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Today's News

  • First-time homeowners move in

    Two couples in Galax are first-time homeowners, thanks to a partnership between local and federal agencies that provides new houses for people who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

    Jean and Rodney Howard and Donald and Beth Caldwell recently moved into new homes in the Knob Hill subdivision in Galax.

    The community started in 1995 and has grown to include more than a dozen homes for low- to moderate-income families.

  • Gear Jammer class returns to Elk Creek Dragway

    ELK CREEK –– More than 170 race cars, a near-capacity crowd and the Gear Jammer class highlighted the action last Saturday at Elk Creek Dragway, with Rodney Price of New Castle taking the event win.

    Price’s early-model Camaro posted a 6.04 e.t. at 100 mph to take the final over Lones Combs of Fancy Gap, who recorded a 6.91 e.t. at 93 mph. Combs was behind the wheel of his 1957 Chevy two-door hardtop, which has been featured in numerous motorsports publications over the past decade.

  • Students participate in Trout Fishing Olympics

    ELK CREEK –– The sixth annual Trout Fishing Olympics was held recently at the Richard and Brenda Sutherland Farm in Elk Creek. Though overcast at the beginning, the skies soon cleared enough to bring a mild, sunny day. Dr. Sidney B. Harvey, retired superintendent of Grayson County Schools and the organizer and motivating spirit for the 2008 Trout Fishing Olympics, proclaimed to all who came, “This is the best day we’ve ever had.”

  • Funds denied, but school planning proceeds

    HILLSVILLE — Given permission to plan — but nothing else — Carroll School Board members will do what they can to map out updates and upgrades to the county’s three remaining schools.

    Even as the educators moved ahead with efforts to plan the final phase of facility improvements — despite the denial of a request for $500,000 from the county supervisors — School Board Member Reginald Gardner asked the board to prepare for a systems failure that might take Carroll High, Carroll Intermediate or Woodlawn School out of commission.

  • Grand jury indicts 34 in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll grand jury met Monday and issued several indictments.

    An indictment is not a finding of guilt, merely a formal charge.

    As has become standard procedure, the court sealed all direct indictments until the papers could be served to the individuals named. About 50 indictments were sealed.

    Indictments issued include:

    • Edward Allen Alley, grand larceny from Wenter Brown

    • Tiffany Leann Barker, possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug

  • Whitetop Mountain Band signs record deal

    The Whitetop Mountain Band from Grayson County recently was signed by Mountain Roads Recording, a record company in Bristol, Tenn.

    The traveling family band hails from the high mountains of Grayson.

    In a press release, the company said “Whitetop is a region rich in the old-time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old-time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.”

  • River cleanup set for Saturday

    The New River Wildlife & Conservation Club is planning its second annual river cleanup project in Grayson County.

    The cleanup is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    The project is an effort to improve the water quality and the beauty of New River.

    Club members are asking for volunteers who would like to assist in the task. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their flat-bottom boats or canoes to the New River Wildlife Building at 7107 Riverside Drive near Fries that day.

  • Water rates to increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Several customers who have been paying residential rates to the Town of Independence for water will soon pay higher bills.

    After an evaluation of the town’s records by Lane Engineering earlier in the year, several customers — not classified as residential — were listed as paying the lower residential rate.

  • Dream big, work hard

    It was exciting last week to see designs and plans for two projects in Galax — the further beautification of the downtown district and the veterans’ memorial planned at the Galax Public Library.

    Artist Todd Price’s renderings of the granite monument to soldiers present and past was awe-inspiring. If organizers can raise the $300,000 they need, it will be a respectful and reverent testament to their service.

  • $1.5M grant to pay for emergency communications upgrade

    HILLSVILLE — At their meeting last week, Carroll supervisors heard a clear signal that emergency communications will be improved with help from a $1.6 million regional grant.

    County officials had noted during budget discussions earlier this year that they were receiving good signals from the granting agency about funding to improve radio equipment in Carroll, Grayson and Galax, as well as Pulaski County.

    And Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe confirmed at the Monday meeting that the official award letter had indeed come in.