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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.

  • 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.

  • Board buys land for new Galax school

    The Galax City School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Kipling Lane property for the development of a new elementary school.

    The board has discussed the possibility of building a new elementary and middle school on the site, which sits in a residential neighborhood in the Fries Road community.

  • Austinville woman injured in wreck, trapped for 12 hours

    AUSTINVILLE — An Austinville woman was admitted to a hospital Oct. 16 after a single-vehicle accident that trapped her in her vehicle with injuries for 12 hours, state police said.

    Police were notified at 2:40 p.m. last Thursday of a vehicle over the side of the mountain along Stoots Mountain Road in Austinville.

    Responding officers and rescue teams found Carolyn K. Stephens, 44, trapped in a 2010 Ford Expedition over the side of the mountain.

  • Carroll to upgrade school security

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools has received nearly $100,000 in school security equipment grants.

    The grant awards are part of a $6 million grant disbursement approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in September. According to a news release, the grant funds were split to assist 100 school divisions in the state, as well as six regional education programs. Funds will help buy video monitoring systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies and other security upgrades in 373 schools and other buildings.

  • Grayson tightens school food rules

    INDEPENDENCE – Students can now be excluded from extra-curricular activities in Grayson County if their cafeteria debt isn’t taken care of.

    Grayson School Board members voted this month to pass a new charge and collections policy for debt that has gotten out of hand.

    The division’s Director of Personnel, Judy Greear, approached the board during its regular meeting in September to discuss what she called a “spiraling problem” over the last few years – debt in the cafeterias.