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Today's News

  • Andrews Farming announces 51 new jobs

    NEWS RELEASE:

    RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister company, ANDCO Logistics, Inc., will invest more than $5.6 million to expand their agricultural production, warehousing and distribution operation in Carroll County. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 51 new jobs paying above the average prevailing wage.

  • Carroll couple makes history after ban lifted

    Virginia became a new wedding destination for same-sex couples on Oct. 6, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of same-sex marriage court rulings in Virginia that declared the ban on same sex marriages unconstitutional. In the days that followed, Carroll County saw a significant amount of activity, as well as continued debates on the topic.

  • Governor sets up Ebola 'command group'

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth is taking additional steps to strengthen the level of preparedness for the Ebola virus by mobilizing a statewide unified command group. This group is responsible for coordinating resources and personnel.

  • Fall Wonders: Leaves hitting peak this week

    Every autumn, the scenery changes colors.

    The leaves of some trees always turn one color. For example, the black walnut turns yellow. Other species, such as sweetgum, turn different colors, even on the same tree.

    Sunny days and cool nights are key to fall leaf displays. Bright, sunny days and cool, but not freezing, nights are required for vivid autumn shows. If there is an early frost, the leaves are likely to turn brown and drop.

    Although botanists understand the mechanics of some of these changes, other parts remain a mystery.

  • Ebola unlikely, but local agencies prepared

    As a meme going around Facebook proclaims, more people have been dumped by pop star Taylor Swift than have caught the Ebola virus in the U.S.

    On a more sober note, Ebola, worldwide, has caused slightly more than 4,500 deaths from 1976 to mid-October this year out of more than 7,000 reported cases — most of them in West Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). By contrast, the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919 infected 500 million people across the globe and killed at least 50 million of them in that time frame alone, according to the CDC.

  • CCMS sets goal for new soccer team

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board is considering a request for a soccer program for Carroll County Middle School.

    Information about the potential program was presented by Dr. Mark Burnette, who turned the floor over to middle school principal Marc Quesenberry at the school board’s Oct. 14 meeting.

  • Carroll Pumpkin Festival

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County got into the fall spirit for the annual Pumpkin Festival at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market on Oct. 18.

    The festivities took place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and included fall-themed activities such as pumpkin carving, apple butter making, pumpkin cannons and a zombie trail ride.

  • Distracted while driving? Hands off, says legislator

    Convinced that phones behind the wheel endanger everyone on the road, the legislator who championed a stronger anti-texting law for Virginia in 2013 wants to take them out of drivers’ hands altogether next year.

    Del. Richard Anderson told a conference on distracted driving in September that he will introduce a bill to ban all use of handheld devices by motorists in the commonwealth, as 14 other states and Washington, D.C., have done.

    Phone calls by hands-free technology would remain legal.

  • Fries will help church with flood damage

    FRIES — The town of Fries is working with Pastor Lee Thomas of Fries United Methodist Church to control flood damage to the church building that has been caused by heavy rains.

    During Fries Town Council’s Oct. 7 meeting, Mayor Richard Farmer requested an update on the situation from Thomas, who had approached council earlier in the year with the problem.

    Thomas presented a plan to the board that involved digging a ditch to divert the path of rainwater from the building.

  • Rooftop of Va. launches annual toy drive

    Local businesses have an opportunity to help kids in need and create good public relations at the same time.

    Rooftop of Virginia’s Community Action Program has begun its annual drive for its Toy Shop and requests items suitable for children 0-18 years of age, but they’re also seeking businesses to participate in their donation box programs.