Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 2/28/11

    Another reminder: calls reflecting on candidates for election will not be published in the Hotline.

    Heavy handed
    Thank you for an excellent editorial about the Carroll County Code of Ethics. The board silenced [a speaker] during meetings during citizen times and now the Carroll Board of Supervisors is using a code of ethics to hide another effort to control comments. Maybe they should learn a lesson from Tunisia and Egypt.

    Plow away

  • Some see inequity in Carroll's 'virtual school'

    RICHMOND — Carroll County in Southwest Virginia is known for its huge Labor Day flea market and its Blue Ridge Mountain vistas.
    In the past year, though, its school system has also gained popularity, attracting students from Virginia Beach to Fairfax County.
    What's the draw?

  • 50 Years at Joy Ranch


  • Hall to serve 22 years for murder

    HILLSVILLE — Chad James Hall, 28, who shot his friend on the banks of Stewarts Creek in Lambsburg two years ago, will spend nearly 22 years in prison for the crime.
    As Hall described his state of mind in his sentencing hearing, he said he had been using methamphetamine and drinking beer on March 6, 2009, when he got into an argument with Justin Wade Edwards, 21, and shot him.

    Hall had previously pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder for intentional killing and use of a firearm.

  • Man burned in fire


  • Vaughan-Bassett to appear on ABC News


  • Used needles a hazard for city garbage crews

    The City of Galax is encouraging residents who use hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets to dispose of sharps in a safer manner, after two sanitation crew members were stuck by used needles when collecting trash.

  • It's up to states to fight illegal immigration

    Submitted by these members of the Virginia House of Delegates: Charles W. Carrico, Anne Crockett-Stark, Terry G. Kilgore, Joseph P. Johnson, James W. Moorefield

    Many of us in the Virginia General Assembly have once again taken action this year to deal with the burden of a federal failure.
    We have submitted proposed legislation concerning illegal immigration — a growing problem in the commonwealth.
    The fact is that illegal immigration costs the average American taxpayer $1,117 per year, and costs Virginia nearly $2 billion per year.

  • Maroon Tide ends drought

    BUENA VISTA –– The name of the town means “Good View.” You can see all the way to the state tournament from here.

    Galax made the lengthy journey to Parry McCluer High School and was rewarded with its first trip to the state tournament in 20 years Thursday, controlling Covington from start to finish for a 45-39 win in the Region C Division 1 girls’ semifinals.

    Galax earned a spot in this week’s state tournament with the win, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s region title game with Bath County.

  • Devils bounced in semis

    BUCHANAN –– James River doesn’t have all the components still in place from last year’s Group A Division 2 state championship team. Friday, though, the Knights had more than enough to get the job done.