Today's News

  • That’s 20 column inches down, 100 more to go

    And now for something completely inconsequential.

    Whether by coincidence or the fact that it was Martin Luther King Day, it was an extremely slow news day on Monday in the sports department. Neither Carroll County, Galax nor Grayson County had anything scheduled for Monday.

    Nobody brought in any pictures of a giant catfish, a 12-pointer or an AAU team. Not even a photo of a turnip that looks like Tim Tebow.

    There is still a page to fill, however. 

  • McKinney scores 22 as Galax downs Bland County

     BLAND –– Galax doubled up Bland County in the first half and coasted to a 69-47 win in a Mountain Empire District boys’ basketball game Tuesday.

    Devonte McKinney scored a game-high 22 points and Austin Pack added 16 for Galax (9-0 overall, 4-0 district), which led 40-20 at halftime. 

    Lawrence Parsons scored 13 points for Galax.

    Bland County (9-6, 1-3) was led by Asher Dillow with 21 points.


    Galax...................21  19  11  18––69

  • CC boys get it over with early

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County built a double-digit lead in the game’s first six minutes and whacked Marion 77-46 in a Southwest District boys’ game Tuesday.

    “I thought we played with more intensity that we did last week,” Cavalier coach Brad Hawks said of a two-game stretch in which his team escaped Abingdon by two points before falling in overtime to a Pulaski team it had earlier defeated by 18 points. “We did the little things and it paid off for us.”

  • Carroll girls pull away late

    HILLSVILLE –– Holding a slim three-point lead over Marion late in the third quarter, Carroll County closed the game on a 16-0 run and claimed a 51-32 win over the Scarlet Hurricane in a Southwest District girls’ game Tuesday.

  • Singing King's Praises — with video


    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial and social equality continues to inspire decades after his passing.
    Local church congregations came together on Jan. 15 to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's lasting influence.
    The theme of the annual event — held this year at Gospel Temple in the Oldtown community in  West Galax — was "Born To Inspire."


  • School leaders decry McDonnell's education plans

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND  — Virginia’s school superintendents took aim at a couple of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s key legislative initiatives Tuesday, calling them unfunded mandates that would cause crippling budget cuts in local school divisions across the state.
    Particularly onerous, they said, is the Republican governor’s proposal to pump an unprecedented $2.2 billion into Virginia’s underfunded state retirement system.

  • Court to decide AmerLink lease

    WILSON, N.C. — Carroll County and other affected parties should know if the federal bankruptcy court allows the lease sale for the former AmerLink sales center to go through after a hearing Jan. 24.
    AmerLink officials, in an economic deal with Carroll County, said the log home company would create 200 local jobs, but went bankrupt after building the model homes and half a saw mill. Carroll County sued to recoup 32 acres of industrial land and $600,000 in incentives from the deal, though an auction of former AmerLink properties generated far less revenue than that.

  • Water negotiations coming up dry so far

    HILLSVILLE — While the Carroll County Public Service Authority approved an agreement in December to buy water from the city of Mount Airy, N.C., for the area around Lambsburg’s Interstate 77 interchange, the city for its part has not signed on to be the supplier yet.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe noted at the January authority meeting that county officials continued working on the potential relationship with Mount Airy.

  • Chamber charts new course


  • Reignited interest in natural gas pipeline