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Today's News

  • SOL scores on the rise in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary scores for eighth graders and end-of-course tests for high school students brought good news to the Carroll County School Board in February.

    The scores show some of the highest results ever achieved in Carroll schools since Standards of Learning tests began in 1998, according Beverly Parker, director of school improvement.

    "In this time of economic struggle... I am very pleased to bring these results to you tonight," she told the school board.

  • Trojans knock off Galax 9-3

    Wiffle balls and batting cages are great, but there’s no substitute for actually being on the dirt doing the real thing.

    Hampered by a conspiracy between basketball and Mother Nature that has kept Galax indoors most of the young season, the Maroon Tide dropped its season opener Wednesday, falling 9-3 to Alleghany, N.C., in a nondistrict game at Mountain View Park.

    Alleghany was playing its fourth game, while Galax has been outside fewer than five times altogether in coach Verl Brown’s estimation.

  • Goins, Frazier named all-region

    Those who didn’t get a chance to see any of the top five girls’ basketball players in Region IV shouldn’t worry too much. All five of them will be back.

    Three juniors, including Carroll County’s Kayla Goins, and two sophomores headed up the first-team all-region squad, while in Region C boys’ voting, Galax’s Cameron Frazier was a first-team pick.

  • Hillsville submits stimulus ideas

    HILLSVILLE — Could the federal stimulus package finance more revitalization work downtown and across Hillsville?

    Town Manager Larry South added several entries to the Virginia stimulus database Web site and registered Hillsville with its federal counterpart, after being encouraged to do so by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon).

    Two suggestions for the funds, which are meant to create jobs through infrastructure projects, relate directly to the downtown area.

  • Carroll looks at new fire, rescue policies

    HILLSVILLE — Increased oversight of volunteers and volunteer agencies will likely result from two decisions made by the Carroll supervisors at the March 9 board meeting.

    The supervisors considered two policy recommendations from the Emergency Services Board that included suspending volunteers from service when accused of crimes and requiring each fire and rescue squad to have a financial audit.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/9/09

    Jesus stood for love

    In 1604, King James I of England initiated the process for a new interpretation of the Christian Bible, primarily to consolidate the ecclesiology and orthodoxy of the Church of England under royal control.

    He gathered 47 scholars (notably, all members of the Church of England), and seven years later they published what has become known as the King James version of the Bible.

  • Walking a fine line

    It’s a fine line to walk between appeasing those who want Grayson County to remain a rural community of vast farm land and open fields, and those wanting the county to bring new businesses in.

    For the past five months, three developers have fought against some vocal members of the Fox Knob community while trying to get approval to bring a 252-site recreational park to Grayson.

    Last week, the Grayson board of supervisors approved that permit, and in the bigger picture, it makes sense.

  • Blessing in Disguise

    HILLSVILLE — Eight-year-old Presley Talley's Down syndrome turned out to be a blessing in disguise, after it likely spared him from the worst ravages of leukemia.

    As Presley's family prepares to celebrate the child being declared cancer-free, they are contemplating the role that the genetic abnormality played in saving him from one of the most feared diseases.

    It looked like Presley had been dealt a bad hand from the start.

    At birth in November 2000, he looked normal to his parents, Greg and Theresa Talley — of Hillsville and Woodlawn, respectively.

  • Digging into Galax's past

    John Nunn of Galax remembers hearing about a drug store located at the old First National Bank in Galax. The owners kept ice in the basement that they chiseled away from the New River in the winter and used it to cool Coca-Colas — back when Coke was made with cocaine.

    In the 1950s, Nunn recalls that Galax had more manufacturers than any other town, and there were more people working here than lived here, he said.

  • SNOW DAY!