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Today's News

  • Rural mail service criticized

    WASHINGTON — The National Newspaper Association has again called for measurement of on-time delivery of rural mail.

    The association’s president says an alarming deterioration in rural mail service is being reported across the country.

    “The Postal Service took a radical step when it began closing down the processing operations in smaller cities and moved them to the heart of urban America” said National Newspaper President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, Neb.

  • Carroll set to adopt $41.9M budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will meet on May 26 to adopt the fiscal year 2016 county budget and set tax rates.

    Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on the second floor of the Carroll County Governmental Center.

    In April, the board reviewed a proposal for the budget, which included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Haynes, Choate exchange vows

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Daniel Ray Choate and Lisa Marie Haynes were united in a private marriage ceremony in Las Vegas at the Chapel of Flowers.

    The bride is the daughter of David Hodges of Martinsville, Va., and Joyce Sanders of Knoxville, Tenn. She owns and operates Hashtag Clothing & More in Hillsville, Va.
    The groom is the son of Andy and Dora Leigh Choate of Galax, Va. He is employed by Wytheville Community College as assistant professor of construction technologies at Crossroads Institute.

  • Public record for 5/27/15 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October of 2014 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Kenneth Straley Wagg Jr. of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $25 costs.

  • Cavaliers dominate Fleming

    HILLSVILLE –– With a benign little one-run opening to the bottom of the first inning in its Conference 24 softball quarterfinal game Monday, Carroll County had two outs and two runners on.

    And a lot of damage left to be done.

    The Cavaliers sent 11 more batters to the plate with two down, scored nine more runs and were off to the races, using a 10-run first inning to jump all over William Fleming for a five-inning, 27-0 win.

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  • Double duty for Strickland

    HILLSVILLE –– Like most kids who are into multiple sports, Cheyenne Strickland’s favorite has been the one that’s happened to be in season at the moment. The Carroll County senior still can’t decide. But she’s got four more years to try.

    Strickland committed to Ferrum College last week to play volleyball and softball, and while dual-sport athletes at the collegiate level aren’t exactly common, she relishes the thought of giving it a shot.

  • Devils zip to 18-5 win, Lady Cavs go 19-0

    WARDELL –– It’s a good inning when you can put up a crooked number. It’s a good day when you can put up a zip code.

    Grayson County borrowed the Palm Beach, Fla. postal ID for its line score – 33480 – and capped a 17-win regular season with an 18-5 win over the Blue Tornado in a nondistrict game Friday at Southwest Virginia Community College.

    The win avenged a 2-1 loss to Richlands in April.

  • Galax overtakes G-Men

    Galax boys’ soccer coach Troy Barkley has said it many times throughout the season: If his Maroon Tide can get a consistent effort for 80 minutes, his boys will be an awfully tough team to beat.

    They’re no easy nut to crack as it is.

    Despite the rarity of trailing in the second half, Galax finished its regular season with a 14-1 mark after rallying to overtake Graham 4-2 in a Mountain Empire District match and the season finale for both teams Friday at Galax High School.

  • Conference tournament pairings/results

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    Conference 46

    Saturday at higher seed

    Quarterfinals

    Patrick Henry 8, George Wythe 7

    Chilhowie 15, Rural Retreat 8

    Tuesday at Patrick Henry H.S.

    Semifinals

    Galax 2, Patrick Henry 0

    Fort Chiswell 6, Chilhowie 1

    Wednesday at Patrick Henry H.S.

    Championship