Today's News


    RICHMOND — While no progress has been made on a proposed music venue outside Hillsville, two state delegates who represent the county have proposed bills to allow Carroll County to levy an admissions tax.

    Both Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County) and Del. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) have proposed their own bills on the admission tax issue.

    Armstrong's is House Bill 1902, and Carrico's is House Bill 1751.

    Both bills approach adding an admissions tax in the exact same way.

  • Abduction suspect located

    Galax police officers arrested Pablo Aguilar-Ramirez, 21, of Bryn Mawr Drive in Galax on Jan. 12 for the Sept. 29, 2008, abduction of his estranged girlfriend at a home on Hanes Road in the city.

    Aguilar-Ramirez was arrested at a residence near the original incident site on Hanes Road.

  • Grayson approves zoning request

    INDEPENDENCE — Local fire departments, rescue squads and even individuals can now hold various recreational activities in Grayson County, with a special use permit.

    The Grayson Board of Supervisors held a public hearing during its December meeting to take comments on a proposed change to the zoning ordinance to allow various recreation activities, including lawn mower races.

    During its meeting Jan. 8, the board unanimously approved changing the ordinance to include the “rural commercial recreational uses.”

  • Shelter to keep dogs seized in Carroll County

    ROANOKE — Every dog has its day, and for 63 dogs seized from what state investigators called deplorable conditions in a Carroll County kennel, their day may have been Jan. 13, when they were officially turned over to a Roanoke shelter.

    Many of the dogs should be ready for adoption in about two weeks, according to Lisa O’Neill, the volunteer coordinator at Angels of Assisi, a nonprofit dedicated to helping animals. Some dogs still are receiving medical and dental care, and all will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

  • Cavs topple Falcons by 15

    HILLSVILLE –– With two key games this week against Southwest District co-leader Abingdon, Carroll County missed out on practice Monday due to inclement weather.

    Judging by Tuesday’s result, coach Marc Motley may want to give his girls free afternoons the day before every game.

    Carroll County held Abingdon to 12 first-half points, fought off a second-half rally and pulled away down the stretch, taking sole possession of the SWD’s top spot with a 50-36 win.

  • Frazier’s huge night helps Tide avenge only loss

    Cameron Frazier pumped in a career-high 36 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play, as Galax got past Oak Hill Red 67-61 in a nondistrict game Monday in Galax.

    The Maroon Tide (13-1) made amends for its only loss of the year, a 63-50 setback to the Warriors in mid-December.

  • Carroll awards Exit 1 utility project

    HILLSVILLE — Public water and sewer at Interstate 77's Exit 1, essential for its development, got a little closer to reality at the Carroll Public Service Authority meeting Jan. 12.

    Authority members awarded the construction bid for both a water and sewer system there, a prerequisite for the location of a Love's truck stop at the exit in Lambsburg.

    But the award also depends on getting financing and settling unspecified legal matters, according to the motion.

  • Pioneers sweep Blue Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– If Fort Chiswell has made any kind of statement in the first two games of the Mountain Empire District schedule, it is that it will take a bunch of points to pick up a win against the Pioneers.

    Two days after Galax needed every bit of 90 points in its four-point win over Fort Chiswell, Grayson County nearly put up as big a number, falling 91-88 in an MED game Friday.

  • Grayson girls open strong before fading

    MAX MEADOWS -- Grayson County enjoyed one of its better nights offensively, but Fort Chiswell was just too much to handle as the Pioneers rolled to an 82-48 win in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Friday.

  • Alouf, Frazier rain threes on Narrows; Tide ladies fall

    It was a tale of two stories Friday night as Galax varsity boys dominated on their home court, while the varsity girls fell short.

    The boys took to the court first and started off strong.

    Galax (12-1 overall, 3-0 MED) won its eighth straight game — including its third district win in a row — when it took down Narrows (3-10, 1-1) by a final score of 78-48.

    The Maroon Tide wasted no time hitting the big shots, opening the game up with a 10-0 run over the first 3:45.