components to what was a whisker away from being a championship team, the Maroon Tide should have plenty to look forward to as it begins the 2009 volleyball season tonight at Carroll County. Though it will be difficult to replace MED player of the year Jamie Cockerham, she of the 333 kills, 60 aces and 146 digs, the Maroon Tide has the components in place to produce another winning season, which has become the norm